If you’re sick and tired of feeling stressed and unhealthy, then its time to combine mindful living and Ayurveda to feel blissful.
In this article I want to share with you 7 ways I found to combine mindful living and Ayurveda after letting life get a little out of control. Maybe you can relate…
I found myself being busy day after day and felt totally stressed out.
After 3 months of being sleepless, overworked and tired, I said to myself, “Enough is enough. I have to take charge of my life. And it was from there that I started a journey towards self-care and discovered 2 interconnected practices – mindfulness and Ayurveda.
I began to eat better, sleep more, and feel good, and I figured out how to include more a mindful Ayurvedic lifestyle into my daily routine (which wasn’t tricky at all).
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7. Sync your sleep with the sun
I got into the habit of working on my laptop and looking at social media every night before bedtime. Sometimes I also ate late night meals. After 3 months, I began to lose sleep and it was difficult to get out of the bed in the mornings.
Luckily, that phase of sleeplessness didn’t last too long because…
…I learnt how to make mindful health choices through Ayurveda, which taught me to be aware of my sleeping habits. Waking up before sunrise and going to bed by 10 PM is said to be ideal, not that I always managed that, but I definitely made getting more sleep a priority.
I began to do a digital detox at night and turn off all my devices before dinner time and started going to bed at 10 even if I wasn’t sleepy. After all, we all know that technology can affect the quality of your sleep.
After a couple of days, I started to fall asleep as soon as my head hit the bed. And better yet, I’d wake up feeling well rested – even without an alarm clock!
6. Nourish your skin naturally
Often times we’re too busy to even read the labels on the bath and body care products we use, yet so many of them contain harmful toxics hidden in them.
Your skin can absorb these nasty ingredients, and while you don’t need to go crazy, making more informed and mindful choices in your beauty and bath products definitely helps.
I love this lavender infused shower gel from Avalon Organics.
Ayurveda advocates the use of herbs and oils which are found abundantly in nature. So by combining mindful living and Ayurveda, I ditched artificially and synthetically made toiletries and started to use ‘good-enough-to-eat’ products to get clear skin and shiny hair.
5. Drink water slowly
Did you know that if you drink too much water in one go, your body doesn’t fully absorb it? So yes, drink lots of water but don’t gulp, which is what I used to do as I was always dehydrated.
Be mindful about your water intake by drinking when you’re thirsty, sipping it slowly and avoid drinking a lot of water before and after your meals.
Also, be aware of what you drink from – are you drinking out of plastic bottles all the time? If yes, it’s time to replace these with glass or copper.
The Ayurvedic approach recommends drinking from a copper pitcher, bottle or tumbler because copper has healing properties.
4. Do breathing exercises
I had never paid attention to my breath until I learnt pranayama (breathing exercise used in yoga) which is a part of an Ayurvedic routine. Did you know that most of us don’t even use the full capacity of our lungs – and take super shallow breaths?
You can be mindful of your breathing by observing how you inhale and exhale through your nostrils. Each time you focus on the in-breath and out-breath, you automatically come to the present moment, with no worries about the past or future.
Check out this video to learn simple Pranayama breathing techniques you can incorporate into your Ayurvedic morning routine.
The Ayurvedic approach believes that breathing properly and fully can prevent diseases caused by stress. So watch that breathing babe!
3. Exercise in moderation, avoid exhaustion
I remember going for a run or playing a sport to be fit, but most of the time this left just me feeling completely exhausted – instead of energized.
Ayurveda reminds you to be mindful of doing an appropriate amount of exercise which suits your body type, aligns with your dosha and fits with the time of the year.
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Also, Ayurveda teaches you to choose the most suitable workout regime for yourself which lifts your energy, aids your digestion and stabilizes your body.
Don’t ignore the signs if you’re exercising too much, especially if you’re a bit of an exercise junkie like I used to be.
Ayurveda says you’re overdoing it if your mouth feels dry, you’re breathing from your mouth and experiencing sweat on your nose, forehead, hands and legs. Now I keep all these factors in mind and don’t strain myself during a workout.
2. Meditate for self-care
These 2 practices – mindful living and Ayurveda – also focus on meditation to create inner well-being.
I simply began to meditate for 2 minutes every day. I figured, anyone could do two minutes a day, even me!
Through mindfulness meditation I started noticing my body, breath, sensations, thoughts, feelings and emotions. And after a couple of weeks, as I dived deeper into this daily practice I was able to identify things which made me upset, scared, frustrated and angry.
Though I was restless in the beginning, soon enough I was able to (almost) effortlessly bring myself to the present moment. Taking deep breaths, and allowing everything to be there, even embracing it. I feel calmer and less anxious now.
1. Eat mindfully
Mindful living and Ayurveda inspired me to think about what I put into my body. Mindfulness is about pausing in the middle of mindless chaos and bringing your focus to the present.
Notice how you feel each time you eat a meal. Does a late night dinner affect your sleep? I realised that eating a light meal 2 hours before I go to bed works the best for me. I also learnt how to avoid food cravings with Ayurveda.
Okay! Busy babe, so I just shared with you my 7 tips for incorporating mindful living and Ayurveda. But know I want to know your tips, let me know in the comments.
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