The word, Ayurveda, (Ayurvedic) is derived from Sanskrit meaning, “the knowledge of life,” and defines an ancient Indian practice of healing wisdom that has been in practice for over 5,000 years.
When we are trying to maintain balance between mind, body, and spirit, it is important that we focus on several elements of self-care. This balance – a state of equilibrium within oneself called “svasthya” – can be achieved through Ayurvedic self-care practices.
Incorporating these practices into your daily routine, could significantly improve the quality of your mental, physical, and emotional health.
Prioritize Your Well-being With These 10 Ayurvedic Self-Care Practices
Drink water – drink water throughout the day to flush out accumulated “ama” (undigested toxins) and to promote healing. Start each day with a glass of warm water and lemon to get your digestive system running.
Call a loved one – people who we love and who love us in return help to heal us and keep our soul happy.
Drink herbal tea – all natural, caffeine free tea helps us to relax and recharge.
Connect with nature – go for a walk in nature to calm the mind and nourish the senses. Immerse yourself in the beauty around you (flowers, plants, trees, animals) as they are calming, healing, and soothing.
Adopt better sleeping habits – go to bed early and get sufficient rest. This will make you productive and energetic throughout the day. Also wake up early to enjoy the morning calm of nature.
Breathe deeply – take deep breaths throughout the day and disconnect from the noise around you. Breathing deeply is a calming activity that helps to send oxygen to the most vital parts of the body.
Meditation – this can start with a few minutes a day and can progress from there. It is wonderful for establishing equilibrium within your body and mind.
Avoid stress – limit the stressors you expose yourself to. One easy way is to avoid watching the news or violent TV programs in the evening when your body is trying to relax before sleep.
Practice yoga – yoga stretches stiff muscles, provides relaxation and peace, and awakens the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Begin slowly and gently.
Mindful eating – as we have discussed in great detail, eating a fresh diet of whole, plant-based foods are ideal. Minimizing the amount of processed foods we eat will reduce the amount of toxins in our body.
Remember that it takes 31 days to form a habit. Commit to one month, be patient, and know that adopting these practices will get easier with time. Start out by incorporating a few of the practices into your daily routine and add more when you’re ready to. Let us know how it goes!