How To Stay Grounded Through Times Of Change
Life is always changing for me. Recently I moved house five times in three months and was juggling 3-4 different jobs at a time. It can be incredibly unsettling.
It’s certainly been a challenge to balance all the changes happening around me and my Vata has been a little out of balance. I’ve been experiencing the normal Vata symptoms of nervousness, feelings of anxiety about the unknown, lack of concentration and my memory hasn’t been all that great.
Our bodies have a great way of letting us know when we're doing too much and about to have a burn-out. The key thing is to LISTEN.
Below I’ve put together some tips that help me to have the time and energy to get through the changes and demands of life but still keep it together.
Meditate daily. I like to meditate for 20 minutes twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. I rise early (before the sun rises) to allow time for this special practice. I’ve seen huge benefits from meditation since I began including reduced stress and anxiety, a more calm and stable mind and improvement in my sleep patterns. It sets me up for the rest of the day.
Exercise daily. Even if it’s just 20 minutes of yoga in the morning, or a 30-minute walk in nature, exercise naturally warms up my body from the inside out and opens up my mind to a whole new level of consciousness.
Avoid coffee and alcohol. These two stimulants have never agreed with me nor will they balance any person with a Vata-dominant constitution. They are a major cause for anxiety, depression, nervousness and varying moods and emotions, so it’s best to avoid them where possible.
Instead, drink Brahmi Tea. Brahmi has been my saviour especially while my mind has been hard at work and study. Brahmi assists with nervous system problems including loss of memory, concentration, cloudiness and heaviness. I recommend it to all students!
Eat only warm, cooked foods. Soups, warm milk, porridge and root veggies are grounding, nourishing and stable, perfect to have during the cooler months and times of change and uncertainty going on in our external environment. They are also a lot better for digestion compared to raw, cold foods because the body doesn't have to work as hard to cook it.
Be kind to yourself. Watch a movie, listen to calming music or go get a massage. Do something nice for yourself without feeling guilty for doing it. Rest is an activity that your body will thank you for.
Surround yourself with positive people. Learn to let go of relationships that don’t bring the best out of you. Instead surround yourself with people who want to see you live a healthy, happy and successful life.