We are all stressed , aren’t we ? In this sprint of everyday living (sometimes you might feel as exhausted as after your feat on the treadmill !) , but yes, stress is surely becoming part and parcel of our being. And this is irrespective of the age, class or sex. 

Everyone is Stressed

You can see the small kids burdened under their school bags, house-wives stressed with their daily encounters with putting in all efforts for making their house into a home ! The working class (both men and women) are the most effected ones owing to the cut-throat competition they come across in their skirmish customs of survival. Surprisingly, even the retired seniors frequently pronounce their most empathizing ordeals of stress and strain owing to their physical inability and generation gap ! Thus, for some reason or the other everyone seems to be stressed.

Stress is NOT a Disease 

Lets understand that stress in itself is not a disease, until and unless you let it overcome your physical and mental potential. At the same time, you need to be aware about the factors that are leaving you stressed, and try to evade or be easy with them as much as possible. 

15 Top Ayurveda and Natural Lifestyle Tips for Stress Relief



Here are a few practical suggestions that you could easily follow and relieve stress with the best possible natural aids

1. The best technique for de-stressing that I have brought in practice is Meditation. All you need to do is sit erect in squat pose, close your eyes, take deep breath and simply relax. Let go of the world for some time and be yourself. Feel the stress leaving you, grounding into the earth. Be grateful for the experience!

2. It is important to keep your mind occupied in creative and fruitful activities. Don’t let it idle, remember empty mind is devil’s workshop?

3. Ayurveda Shirodhara is a wonderful aid for stress relief practiced in most of the Ayurveda Spa Centres.

4. Both over work and lack of mental rest and relaxation adds to stress. Permit yourself to take a chill pill often ! 🙂


5. The daily diet intake should be regularized in means of proper timing as well as nutritional balance. fresh juices, fibrous foods, raw green vegetables and garden herbs provide with ample supply of anti oxidants and resistance booster.

6. A sound mind dwells in a sound body ! It is therefore essential to keep the body fit and healthy in order to develop better intellect. A regular exercise schedule or walks in fresh air especially in the early sunrise could do wonders. Yoga Nidra and Shavasana are time-tested Yoga poses that are simply assets for relieving stress.

7. Sound sleep for six to eight hours is your daily rest requirement for the proper functioning and recharging of your brain powers. Don’t fight sleep, this is your body’s natural hint for timely de-stressing.

8. I would also vouch for Water therapy. This is an imperative healing modality of Naturopathy. When stressed, think water ! Drink more water, enjoy cool tub bath, have your feet immersed in hot water, play with water or dance in the rain, indulge in water sport like swimming. You will surely feel the stress parting.

9. Make a daily work list and try to handle problems one by one, as it would be rather difficult to cope up with the accumulation. This has helped me immensely. Every time I feel stressed, I prefer to jot down the clutter on a piece of paper. And Lo ! my mind is relaxed and afresh!

10. It is equally important to stay involved and seek for counselling whenever required.

11. Communicate with family and friends if you feel you’re building stress. They know you in and out, and do listen with open mind to what they have to offer.


12. There are some Ayurveda herbs that are expressed more rightly as ‘Brain tonics’. 13.These not only help to combat stress, but can also prove quite beneficial to sharpen intellect and increase the mental powers. For example, Ayurveda herbs of Bramhi, Shankpushpi, Ashwagandha etc.

14. Massage of the scalp and soles of the feet with sesame seed oil is also suggested. Bring this in your everyday lifestyle.

15. Cow’s ghee is the clarified butter made from Cow’s milk and is quite beneficial for the brain. It should be included in daily diet. You may also use it as nasal drops or in head massage to relieve your tensed up nerves.


About the Author:

Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is a leading Ayurveda Professional in India. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach. Dr Sonica is open for National as well as International Collaborations with interested people / institutions in fields of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga.

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