The world is glorifying multitasking and rushing around, and following such a routine everyday can, ultimately affect you negatively, especially for mental health- spurring illnesses like anxiety, stress, headaches, insomnia and even other conditions like digestive disorders and autoimmune diseases.
Following a simple Ayurveda routine and way of life can not just help you stay more healthy and energetic, but will also keep you more grounded, centered and more balanced both physically and emotionally. Keep reading to find out more about it.
The Ayurveda Routine That Will Help You Stay Centered
Start Your Mornings Right
Ayurveda focuses a lot on having the right morning routine, and it all starts with not just waking up early, but waking up at the same time- this is the key to developing a pattern where you wake up fresh and well rested.
This can be followed by a few minutes of meditation and setting an intention to feel centered and happy throughout the day.
Drinking a glass of warm water is the next best thing to do- it helps flush out all the toxins.
Follow this with a quick massage with some healthy oil such as sesame oil, and then have a bath.
Eat a healthy breakfast mindfully and without any distractions. Keep practising mindfulness the entire day- focusing on just one task at a time as opposed to getting overwhelmed and doing multiple things at the same time.
Have your lunch around 1pm- that’s when your digestive abilities are the strongest. Walk for 10 minutes after that and follow it up with a short afternoon nap if you want to. Remember to rest in between periods of continuous work.
Focus on the Foods
Nature is a great nourisher, and if you look around, you’ll find it full of foods that are packed with nutrients that help keep you energized and yet, grounded and centered. Carrots, turnips, parsnips, beet and other such root veggies are great. Lean meats, foods that are naturally red, pumpkins, squashes, nuts and seeds are all known for their ability to help keep you centered and bring more balance to your life.
Dinner & Bedtime Rules
Your dinner should ideally be around 7-8 pm. Before dinner, give yourself some time to unwind- a nice walk in the park should do it. Having your dinner outside, close to the nature can help you stay even more grounded. After you’re done with dinner, sit down for 5 minutes, and then walk for another 10 minutes to improve your digestion.
Keep your evenings relaxing and less active. Avoid working on things that require a lot of your concentration and effort during the evenings, especially before bedtime. If you can, have a warm and relaxing bath right before bed. You can also add a few drops of your favorite relaxing essential oil such as vanilla or lavender to induce good sleep.