Ayurveda Stress TypesNow, let’s explore the three Ayurveda stress types that are rooted in the vata, pitta, and kapha doshas.
Vata-Type StressWhen vata-type stress arises, you suddenly realize you’ve begun more tasks and projects than you can reasonably complete and feel totally overwhelmed. You may notice the following…
- Difficulty focusing, as well as racing thoughts
- Bursts of inspiration, quickly overshadowed by uncertainty or indecision
- A deep sense of depletion, making it difficult to access creativity
- BE GENTLE WITH YOUR BODY — Explore physical movement that is grounding, gentle, methodical and breath-oriented. (Ex: gardening, dance, yoga)
- FIND PEACE OF MIND — Bring ease to your mind by remembering that you are separate from your thoughts. Practice witnessing your thoughts and letting them pass, rather than going along for the ride.
- EAT MORE COOKED FOODS — Nourish yourself by eating more cooked and spiced foods, that incorporate healthy fats and proteins for grounding.
Pitta-Type StressWhen pitta-type stress hits, you suddenly realize that your schedule is completely booked for months and you have little margin for error in your life, but have a hard time knowing when or how to pull back. You may notice the following…
- An increase in harsh or judgmental thoughts
- A deepening desire for perfection and control
- Intense exhaustion, while somehow continuing to take on new responsibilities
- PRIORITIZE PLAY — Move your body in a way that emphasizes play and fun, while steering away from competition. (Ex: rec sports, swimming, bouldering)
- SOFTEN YOUR THOUGHTS — Bring ease to your mind by slowing down and simplifying your commitments. Practice saying “no” to additional responsibilities and being less hard on yourself.
- EAT MORE FRUIT — Nourish yourself by eating fresh fruit in between meals. Incorporate more of the sweet and bitter tastes, and less spicy and sour.
Kapha-Type StressWhen a kapha-type stress emerges, suddenly you don’t want to do much of anything. You might even start to feel disconnected or apathetic. You may notice the following...
- Increased brain fog or slow mental processing
- Difficulty getting or staying motivated
- A feeling that new tasks feel too daunting to begin at all
- MOVE YOUR BODY — Explore physical activity that is challenging and helps you release emotion. (Ex: jogging, cycling, cardio dance)
- PRACTICE BEING OPEN TO CHANGE — Bring ease to your mind by allowing yourself to feel into the energy of change. Explore what it would be like to say “yes” more.
- EAT MORE VEGETABLES — Nourish yourself with meals that consist of 60% vegetables, favoring bitter and pungent (spicy) tastes.
- Shop locally to build resilient economies
- Buy food that is seasonal to align with the rhythms of this the Earth
- Nourish your community by donating (time, items or money) to inspiring organizations
- Be kind to strangers
- Make eye contact with essential workers and thank them
- Practice listening by creating space for others to feel heard
- Read books and listen to podcasts to explore your own potential for learning and unlearning
- Check in with your family members
- Send care packages to your friends
- Remember who you love and the world the you long for