MANAGE YOUR ANGER WITH AYURVEDA
Anger can corrode the mind and chip away at rationality. Ayurveda recognizes anger as a result of excessive pitta dosha in the body. This causes a dosha imbalance which can manifest itself as hot-headed behavior and snappy reactions. Anger is extremely bad, not only for mental health but for physical health as well. It can cause increased blood pressure and numerous coronary complications. For this reason, it is important to take steps to ensure anger does not disrupt a happy and healthy life. Below are a few ways recommended by Ayurveda to prevent anger, anger management and anger related issues.
- It is important to recognize the attributes of pitta dosha which include, light, hot and sharp tendencies. Try to balance pitta by eating, and practicing habits which are comforting, cool and nourishing instead.
- Hot and spicy food must be avoided to a large extent. Lean more towards sweet, bitter and astringent foods. This includes tulsi, sesame, cumin, and so on.
- Pranayama, particularly deep breathing exercises, can vastly help in increasing blood flow to the brain and oxygen to the body as well. These boost cognition and reduce mental stress.
- Nasyam is another ayurvedic practice which can help soothe nerves, calm the mind and relieve the brain. Try it at home with a few drops of ghee in each nostril every night. Alternatively, you can also get professional Nasyam therapy at an ayurvedic centre for immediate relief.
- Apply small amounts of oil on the head and feet every night and massage well. This allows the oil to penetrate deeply and provides the benefits of balancing the doshas in the body. Do this Abhyangam daily for best results.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes to keep the body cool. This also means taking a cold shower in hot weather to regulate the body temperature and keep it from overheating.
- Chyawanprash is a cooling ayurvedic medicine which can help balance pitta and thereby keep anger from flaring.
- Chamomile tea, grape juice with fennel and cumin, are two drinks which can be consumed at times when anger seems particularly prevalent. They help calm the mind and bring some order to an angry state of thinking.
- Rather than perform intense and overly exhaustive activities, it is better to do grounding and calming exercise which does not aggravate the pitta dosha further. Try some gentle yoga, slow hikes, long cycling trips and so on.
Always consult an ayurvedic doctor for the best ways to treat and manage anger.