Farmtrue Tips for Managing Stress
Manage stress by managing energy
One of the 3 Pillars of Health in Ayurveda is management of our energy. We can observe how much energy we exert in terms of work, sex, lifestyle, and personal commitments; from there, we can implement routines to replenish ourselves and recover from stress to prepare for future energy expenditure.
Nourishing food and self-care practices assist the body in preparing for and recovering from stress. In particular, we’re looking to nourish and build “ojas”. “Ojas” is simply a Sanskrit term for a strong body and immune system, a stable mind, and the ability to withstand stress. It is vitality, resilience, radiance, and a positive outlook on life. Physically, it is the essence of all vital bodily fluids.
So much of our time is spent being busy, rushing around, working, caring for others and depleting our energy. No matter what is going on in our life, we can access tools through food and lifestyle choices that will support, build and replenish our Ojas.
What depletes Ojas?
Lifestyle: Multi-tasking, sensory overload, excessive sexual activity, over-exercising, and chronic stress.
Food: A diet high in processed foods, refined sugars.
Tips to Restore Ojas
- Incorporate stress reducing foods into your diet that are nutrient dense, whole foods:
Warm, grounding, oily, heavy foods such as ghee, almonds, sesame seeds, dates, warm milk, ginger, turmeric, sweet potatoes, avocados, cream of wheat, raw whole milk with saffron or cardamom, basmati rice, legumes, oatmeal, bananas, spinach, leafy greens.
- Avoid processed foods and refined sugars
- Allow time to slow down and rest
- Get regular exercise, but not too excessive as this can be upsetting to your state of balance. Walking and yoga are great options.
- Nourish your senses with nature and the arts
- Get adequate sleep
- Take a break from social media and long hours on the computer
- Reduce or avoid sexual activity
- Spend time with loved ones
- Practice self-love ☺
Ghee can be used anywhere you might traditionally use olive oil or butter. Cook your eggs with ghee, saute veggies, spread on toast to help break down that hard to digest gluten, add a teaspoon to your coffee or tea to balance acidity and to protect your gut lining.
Golden Turmeric Superfuel Latte
Traditionally an Ayurvedic tonic, “golden milk” has been used for centuries to promote restful sleep, support the immune system, and combat inflammation in the body. It’s no secret we love golden milk, so naturally we had to make our own blend. Learn more about this powerhouse here.
Warming Chai Tea
According to Ayurvedic wisdom, enjoying this comforting chai tea blend during the cooler months has been used for centuries to nurture a healthy immune system. This synergistic blend of Ayurvedic spices and herbs is warming, creamy, and absolutely delicious.
Warming Chai Spice Blend
This Ayurvedic chai spice blend is ideal for mixing directly in ghee when cooking to help aid in digestion. This spice blend is perfect for anything you’d like to add a nice warmth and sweetness to such as sweet potatoes, baked goods, or for sauteing pears and apples!
Fall/Winter Body Oil
If you are feeling dry, ungrounded, anxious, our Fall Body oil is incredibly beneficial. The base oils used in this blend are warm, heavy, deeply hydrating, and nourishing and the herbs that we infuse into these oils are nourishing to the skin and calming to the mind.
This herb-infused nasal oil used to nourish the nasal passages after travel, neti pot use, and to support seasonal allergies and sinus discomfort. The oil is also uplifting to the mind.