Anxiety craves routine and predictability especially regarding our most
primal habits including eating and sleeping habits. Here a few tips based on Ayurveda, the medical science and sister science of yoga. Ayurveda has been around for centuries and so you could say it’s been time tested and proven to work for thousands of years.
Start with these suggestions:
1. Go to bed at the same time every night preferably by 10 PM. Wake up at the same time every morning preferably 1 hour before sunrise when there are peaceful, uplifting, spiritual qualities in the atmosphere. These qualities will set the tone of your day.
2. Do the Warrior Yoga Pose for 7 breaths on each side. This pose provides you a warriorʼs
courage, confidence, and concentration to help you meet the day. It also induces deep breathing which is just what you want when you’re used to the shallow breathing that comes along with anxiety.
3. Do a simple breathing exercise each morning and evening. If you are familiar with pranayama, do 20 Anuloma Viloma Pranayama every morning and evening on an empty stomach. If you aren’t familiar with pranayama, I highly recommend purchasing Dr. Vasant Lad’s Pranayama Instruction Video. Dr. Lad is world renown as one of the top Ayurvedic Doctors in the world and is based right in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Anuloma Viloma, which requires visual instruction, is considered the King of Breathing Exercises. It merges the right and left hemispheres of the brain which brings clarity to mind, induces contentment, serenity, and a blissful state.
4. Put organic sesame oil (not toasted) on the soles of your feet and a dab on your scalp before going to bed. Remember to wear loose-fitting socks to bed though, so you don’t get oil on your sheets! The heavy qualities of the sesame oil induce a grounding effect.
5. In a nice warm bathroom, give yourself a full body self-massage with warm sesame oil in the morning followed by a hot shower. Let the oil sit about 10 minutes before hopping in the shower to allow the oil to seep in. When you get in the shower, the oil will seep in your skin pores even deeper. While in the shower, beware of slippery feet and of getting oil on your bath mat. I’d suggest having flip flops nearby and to also use a towel that you’re not too attached to as they could get a little bit oily. Need tips on how to warm up the oil? Reach out to an experienced Ayurvedic Doctor or Practitioner in your area.