Stress is a body's method of reacting to a challenge. Stress management refers to the wide spectrum of techniques and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person's levels of stress, especially chronic stress, usually for the purpose of improving everyday functioning.
Excessive mental, emotional and physical stress can worsen the symptoms of many chronic disorders, including hypertension. This is due to hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that can imbalance the nervous system and depress the healing ability of the body.
Enhancing the body's ability to recover from stress is the main purpose of stress management.
The following procedures help to reverse the body's response to stress:
- Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Oil Massage): Massage with oil calms the nervous system, lubricates and rejuvenates the tissues, and promotes healthy circulation throughout the body. The Abhyanga is a practice of rejuvenation and loving self-care that benefits both the physical body and enhances consciousness. In addition, the oil itself forms a protective sheath around the body that can help to buffer the nervous system against stress.
- Nasya: Nasya is the practice of applying medicated oil to the nasal passages. It soothes these delicate tissues, promotes unobstructed breathing, relieves accumulated stress, and supports mental clarity. Nasya should not be performed by pregnant or menstruating women.
- Paadabhyanga (foot massage ): Before bed, apply some warm oil to feet. This practice increases the energy, soothes the nervous system, reduces stress, quietens the mind, and promotes sound sleep.
- Internal medicine – in the form of medicated ghrita, vati, kashaya which acts on nervous system is prescribed.
- Pranayama : One of the best ways to cleanse our tissues is to practice Pranayama – Yogic breathing exercises. The practice of Nadi Shodhana is especially effective at clearing accumulated tension, relieving stress, and supporting an improved mental disposition in the face of everyday stressors.
- Yoga: Yoga helps to reduce tension, clears stress and stabilizes mind and body. Wherever there is a history of excess stress, vata and pitta pacifying yoga routines are most appropriate.
- Dhyaana (Meditation): Meditation helps to reduce stress through the development of passive awareness and improves the healthier response to stressful situations.