If we were to travel back 100 years in time, we would see how stressful our lives have become. Whether it is the levels of noise, or travel time to work, much has changed. Now more than ever, we experience things at a faster speed.
But our bodies and minds have not kept pace, the nervous system and the endocrine system are adversely affected by these experiences. It is not possible to change the environment that we live in. Stress is inevitable and even necessary, the way we are deal with it is what makes the difference.
In addition to the yogic practices, certain lifestyle changes will help.
Should be approached with respect. Do not just collapse on the bed when you are ready to sleep. Leave some time for reflection. Let your mind be aware of the events of the day. Mentally run through these events and see if your response to any of them could have been different – and for the better. Sleep early and get up early, regularly. Be aware of the quality of your sleep. If you are not sleeping well, this needs to be addressed. Yoga Nidra and the practice of Tratak will help to improve the quality of sleep.
The best way to approach this is to maintain the rhythm of nature.
Breakfast should be had at sunrise or half hour after sunrise
Lunch should be had at 11 am
Dinner should be had just before sunset.
Food should be eaten when you are calm and in pleasant surroundings – not on the run.
Avoid non vegetarian food and dairy products. Focus instead on grain, fruit and vegetables. Remember, you are what you eat!
In your daily life, there should be a balance of work, rest and play. Rest and play help you to work better.
Our associations are vitally important. Common interests shape the way we feel and think. Observe yourself and listen to positive and negative messages from within. Also find the time to be alone, without speaking, for some time in the day. Reducing sensory input will allow you clarity of thought.