Adult Health and Stress Survival Tools

By John Peterson, M.D.

We live in a world filled with anxiety and stress. How we handle that stress determines how grounded and happy and successful we will be. Fear and anxiety may bubble up out of depression In Maharishi Ayurveda anxiety is generally caused by an imbalance in Prana Vata (Mental clarity and the "in breath" and Sadhaka Pitta (a "pinch" between the heart and the mind.) The underlying cause is Pragyapradh - the mistake of the intellect - when the intellect becomes cloudy and loses its connection with wholeness and bliss.

Specific causative factors include irregular routine (time of eating and sleeping) food that is dry, rough, uncooked and cold, excessive exercise, suppression of natural urges, excessive use of the senses and lack of sleep.

An anxiety-reducing regimen includes regular Transcendental Meditation®, getting up early and taking a walk in nature, daily exercise without straining including Yoga asanas and Pranayama, gardening and playing with children, Maintain a clean body, wear clean clothes and live in a clean environment. Maintain contact with Sattvic surroundings including contact with good people and good friends.

Live in correct Vastu - with the home opening to the east or north and sleeping with the head to the east or south. To read more about this ancient science of architecture, visit: Use fresh flowers and aromas in rooms where staying for a long time. Spend time with the starts at night and follow your heart.

Avoid factors that create indigestion such as eating too fast or too slow and drinking too much during meals. Avoid smoking and alcohol and dark colors. Avoid cold, frozen leftover foods and daytime sleep.

Food should be organic, fresh and warm and sattvic and pure (rice, almonds, ghee, milk, honey, sweet fruits).

The best MAPI herbal products are Stress Free Mind, which includes Ashwagandha, Gotu Kola and Brahmi (Bacopa) along with Worry Free Tea and Worry Free tablets, with Gotu Kola, Dwarf Morning Glory and Pearl.

The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.