“You are overthinking this”
What not to say to a Vata during times of stress!
In times of stress or when imbalanced, Vatas are prone to overthinking. Anxiety and an overactive mind, can also be signs of this. Have you found it hard to focus? Do you have insomnia? Does your mind race with millions of thoughts and replay the day? This Is Vata at play. Vata energy is delicate hence easily disturbed and can show up in the body with digestive complaints like bloating, flatulence and lack of appetite. Emotional signs are worrying, the mind racing, anxiety and insomnia.
Eat warm, soupy foods that are light to digest (steamed vegetables, homemade soups, kitchari) are great for Vatas. If your primary dosha is Vata, this type of diet will be useful long term and can improve anxiety significantly.
Stay away from raw foods as this will aggravate a weak digestive system further.
Favour warm, heavy oils like sesame and almond and do a self massage of abhyanga. The heavy nature of oils is grounding.
Ground the excess Vata energy by spending more time in nature. Put your bare feet on the earth or walk in natural surroundings. Even something as simple as sitting on the grass for a picnic, or relaxing in nature will ground excess Vata energy and help anxiety.
Ayurveda has many herbs that can stabilise vata and release Vata energy and an Ayurvedic Practitioner can work with your unique vikruti – body state, to prescribe the correct diet, lifestyle and herbal treatment for you.