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Stress Management: Learn With Ayurveda

What is stress?

Stress can be identified as a situation that causes changes and tends to create a physical, emotional, social, or psychological strain, or all of them at a time. Simply it can be a state of body or mind which needs attention or any responsive action.

Possible causes of stress:

There are uncountable reasons for stress, which mostly depend on the individual. However, most significant possible cause is failure to tackle any situation and unable to get out of that state.  It is generally attained from the workplace, day-to-day inconveniences, financial problems, relationships, or habits.


It is not easy to understand the situation of self. Being in that condition for a long time can harm the health status of the body. A Small failure can create trouble or an anxiety-like situation for short time On keen observation, one can find a few things listed below


  • Emotional signs such as short-tempered, irritating mood, frustration, and early anger mood swings.
  • Physical signs include raised blood pressure, interference with weight, frequent cold or allergy or infection, loss of libido, etc
  • Social signs include not enjoying anything, shifting to addiction like drugs or alcohol, tending to spend time solitarily
  • Psychological signs include loss of stability and concentration, unreasonable worrying, and negative predictability of every task


Types mostly depend on what basis they are judged on. All stress is not harmful or doesn’t matter in any aspect.

Acute or short-time stress

It can be positive or more disturbing like just before the result of the exam. Hyperexcitement also causes the same disturbance.

Chronic or longer-duration stress

It is a more troubling and never-ending type like that of unemployment, wrong occupation selection, childhood fear or trauma, lonely life, unresolved financial burden, or exam.

Occasional stress

It is a type of stress which is acute but oscillates in life whenever there is a presence of a stem of that event or object.

Eustress is a type of positive stress generally experienced on thrills like in adventure sports, just before finishing a task, or excited to be declared as a winner or anything which causes a surge of adrenaline.

Impact of stress

Stress disturbs individuals in every aspect like at the workplace, while conversations with others lack performance. Prolonged can cause lifestyle disorders like change in nature forever, hypertension, insomnia, anxiety, phobia, peptic ulcers, etc.

Management of stress

Stress is not a fixed medical entity or doesn’t possess any specific treatment.

  • Initial and the most important method to manage it is to rule out the exact cause. And to maintain self-stability in any situation.
  • Practicing Yoga forms like PranayamaTrataka, and another yogic exercise can heal up the individual’s internal power and increase the tolerance threshold.
  • Use of Medhya or Rasayana Drugs like Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Amalaki, Chyavanaprash, Maharishi Amrit Kalash.
Stress management

(Maharishi Amrit Kalash is full of herbal contents which increase longevity, intelligence, and memory power. It also enhances overall well-being and contains antioxidants, Vitamin C and E

  •  Ayurveda procedures like Shirodhara and Nasya have also proven to be very effective
  • Use of soothing music as therapy
  • Sharing the problem with peer group
  • If needed consult a clinicians
Bipolar Disorder

Best Way To Manage Bipolar Disorder Through Ayurveda?

Bipolar Disorder

What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder is a mental situation. An individual experiences mood swings like being highly energetic at a t and intense depression. Bipolar disorder, which used to be called manic depression, is a serious mental illness. It causes a person to have dramatic shifts in emotions, mood, and energy levels: moving from extreme lows to extreme highs. But these shifts don’t happen moment to moment, they usually happen over several days or weeks.


  • Mostly idiopathic.
  • There is no single “bipolar gene” identified, but genetic and environmental factors play a part.
  • For example, one interesting clue is that people with family members who have bipolar disorder are 10 times more likely to have it themselves.
  • Another clue is that some drugs and medications can trigger manic episodes, like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It’s also worth mentioning that people with bipolar disorder often have other disorders like anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and ADHD. And personality disorders as well, making diagnosis and treatment a real challenge.


There are a few different types, but there are some common symptoms of bipolar disorder shows.

  • First, the low moods are identical to those in a related disorder – major depressive disorder, also known as unipolar depression.
  • Individuals with this can feel hopeless and discouraged and lack energy and mental focus. They may have physical symptoms like eating and sleeping too much or too little.
  • Individuals can have periods of high moods, manic episodes, or hypomanic episodes, depending on their level of severity. In a manic state, people can feel energetic, overly happy or optimistic, or even euphoric with really high self-esteem.
  • When an individual is in a full manic episode, these symptoms can reach a dangerous extreme. A person experiencing mania might invest all of their money in a risky business venture or behave recklessly. Individuals might talk pressured speeches, where they talk constantly at a rapid-fire pace. They might have racing thoughts and might feel ‘wired,’ as if they don’t need sleep.
  • Manic episodes can also include delusions of grandeur. For example, they might believe that they are on a personal mission from God, or that they have supernatural power. And they might make poor decisions without any regard for later consequences.
  • One way to understand these swings is by charting them on a graph. So let’s say the y-axis is mood, with mania and depression being on the far ends of the axis, and the x-axis is time.

The average healthy individual might have normal ups and downs throughout their life, and they might even have some pretty serious lows once-in-awhile, maybe after losing a job or moving to a new place and feeling lonely. An individual with unipolar depression though might have normal highs, but they might have some crushing lows that last for a long period and may not have an obvious trigger.


  1. Bipolar 1 -These are people that have some major lows that last at least 2 weeks, and some major highs that last at least a week or require hospitalization. That said, untreated manic episodes can last as long as 3-6 months. Depression is seen in most cases but doesn’t require a diagnosis.
  2. Bipolar-2– when a person experiences similar lows and has additional highs called “hypomania”, which are less severe manic episodes than we see in Bipolar 1. To qualify for a diagnosis, these hypomanic states need to last at least four days. Once again though, these symptoms generally last a few weeks to a few months.
  3. Cyclothymia/Cyclothymic disorder- Individuals have milder lows as well as milder highs or “hypomania” like you see in Bipolar-2, and they cycle back and forth between these two over a period lasting at least 2 years. Sometimes, people with bipolar disorder can show other, less common symptoms as well. For example, having what is referred to as mixed episodes—experiencing symptoms of both depression and mania at the same time.


Even though there’s no cure for bipolar disorder, identifying and treating individuals important since there’s a real danger that the person could harm themselves or commit suicide. One of the oldest treatments is also one of the most effective treatments, and that’s lithium salts. Lithium acts as a mood stabilizer—smoothing out the highs and lows they experience. That said, it is much better at treating manic rather than depressive episodes, and so individuals who take it often have to take other medications as well, which can be problematic since some antidepressants (like the SSRIs) can trigger manic episodes in individuals who are predisposed to them.

Other treatment options include antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, and benzodiazepines, but many of these—including lithium—have side effects that can be severe and lead to non-adherence which can be dangerous for an individual. Now, unlike certain disorders like unipolar depression, psychological interventions, like talk therapy, or cognitive-behavioral therapy are not particularly effective in treating the manic episodes of bipolar disorder. Having said that, they can still be very helpful tools to help individuals with bipolar disorder in general—especially after a manic episode has ended. They can also help an individual handle stressful situations that might otherwise lead to a manic episode, thereby helping to prevent a potential manic episode in the first place.

Ayurveda Treatment

In the management of bipolar disorders, Ayurveda aims to increase our Ojas and reduce our stressors. To deal with bipolar disorder is to identify and minimize stressors that trigger changes in the mood states

The main tools used to manage the mind are diet and herbs. On a physical level, prana and the senses work at a more subtle level. And mantra and meditation work more at the level of the mind itself.

  • Food includes whole grains, cooked vegetables, mung beans, meats, fresh dairy, nuts, and oils. These help build up Oja’s. Avoid Canned, frozen, old, processed, microwaved, and rancid foods.
  • Use of herbal medicines like ashwagandha, Brahmi, Shatavari, Ginseng, Shanka Pushpi, Nutmeg, Kappikacchu, Haritaki And Bhirigaraj, Jyotishmati, Ginkgo, Jatamamsi,
  • Panchakarma therapy includes, Snehan, Sweden, Vamana, Shiro Dhara (flowing oil on the forehead) and Shiro Basti (oil in a crown on the head) play a role in their direct action on the brain, mind, and subtle energy fields.
  • Yogic exercises like Meditation, pranayama, and Trataka, are also of great importance in managing bipolar disorder.
  • Combined with meditation and other yogic practices
  • Ayurveda works on the subtle aspects of the mind to heal consciousness and release individuals from disease.