We take good care of our bodies in many ways, but wholesome food, consistent exercise, and frequent checkups aren't the only things that keep us healthy and content. A third of our population is thought to be dealing with a diagnosable mental disease at any given time, despite the tremendous advancements made in the field of mental health. The correlation between the mind and body is recognised by the holistic science of Ayurveda. Ayurvedic approaches to managing mental health (Manas Shastra) put a strong emphasis on prevention, gentle intervention, and avoiding stigma.

Practices to follow

Meditation

Mental instability has long been treated by meditation. Your brain is rewired to become more present and aware as a result. Studies on the practice of meditation have revealed that those who engage in it are more likely to be able to deal with anxiety and sadness in a healthy way, as well as develop stronger bonds and meaningful connections with other people. Relax and practise meditation throughout the day for a few minutes per hour. You can develop and enhance your self-awareness through meditation.

Proper sleep

Lack of sleep has been linked to lowered immunity, increased unhappiness and anxiety, and impairment of cognition and concentration. Professional Ayurvedic practitioners recommend getting a solid 6-7 hours of sleep each night on average. Eat dinner two to three hours before bedtime and take a short media break before bed. The body's deterioration brought on by physical labour, emotional stress, and tissue loss can be reversed with enough sleep. The biological clock can be maintained by maintaining a consistent sleep schedule.

Exercise

Ayurveda views exercise as being essential to mental wellness. Exercise raises levels of serotonin and endorphins, two neurotransmitters widely known for elevating mood. Exercise also lowers bloodstream molecules that contribute to inflammation throughout the body, including the brain. However, a person's psychophysiological type determines the level of exercise that is recommended. Knowing if you have a vata, pitta, or kapha body type is important since too little or too much exercise can be hazardous.

Purification

Purification practises, which are also known as "Panchakarma" in Ayurveda, have been found to have significant positive effects on mental and emotional health. Oil massage (Abhyanga), and Shirodhara (oil poured over the forehead), are a few of the Panchakarma procedures. Combining these and other purification techniques helps the body gradually rid itself of pollutants at the cellular level. Among many other advantages, these detoxification processes have the effect of enhancing mood and mental clarity.

Diet

Modern medicine talks about nutritional psychology and psychiatry, but Ayurveda has long recognised the link between diet and mood. Ayurveda advises consuming warm, easily digestible fresh foods as well as seasonally suitable spices and herbs like coriander, cumin, black pepper, ginger, turmeric, and Tulsi. Favour a diet rich in fresh produce, whole grains, healthy fats, and the six flavours, or Shadrasa, as much as possible. Try to limit your intake of processed, cold, and raw foods. Be sure to drink enough water in between meals.

Pranayama

Taking several deep cleansing belly breaths at dawn and dusk as you practise pranayama (breathwork techniques) will do wonders for cleaning the thoracic cavity. It can help you relax your body if you include it in your dinacharya or daily schedule. Your body will yearn for more tranquilly when it has had some and will draw in energy that is like it.