How to Manage Holiday Stress? A Guide for Each Dosha

February 17, 2020

You put a table in the hall, prepare food, busy, then…who! Is there an anxiety that aggravates people, aggravates and… fear? Even those who like to eat with their families and celebrate at company gatherings will trigger this time of the year. Who did not make the celebration meal sour due to long-term dissatisfaction or excessive fatigue?

Changing your daily activities, visiting family and friends, traveling, managing your obligations, and adjusting your diet can have serious effects on your body, mind and emotions. The effects of these stressors on the human body include:

Sleep problem
Digestive problem
Muscle pain
headache
depression
Lack of motivation
irritability
A certain amount of stress will be good and will increase agility, improve performance and improve memory. However, most of the long-term effects of stress are harmful and lead to greater disease and dysregulation possibilities. With this in mind, especially when the weather changes every year and your daily activities change, it may be beneficial to be more sympathetic to family, friends and yourself.

Ayurveda
One way to address the effects of imbalances that may occur during the holiday season is through Ayurveda. Ayurveda means “knowledge of life” and is an ancient holistic health system. It originated in India and is considered a sister discipline of yoga.

Through Ayurveda, you can respect the environment, the earth, water, fire, air and space/ether elements inside the human body. You use the food in the kitchen with herbs and oil as a medicine cabinet and focus on healing all parts of the body: body, mind and spirit.

In Ayurveda, you can recover according to your posture or physique and personality. You can take the test online or visit an ayurvedic doctor to find out about your dosha. Dosha is a variety of combinations of elements. You have all five elements, but you will have one or the other more or less. .dosha is:

Vata (air and space)
Pitta (fire and water)
Kapha (Earth and Water)
The main goal of Ayurveda is harmony and balance. If there is interference that causes physical or mental illness, you will only feel unbalanced. From Ayurveda’s point of view, to find balance, you need to know the balance between similar increases and opposite actions. So when you want to manage vacation pressures based on your main experience, remember that you are trying to balance!

Ayurveda is very intuitive. When you consider the following guidelines to manage holiday pressures for each holiday, don’t think too much. Remember, no matter what foods, practices, people or activities can make you feel energetic, awake and healthy, this is what you should do, eat and do. You can trust yourself.

Below are guidelines for managing holiday stress per dosha, including recommendations for exercise, diet and essential oils.

Vata
Vata dosha is characterized by air and space elements. If Vata is your main dosha, then you will be greatly affected by the wind, cold and dryness. At this time of the year, the Vata people are particularly prone to anxiety, lack of solidity, general anxiety, constipation or temper. Bucket types require routine, grounded activities and warm food to maintain balance.

Exercise: Do some grounding, warming and allowing it to move freely. For example, try the following activities:

Hiking
ride a bike
Yin Yoga
Vinyasa Yoga
Tai Chi
swimming
dancing
Low-impact aerobic exercise
Diet: Vata people need to prefer warm food. Try the following Vata balancing practices:

Eat foods that are sweet, sour and salty.
Preference for rice, buckwheat, wheat and cooked oatmeal (dry oats may aggravate the condition).
Minimize astringent, dry and unprocessed fruit (cooked sweet fruit can be eaten). Preference for cooked or steamed vegetables such as sweet potatoes, pumpkins and carrots.
Cook with sesame oil, olive oil and ghee; use seasonings such as ginger, garlic and chili.
Drink warm chamomile herbal tea and ginger tea and stay away from alcohol and sugar.
Essential Oils: For aromatherapy, try the following essential oils:

cinnamon
clove
lavender
Other sweet oil

Pita
Pitta dosha is characterized by fire and water elements. If Pitta is your main cooked food then you will be very affected by the heat, warm air and spicy food. At this time of the year, Pitta people may be particularly prone to anger, inflammation, seasonal affective disorder, diarrhea or neck pain. Pita type requires stability, grounding habits and cooling food to maintain balance.

Exercise: Do some relaxation and restore physical strength. For example, try the following activities:

Hiking
ski
ice skating
weightlifting
Martial arts
Restorative yoga
Yin Yoga
Diet: Pita people need a preference for soothing, cool food. Try the following Pitta balance practices:

Eat foods with sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes.
Favor rice, quinoa, and wheat.
Minimize consumption of sour fruits and favor bitter vegetables, cooked or raw, like kale, broccoli, squash, cucumber, and peas.
Cook with ghee, sunflower oil, or coconut oil, and use cooling spices and herbs such as fennel, coriander, cardamom, and dill.
Drink warm peppermint herbal tea and stay away from alcohol and sugar.
Essential oils: For aromatherapy, try the following oils:

Sandalwood
Clary sage
Rose
Other sweet, cooling fragrances
Kapha
The Kapha dosha is characterized by the earth and water elements. If your predominant dosha is Kapha, you are strongly affected by the darker days of winter and often find the couch or bed very inviting. This time of year, Kapha people may be prone to sluggishness, depression, tiredness, congestion, and bloating. Kapha types need some inspiration and motivation, and may need others to help them get up and get them motivated to move.

Exercise: Do exercise that is energizing and invigorating. For example, try the following activities:

Heated yoga
Dance
Running
Rock climbing
Aerobic sports like basketball, tennis, or ultimate Frisbee
Diet: Kapha people need to favor warming, spicy, and astringent foods. Try these Kapha-balancing practices:

Eat foods with bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes.
Favor corn, millet, rye, and buckwheat.
Minimize consumption of sour, juicy fruits and favor steamed vegetables such as broccoli, kale, and eggplant.
Cook with sunflower, safflower, or canola oil, and use fragrant spices such as garlic, ginger, cumin, black pepper, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Use spices in general while cooking as they are pungent, astringent, or bitter and therefore balancing for Kapha.
Drink warm ginger tea or chai herbal tea and stay away from alcohol and sugar.
Essential oils: For aromatherapy, try the following oils:

Myrrh
Eucalyptus
Cedar
Clove