Are you Vata deranged? Am I? What does that even mean? Was I just insulted?
No, let me assure you, you were not insulted. Vata is one of the Ayurvedic Doshas, your Body-Mind Constitution. Vata is the type governed by Air and Space. It’s main season is Fall, time of day is 2-6 AM and PM. The qualities of Vata are light, mobile, rough, cold, dry, and subtle. So me asking you Are You Vata Deranged is just a gentle check in!
When we are exposed to stress, be it at home, work, traffic or whatever else comes at you, Vata tends to go a little out of balance. Depending on your constitution it may not take much to get off kilter.
Today was one of those days for me. I got stuck on the phone with a friend for an hour while working on two projects for my business that are incredibly important and equally stressful. Meanwhile I missed lunch time and now my stomach all of a sudden started to rebell against the emptiness inside. While on the phone, I wasn’t just thinking about my projects that didn’t get done, but also started to clean- and re-arrange my living room. Multi-tasking at it’s best!
When I got off the phone my heart was racing, my hands shaking and I felt a bout of anxiety. I knew I had just pushed my own limits of multi-handling and my Vata constitution did not take lightly to it.
These things happen, I’m sure you’ve been there. One more thing or person demanding your attention can push you over the edge.
High Vata tends to cause nervous disorders, anxiety and depression, overwhelm and over-stress, insomnia, poor concentration, lack of focus, and an all-round flustered state of mind.
Right now we are moving from Vata season, Fall-Winter, into Kapha season, late Winter- Spring. Does that mean we don’t have to worry about any of these things anymore and will leave all these afflictions behind? Not at all my friends.
This is a time where mother nature serves us wind storms, and cold and balmy alternating temperatures. Tax season is upon us causing many of us stress and aggravation. Holidays are close by, another stress-factor for many. Bills may be piling up. Our food intake may have been less then perfect over the last few months, our digestion is sluggish and just not quite right. And we may just feel a little off and more touchy then usual.
It’s not surprising our stress levels may be up a little bit, or we may cope with stress not quite as successful as normal. At this time everything may get too much, work, family life, the guy who just cut us off at the intersection, or the never-ending line up at the grocery store. You may feel like running and screaming and pulling your hair out
You probably guessed it by now: Your Vata may be a little deranged!
No need to panic, there are things you can do help yourself get back into balance.
1. Eat more grounding foods. Eat healthy oils, have some root-vegetables. Make sure your vegetables are warm and steamed or baked. Include some warming spices in your meals.
2. Meditate. Take just ten minutes once or twice per day to shut the door behind you, sit in a quiet space, even if you have to resort to the bathroom to get away from kids, pets, and spouses. Light a candle if you wish. Come back to your breath. Inhale on a count of 4, hold your breath on a count of 4, exhale on a count of 4, hold your breath on a count of 4. Do this 10 to 20 times and notice how much calmer you feel.
3. Take a hot bath. Use whatever you like, bath oils, epsom salts if your muscles are tired and stiff. Carve that time out for yourself and let the outside world float away.
4. Don’t under-dress. Yes, spring is almost here, at least according to the calendar. But don’t under-estimate the brisk winds and cold nights we are still getting. Make sure to dress warm and protect your neck and ears from too much wind.
These are just a few things you can do to stay grounded through the change of season. If you don’t know what your Body-Mind Constitution is, you can take the Dosha test here. Learning about your constitution is the first step to being better prepared for things you have no control over. So keep your head on, stay warm, and get balanced!
I would love to hear how you stay balanced when stress is coming at you! Please share your comments below and, if you liked it, share this post with your friends!