In an earlier post on being a great boss in a recession we wrote about the need to stay calm. Here is the quote.
Try being more relaxed and appearing more positive even in these challenging times. If necessary use a relaxation technique to help you control your own anxiety – don’t spook your staff! Be realistic but don’t panic – it just frightens people! Remember Type B personalities succeed just as often as Type A in this day and age and they live longer to enjoy it”
Here courtesy of Maharishi Ayurveda are some ideas that might help
“Seven Ways to Stay Calm in Tough Times
There is an inspiring chain mail circulating on the internet these days. It tells you to follow the 90-10 rule for a happier life. The 90-10 equation is as follows:
90% is what happens to you-it’s out of your control. 10% is how you react to what happens to you-that is totally in your control.
What can be better advice than this in times that are truly uncertain, and fraught with situations that seem beyond control?………..!
Here are some specific ayurvedic stress-management tips to help you cope better in troubled times:
Reach Out: Loneliness aggravates anxiety. Be in the company of those you love. But instead of merely spending time with family and friends, take steps to rejuvenate your relationships. The best way to do this is to give more of yourself in terms of time, energy and attention.
Take control of your responses: An instant way to calm jittery nerves is to start breathing slow and deep. This brings down the heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension, sending a relaxation response throughout your body and mind. Inhale so that you can feel the air right reach into your abdomen. Take care not to breathe too fast…keep the pace easy and the rhythm steady. The use of an…essential oil at this time-lavender, rose, jasmine …. are good choices-will support your deep breathing activity. Do this at least twice a day for 10 minutes each, and you will experience a new sense of bliss.
Eat Right: Ayurveda believes that you really are what you eat. And if that is true, then eat foods that help you relax. Choose foods that help beat back stress-generating free radicals. All fresh and seasonal fruits, lightly cooked and spiced vegetables and whole grains will repair your tired mind and body, carrying the goodness down to the tiniest tissues. Antioxidant herbs replete with nature’s own intelligence know how to combat this potent enemy, and can help you fight it too. ….
Drink Up: At least 8 glasses of water a day are essential for efficient flushing out of disease-causing toxic matter from your system….
Exercise: Moderate exercise is a great way to de-stress. Yoga, which is an integral part of ayurvedic healing, is a way to exercise all parts of your body, while also soothing nerves and balancing the mind….
Sleep Well: Recognize the sleep robbers around you. Life these days is filled with more worries than just bill-paying and house-cleaning. They can steal the sleep away from your eyes, leaving you feeling unhappy and unwell the next morning. Ayurveda has some excellent tips on how to get quality rest.The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians recommends these sleep-friendly steps:
- Try to go to bed early — between 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. This period is ruled by the Kapha dosha, which is associated with calm and restfulness.
- Give yourself a massage every day with an ayurvedic oil-it soothes the joints and nerves, bringing good sleep.
- Poppy seeds have a pleasant sedative effect-add them to your diet.
- Favor peaceful, calming activities before bed.
- Before going to bed, sip Vata Tea in warm milk. Or try the Slumber Time Tea. Both the Blissful Sleep herbal supplement and the Worry Free herbal supplement nourish Prana Vata, which regulates mental activity. “
Meditate: The daily practice of …..Meditation can not only drive stress out of your mind, but also change your life in dramatic ways. “
You can also try the relaxation technique we published here at Wisewolf Talking earlier – How to relax