How to successfully change your lifestyle with Ayurveda.
Ayurveda give many rules about life-style choices, from diet to exercise, daily routine and disease prevention. Remembering and apply the many roles can be daunting, balancing the doshas, balancing the mind, it can become very complicated, however Ayurveda is about simplifying what is complicated.
I remember when I first tried to create an Ayurvedic plan for my imbalances, there were many areas in needed of a change that I didn’t know where to start, if was overwhelming and off-putting.
It was too complicated.
Trying to change everything in one go can create a lot of stress, high expectancies, struggle, disappointment or even sense of failure. This is not a good state of mind.
One might think that the way to go is to focus on one thing, however this too might not work.
Any change needs some planning and organizing, it needs to be supported to be successful.
For example, if you try to incorporate exercise or even self-massage, squeezing a slot in your already tight schedule, you might find yourself very imbalanced, stressed trying to fit everything in 24 hours.
Another example is to change your diet into an Ayurvedic diet, but you struggle to find the time to cook or to shop for fresh food. Maybe the cooking takes too long, and you undercook the food or eat in a rush, for example. While your meal might have Ayurvedic ingredients, however it creates imbalance, stress, indigestion, etc.
Your whole body-mind system needs to work together to have a positive change.
Tips on how be successful:
1) Choose a starting point and see how you can support that change.
For example, let say that you decide to change your diet. Ask yourself what you need to support this change?
a. Create a meal plan, organize your shopping list and recipes.
b. Schedule time to go shopping (or shop online and have the food delivered to you if you don’t have the time to go shopping).
c. You will also need a slot time to cook that food, or delegate someone to do the cooking for you.
d. Schedule time to eat slow and in peace (at least whenever possible).
e. Can you make meal times regular? Maybe some days yes, however some days it’s not possible; how you can adapt the days you can’t eat at the same time?
As you see, you will need to organize your day around your choices and your working schedule. If you are self-employed you must organize your working time so that it doesn’t take over your whole life.
Most important, one needs to be realistic with expectations (you only have 24hrs in a day) and be open towards changes, compromises and adaptation.
2) Organize your day.
a) Prioritize what it is essential and need to be part of your schedule (work, kids, etc.)
b) identify things that have some flexibility.
c) Delegate when possible, create a support group, including support from family and partner.
d) Identify things that can be dropped to create space for what is really important, including new things and changes..
3) Make choices based on what you want to prioritize (from priority list).
4) Learn to say no.
This is because you need to discriminate between what is important and needed, and what is not. It is not about say no because you are lazy or you can’t be bothered.
You can share your goals with others, to keep you on track. If you struggle keeping track of your appointments, set alarms and reminders. Team up with a friend for encouragement and motivation.
6) Be prepared for the unexpected, knowing that you will need to make compromises.
Use your “priority list” to identify things that can be dropped to make space to the unexpected. Ask for help when you need it and allow others to help you.
7) Make time for self-care no matter what.
Meditation, self-care, reflection, building a positive mindset, all have a high priority.
When you organize your thoughts and routine, you create clarity. It becomes clearer what you need to focus on and what is a time-waster (or unnecessary).
With clear thoughts what seems to be complicated becomes simplified and clearer.
When it is clear and simple you will succeed.
Mantra to Lord Ganesh, the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom:
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha
What is your struggle (notice how this is linked to your Dosha) ?
How you overcome a difficulty, what is your strategy. Can you see it with an ayurvedic eyes, have you intuitively use a strategy that balance your dosha?
What is your experience in applying Ayurveda into your life?