It is again that time of the year when you bid farewell to the things past and welcome the change of annual calendar with new hope and energy. It is also the time when you evaluate the sweet as well as bitter memories you made in the 12 months and prepare yourself to move forward with more determination and optimism. This calls for the new year’s resolution which is a tradition in all parts of the world to improve one’s life, change a personal behavior or achieve some goals. If health is one of the resolutions you are going to make for 2018, you are on the right page. Ayurveda is so rich in its wisdom and science that it can help you with that in perfectly harmonious and simple manner.
New Year’s resolutions are often tough and people become too lenient to follow those after a while. So, here is some food for your thought the Ayurveda way, so that you don’t have to stress over it. Ayurveda has great wellbeing tips that are in reality easy to follow and will absolutely change your life in healthier ways. Here're some Ayurveda based approach to new year's resolutions that will help you accomplish a complete transformation of health:
Correct your routine chores
Eat the right kind of breakfast
What you eat first after waking up sets the tone for your body for the whole day. Include something nutritious such as fresh whole fruits or vegetable juices. Fix the timing of your breakfast so that your body clock becomes aware of it. Take a pinch of rock salt and ginger before starting to breakfast as this will boost the digestion as well as the release of digestive enzymes. An ideal breakfast should have a combination of six tastes -- sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent in this particular order. Eat slowly. Stop eating as soon as feel you’re almost full. Never eat to the full appetite.
Drink warm water
Within 10 minutes after you wake up, drink a glass or two of lukewarm water. Add few drops of lime to it. Even while having meals, take small sips of warm water to help the digestion. Never have a lot of water and drink small sips throughout the day. It will help in better absorption of water in your body.
Scrape your tongue after meals
Clean, pinkish tongue is a sign of good health. On the contrary, a white coat over the tongue is the proof of toxins in the digestive system. Always clean your tongue after having a meal. It prevents several diseases from attacking you.
Take care of your sinuses
Cold and allergies occur because people forget to take care of the sinuses. It is a good practice to oil your nasal cavities regularly. Use a good herbal oil or consult any Ayurveda practitioner who can prescribe you a herbal oil that you can use as nasal drops. The mucous membrane inside the nasal passage is the first line of defense against infections, congestion, allergies, etc. The herbal oil keeps the sinus tissues supple and healthy.
Give your body regular oil massage
Ayurveda believes in rejuvenating both mind and body for your complete wellness. Body massage and oil therapies such as Abhyangam, Shirodhara, Nasyam, and Panchakarma highly effective in removing the toxins from the body.
Follow best practices that boost your immunity and health
Wake up early
Rising early morning has its own health benefits as goes the saying, ‘Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’. Once you practise waking up by the sunrise or dawn, you would feel more energetic, far less jittery in the morning. You would be able to concentrate better and be more productive.
Meditate daily even for 10 minutes
It pays well for your health if you indulge in a session of meditation in the morning. It helps you de-stress, lower your anxiety levels, allow yourself some reflection time, and relax your mind. As a result you would be more at peace, happier, and healthier. A sound mind is an important aspect of wellbeing. Pranayam is a good choice for meditation.
Exercise and walk everyday
Exercise is an important aspect of a healthy body. Go for anything that fits your lifestyle, whether it is aerobics, yoga, long walk, or pilates. It boosts hormones and makes your body immunity more resilient by reducing stress levels, hypertension, etc.
Have a sound sleep
It is always a healthy habit to sleep on time. Nurture the respect for your body by going to bed at a scheduled time. 10 o’clock in the night is the ideal nap time and once you body clocks get into the rhythm of uninterrupted sleep at the right hour, it would result in better health in many indirect ways. You would counter fatigue, anxiety, stress, restlessness, and many other problems with this one correction in your routine.
These are the new year’s resolutions that you can follow easily by tweaking your lifestyle in a positive way. Within weeks, you would be able to sense the worth and power of these changes in your health as well as life. Have a great year ahead!