Sujal Torgal Patil
We have focussed on faulty dietary practices before, in this segment of the series we will try to understand the ill effects of modern lifestyle on health and ultimately on the quality of living.
Healthy work lifestyle: Analyse work patterns, atmosphere and stress quotient at work. Whether indoor or outdoor, both kinds of work atmospheres have certain negatives. Those who work outdoors need to care for their body, skin, hair and eyes. Excessive travel or locomotion can cause wear and tear of the body. Follow meal times and stay hydrated appropriately. People with sedentary indoor jobs should do productive movement around the work place. One should avoid lifts, walk as often as possible and stretch. Exertion immediately after meals should be avoided. Take a break, particularly if working on a computer, and take deep breaths near a window. Avoid continuous exposure to air conditioners, radiation, heat or any sort of pollution at the work place. Wear comfortable clothes and foot wear, and avoid unnecessary cosmetics particularly harsh perfumes. Encourage employers and colleagues to have an environment which is conducive to keep everybody healthy and happy. Have health awareness in the form of talks, workshops, yoga sessions or meditation workshops at the work place. The key point is to prioritise health over work.
Appropriate sleep: ‘Early to bed and early to rise’ is the key. One should ideally sleep two hours after dinner and not later than 10.30 p.m. People often misunderstand that if they are awake at night, they can sleep through most of the next day. According to ayurdeva sleeping during the day is wrong unless one is sick, weak or in a physiologically low stage like pregnancy, old age. In case of night-shifts, one can sleep during the day provided it is on an empty stomach and not after eating as one normally does. One should avoid longer walks after dinner. A 5 to 10 minute stroll is more than enough and anything beyond that could impair digestion. Students who study too late at night should change their study hours to early morning and sleep as early as 10 p.m. This will help with concentration and retention.
Avoid erratic night culture: Many threatening health issues stem from this culture. Faulty diet, erratic sleep schedules, irrational addictions and loss of mental and emotional harmony are results of this phenomenon. The problem increases when we forget our limits and succumb to the pleasures of our senses. Yoga and ayurveda along with other healing practices like reiki help deal with such issues.
Listen to your body: Adharaneeya vega is a fundamental concept unique to ayurveda and explains an important cause of various lifestyle disorders. Adharaneeya means ‘that which should not be withheld or controlled’ and vega means ‘urge’. Vega dharana or suppression of natural urges is said to be one of the most important causes of health imbalance.
Initiation of urges is a physiological activity through which waste and other unwanted elements are expelled. These urges are timed by the body at regular intervals or as and when necessary and are controlled by the nervous system. Their suppression not only hinders the elimination of waste products but also causes undue stress on the system and leads to various disorders related to that particular system or throughout the body.
Let read through the effects of suppressing 13 urges.
Amongst the sign and symptoms given below some are immediate and acute, whereas others manifest gradually. The aetiology of disease manifestation in any vega-dharan is derangement of vata dosha which is said to govern all normal movements, motions, cycles and transportations in the body.
Non-removal of waste at the right time leads endogenous toxins to seep through internal visceral linings and enter the bloodstream, and this ultimately contributes to toxic load on all cells.
The human race is advanced in all fields but sometimes these advancements are irrational and completely out of sync with nature. We need to be open, aware and analytical while going about living. We need to introspect and change our lifestyle to enjoy quantitative and qualitative lives.
(Ayurveda consultant at TRAYA natural health centre, Dona Paula
Pandemonium that surrounds healthy living Part V
Sujal Torgal Patil