Stress has become part of life for many of us. High levels of stress cause excess build-up of free radicals in the physiology, and can lead to disease and premature aging. The ancient science of Ayurveda offers many ways to combat day-to-day stress and enhance your natural ability to throw off the effects of stress.

If you have to leave for work by 8:30 a.m., for instance, it’s easy to fit these steps in if you wake up by 6:00 a.m. Schedule for the Ayurvedic Morning Routine

  • Wake up in the morning before 6:00 a.m.
  • Empty bowel and bladder.
  • Wash your face, giving special attention to the eyes.
  • Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth. This is also a good time to drink a cup of water.
  • Perform oil massage.
  • Because it’s best to wait an additional 10-15 minutes for the oil to soak in between your massage and bath, to save time you might want to spend this time shaving, flossing your teeth, or starting your Surya Namaskara or Yoga Asanas.
  • Bathe or shower. Use warm rather than hot water.
  • Perform Yoga Asanas and Surya Namaskara (Salutation to the Sun Exercise).
  • Practice deep breathing or Pranayama.
  • Practice meditation for twenty minutes.
  • Have breakfast — a apple or pesr and warm cereal is ideal.
  • Take herbal food supplements and Rasayanas.
  • School or work.

2. Create an Armor against Stress

Abhyanga is an excellent way to build resilience to stress. “If you don’t have time for the full-body massage, at least massage your hands, feet, and neck region,” advises Ayurvedas. These are major stress areas. They recommends the ayurvedic oil massage if your job is a high-stress one or the Youthful skin massage oil for nourishment of body and mind.

3. Meditate to Release Stress

While all parts of the daily routine are important, the Transcendental Meditation program is the most effective way to reduce stress. While there have been over 600 studies conducted on the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique, perhaps the most impressive research indicates reduction in the stress hormone cortisol; lactic acid, an indicator of stress; and anxiety. At the same time, serotonin, which is a sign of relaxation, increases dramatically.

4. Calm Anxiety with Therapeutic Aromas

“Therapeutic aromas work very well in relieving stress and have a proven calming effect,” says Ayurvedic researchers. Maharishi Ayurveda recommends cooling pitta aroma oil.

Flowers in the home also create a natural soothing aroma. You can enjoy stress-reducing aromas wherever you are by using an aroma locket, a diffuser or incense sticks. Or you can add six drops of aroma oil to your bathwater for a calming effect.

5. Listen to Serene Music

“Music has a vital effect on your nervous system, mind and emotions,” notes Vaidyas. That’s why Maharishi Ayurveda recommends the soothing, serene melodies of Gandharva Veda music, which align biological rhythms with nature’s rhythms. When you listen to music for its therapeutic effect, keep the volume low. Increasing the volume causes noise pollution and actually increases stress.

6. Drink Stress-Busting Beverages

Worry free tea helps support the body’s natural ability to combat stress. Sip a cup of this potent herbal brew at three different times during the day. In the evening, drink Organic tea.

“Often when people feel stressed they drink large amounts of coffee,” says Vaidyas. But if they start gradually substituting Green tea in place of coffee, they will feel more relaxed and less stressed and toxic.

7. Rasayanas

Rasayanas are special herbal formulations that promote all aspects of health. Research on Amrit from Maharishi Ayurveda indicates that it helps increase your ability to withstand stress and nourishes all aspects of your physiology. A powerful free radical scavenger, Amrit is recommended as lifelong support. Other Maharishi Ayurveda Rasayanas for mind/body health include vital man or vital lady, which help create outer dynamism and inner balance and strength.