Аrghh - the worst possible day of the week as the weekend seems all too far away. But Wednesday on a wet, grey February morning is even worse - you know, it is one of those days that all you want to do is snuggle under the blanket and do nothing but watch “The Sex and The City” for the umptiest time.
How can Ayurveda help with these so Kapha symptoms (the end of winter and the transition to spring is Kapha season, so everyone will be affected by it):
1. Get up early - ideally before 6 am when the Kapha time of day starts. Sleeping in will make you even lazier and heavier, so get out of bed at the same time every day. Don’t worry, soon it becomes a habit. Besides, you will find that you have so much more time, to do things you never have the time for, that you will love your early mornings.
2. Drink your golden milk - Use warm coconut milk, turmeric, ginger, and honey to infuse your body with warmth. Temperature is a big thing in Ayurveda so your breakfast - a smoothie or some cooked fruit - should be warm and a bit spicy (cinnamon and ginger are ideal). The spiciness will kick-start your day as nothing else will.
3. Do your yoga - Really, do not leave your yoga practice for the after-work hours as you will most probably feel so run down by then that it is a high chance you will skip it altogether. Don’t. Skip. Your. Yoga. It is another warmer and energizer that is invaluable during Kapha times. And all the time for that matter.
4. Abstain from snacking between meals - Snacks will only make you feel heavier and sleepier. Warm ginger tea or a dosha appropriate fruits will do a better job at maintaining your energy throughout the day.
5. Make your dinner more festive - Even though it is the middle of the week, no meal is irrelevant or should be eaten just so that it is eaten. Light a candle, cook it yourself, enjoy it. A little bit of specialness every day will save you from the grunge and boredom of the workdays’ routine.
6. Find time for little joy every day - It may be a book to read before bedtime or a walk with your dog, playing with the kids or a glass of wine shared with your partner. Whatever it is, spending some quality time for yourself will help you ground, unwind and relax. Avoid going to bed ungrounded as it will ruin your sleep and then you will not be able to follow steps 1 to 5.
The science of Ayurveda may seem complex, but it doesn’t have to be. Stay tuned for more!