Mind Matters

Balancing Your Emotions for Better Wellbeing

In our daily lives, we experience a bagful of emotions. With each passing moment, we have a different view or opinion on looking at things, perceiving the new and old, and at times embracing or else declining the whole scenario. This may have to do with our past experience, but… This also has a lot to do with our own feelings or moods at that moment.

But knowingly or unknowingly, we are also storing a few of these experiences in our physical bodies. And in the long run, unaware of all this on a conscious level, without any known cause or recent activity being the trigger factor, we end up with some signs and symptoms bothering us.

A few Examples of this can Simply be Related, as

  • Diabetes is associated with stress
  • Binge eating, leading to weight gain, is associated with anxiety
  • Knee pain being associated with not surrendering or being full of pride
  • Kidneys associating with fear and danger… and so on

How to Deal With it on an Individual Level

  • Accepting and addressing our emotions, acknowledging them, and trying not to skip or escape from them.
  • Not to let our sense of amusement die.
  • Have a generalised view, a third eye view—be an observer rather than a reactor.
  • Have a curious mind towards the subject; be open to different angles and new perspectives.
  • Understand until we need to hold on to the subject and realise if it is wasting our time and energy and affecting us to what level.
  • Be aware of the expectations you have of yourself and outside factors. Our environment is important, but it is not the only reason or cause for us to blame for our emotional well-being.
  • Being responsible for our thought process, and these should be addressed on a regular basis.
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses; this will help with self-growth and withstand hardship in the long run.

How Yoga can be Used to Help us be Better for Ourselves and Society

  • First and foremost, let’s start with the Yama and Niyamas. They help us shape our conduct on personal and social levels. Being responsible and righteous helps us be sure of ourselves, and we start being content with external factors affecting us.
  • Yoga asanas are a great way of stretching ourselves beyond our own routine. This helps us be flexible and comfortable enough to do that extra 5% and pushes us to go that extra mile (in all different fields).
  • Yoga mudra and bandhas are great ways to stabilise our internal environment.

Different Mudras are used to Initiate and Relax the Prana and Elements of the Body.

  • The next most important step to having control over ourselves is pranayama. It is observed that our breath is the key to our thoughts. If we are capable of controlling our breath, eventually we learn to create space and time before reacting and giving an appropriate response.
  • Dharana and Dhyana are maintaining the stable grounds. These mainly make sure that we are regularly practicing it, as man is made perfect only with consistent practice.
  • Samadhi or liberation, can be connected to contentment as we eventually reach a state over and above the external factors affecting us and come back to the optimal or be the best and healthiest version of ourselves! Thus, by overcoming and not giving in to the fluctuations of our monkey mind, we will achieve the physical and mental health we wish for.

That being said, yoga overall simply implies inculcating the small habits that give us sweet fruits. Yoga does not necessarily mean to take a mat and stick to a schedule; it means to flow and be!

Dr. Nehal Satra

Dr. Nehal Satra

Dr. Nehal Satra, BNYS, a Naturopathy and Yoga Physician, has an aim to create awareness about the importance of healthy living and use of natural healing methods to procure health. She treats with understanding and care using modalities like Acupuncture, Yoga, Naturopathy treatments , Counseling, etc. With an attitude of learning and spreading knowledge with one and all, she is working as a Medical Officer at Kaivalyadhama.

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