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Synchronising your daily routine with nature for Optimal Well-being: Part 4

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

Welcome to part 4 of our blog series on Ayurvedic lifestyle and daily routines. In the previous three blogs, we explored the significance of aligning our activities with the three doshas—Vata, Kapha and Pitta —during specific time periods of the day. We learned about morning routines, exercise, work, lunch, and rest in accordance with the natural rhythms of our body.

In this installment, we will delve into the second half of the day, from 2 pm onwards, which encompasses the second cycle of Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. We will uncover valuable insights and practical tips to optimize our well-being during this time frame. By harmonizing our activities with the doshas during these hours, we can further enhance our health, vitality, and overall balance. Let's dive in and explore the unique characteristics and guidelines for each dosha during this time period. After a quick nap Engaging in lighter work is recommended after a period of rest, which falls within the Vata time frame from 2 pm to 6 pm, approximately until sunset. During this period, the atmosphere becomes lighter, mirroring the gentle flow of the wind. It is advisable to focus on tasks that do not require excessive physical exertion. Keep in mind that our day commenced early in the morning around 5 am, and we have been active for 10 to 12 hours. As the sun sets, we transition into the cycle of rest, which typically begins around 6 pm and extends till 10 pm, known as the second Kapha period. As the atmosphere becomes peaceful and stable once again, during this time, it is important to slow down, complete the least strenuous tasks for the day, freshen up with a quick wash, and prepare for a lighter dinner. In the Indian tradition, foods such as millet bread or rice are preferred during this early dinner in the Kapha period. Following dinner until bedtime, it is recommended to spend quality time with loved ones and engage in activities that nurture spirituality, calming the restless mind. Allowing oneself to find peace and joy in life is essential during this phase.

This is an ideal time for sleep, as the heavy and stable qualities of Kapha aid in the process of falling asleep. If we stay awake and transition into the Pitta period, the mind tends to become more active, making it more challenging to achieve restful sleep. Therefore, it is beneficial to aim for bedtime before 10 pm, not only for our overall well-being but also to facilitate waking up early in the morning, rejuvenated and ready for the day ahead. After 10 pm, one may experience heightened fire and activity if they are awake. The sense of calmness and peace dissipates as the Pitta period, spanning from 10 pm to 2 am, takes hold. Subsequently, the Vata period begins from 2 am to 6 am, just before sunrise, as the wind begins to flow once again. Conclusion In today's fast-paced world, many aspects of our lives have shifted away from natural rhythms. We find ourselves staying up late, eating late, waking up late, and working into the late hours. The traditional rules and routines seem challenging to follow amidst this modern lifestyle. However, it is crucial for us to strive to align with these principles and experience the transformation they can bring. While there are certain factors beyond our control, we can still make conscious choices to improve our daily routines. We can avoid unnecessary breakfast, prioritize a wholesome lunch followed by a brief rest, engage in exercise in the morning, refrain from bathing or exercising immediately after meals, opt for herbal tooth powders, incorporate oil massages weekly or biweekly, avoid post-meal walks, steer clear of heavy meals at night, and avoid late dinners and nights. As we gradually adopt these changes, we will reap more and more benefits, leading to a holistic way of living. I understand that not all of these recommendations may be feasible for everyone at present, but we should strive to incorporate them to the best of our abilities and witness the positive impact they can have. By aligning ourselves with the laws of nature, we undoubtedly stand to benefit. However, it is crucial to approach these guidelines with logical and intellectual reasoning. For instance, if one's work schedule prevents them from sleeping early, it would be unwise to force an early wake-up time. Such an imbalance in sleep can have negative consequences. Similarly, if one missed a proper meal during the day and experiences intense hunger in the evening, it would be extreme to consume only light foods. Neglecting to satisfy hunger in the evening can lead to weakness. Hence, it is essential to apply these principles with mindful awareness. Given the significant lifestyle changes in society as a whole, it may not be possible to adhere perfectly to all Ayurvedic principles. However, it is important to be aware of what is beneficial and what is detrimental to our well-being. Armed with this knowledge, we can make informed choices when opportunities arise. For example, if one understands that working at night is detrimental to health, they can opt for a daytime schedule if feasible. Before moving on to the next topic, take a moment to reflect on your own daily routine. Consider how it relates to your health issues and the information provided. Try to draw conclusions and make necessary adjustments to your routine. It is through self-reflection and conscious choices that we can embark on a path of improved well-being.

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