As many cities in the U.S. are beginning to re-open, and the days of sheltering in place will soon be coming to an end, you may be wondering what life after quarantine is going to look like, and what you can do to make sure that you are staying healthy, safe, and grounded.
The world as a whole is taking precautions, and the U.S. is urging states to be prepared whilst the white house gives guidelines around testing, health safety, and healthcare system capacity. (1)
It’s clear that we will be returning to a “new normal”, and for many of us, the thought of that is a bit unsettling.
What might you expect?Will personal concerns come up?How can you best take care of yourself to make sure you feel balanced?
Luckily, we have a 5,000+-year-old system that can give you powerful tips on how YOU can best reintegrate – according to your Dosha!
Read on to learn how Ayurveda can help you feel prepared mentally, physically, and spiritually as we collectively make our way back out into the world.
The Vata Dosha governs movement and degeneration (i.e. depletion/exhaustion) in the body and shows up in the colon, joints, and throughout the bones and orifices in the body.
The main qualities of the Vata Dosha include:
ElementsEther and Air
Mental Traits When in a State of:Peace and Clarity: Creative, enthusiastic, inspired, truthful, genuine.Agitation: Nervous, anxious, manic, worrisome, fearful, indecisive.Stagnancy: Depressed, prone to addiction, may experience suicidal thoughts, shiny object syndrome, mental imbalance.
Main Concerns You May Have about Re-integrating into society when you are Vata predominant:
Use the Power of Mantra:
Color Therapy:Use color therapy by wearing colors like red (root chakra power!), yellow (self-trust and personal boundaries), orange (connection with others), blue (calming), green (soothing), or white (purifying). Also, you can place these colors around your environment.
Eat Grounding and Nourishing Foods:A great ayurvedic breakfast for Vata types includes a warm bowl of oatmeal (with ghee and nut or seed butter) that is both nourishing and grounding.
You might also try having warm soup for lunch or heating up some hearty root vegetables like carrots, yams, or turnips for dinner.
Incorporating a yin yoga, restorative, or Iyengar yoga practice into your routine once or twice a week is a great way to find peace, balance, and clarity.
Self-care:Try doing self-massage (abhyanga) to help you feel grounded.
Abhyanga is a warm oil massage for the body, mind, and joints which can be done in the morning before you start your day. You will feel that it is a great way to relax the body and ground the mind and spirit when you do it at night.
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With “deranged” or imbalanced Vata, there is excess air in the mind which can cause you to feel as though your worries and fears are whirling around like an uncontrollable storm. While it doesn’t feel like it, this is a normal reaction for Vata. Remember to be gentle, loving, and kind towards yourself as you do what it takes to ground and soothe your energy. Believe that you are loved and that you create your own safety through speaking your truth and knowing your boundaries. This will help you approach reintegration from a more peaceful and practical place.
Pitta Dosha governs the metabolic energies of the body. It’s seated in the stomach, liver, spleen, and gall bladder.
The main qualities of the Pitta Dosha include:
ElementsFire and Water Mental Traits When in a State of:Peace and Clarity: Physical and mental strength, natural leadership mentality, clear and perceptive thinker, spiritual, passionate, great teacher, highly intelligent, warmth.Agitation: Prone to anger, judgmental, controlling, jealous, a tendency to be contradicting, and “right.”Stagnancy: Prone to violence, hateful thoughts, vindictive, hurtful, will often address others with a sharp tongue. Main Concerns You May Have About Re-integrating Back into Society when you are Pitta predominant:
Color Therapy:Cooling colors like white (purifying), blue (cooling), or green (soothing) are great to incorporate into your wardrobe, jewelry, or surroundings on those days when you feel a bit hot-tempered.
Keeping Yourself Nourished and Well-Fed:For the Pitta Dosha, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
In fact, it’s important not to skip any meals because the term “hangry” is very real thing for a Pitta dominant person!
To make sure you are able to keep yourself balanced throughout the day, pack snacks, and make sure you pause to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Set a reminder in your phone if you need to!
Cooling foods like cucumbers, avocados, sprouts, baked red potatoes, fresh mangos, red organic grapes, and pears are great choices for you.
Exercise:The #1 way for Pitta types to blow off steam is to get the body moving. Try a burst of vinyasa flow yoga for 20 minutes or go for a run or bike ride to get your blood pumping and bring you to a place of balance.
Self-care Tips:Give yourself space and time to cool down and unplug from social media and screens. Do this by taking time and space for yourself to go out in nature, breathe in the fresh air and spend time in silence.
While Pitta is typically able to rise above fear, the aggravation of the news and the chatter on social media may cause you to feel annoyed, angry, or even antisocial.
You may also find yourself wanting to express your opinions in a way that comes off as a bit aggressive towards others. While it’s okay to feel passionate, make sure that you are also being mindful of the humans that exist on the other end of the screen.
Tap into your unique ability to show compassion and try to see things from a different perspective by turning your fire into your passion! Consider spearheading initiatives in your workplace or community to make sure people are staying safe and getting their needs met.
The Kapha Dosha governs the lungs and heart which gives the most love and affection but can also be very attached and prone to depression.
The main qualities of the Kapha Dosha include:
ElementsEarth and Water
Mental Traits When in a State of:Peace and Clarity: Nurturing, calm, peaceful, compassionate, loving, jolly, generous, forgiving, great caregivers.Agitation: Attached or obsessive, possessive, stubborn, prone to holding a grudge.Stagnancy: Glutenous, lethargic, low self-esteem, lack of motivation.
Main Concerns You May Have about Re-integrating into Society when you are Kapha predominant:
Color Therapy:You may find yourself in need of a pick me up. Try incorporating bright, stimulating colors like yellows, oranges, gold, and red into your clothing and environment.
Balancing Diet for Kapha Dosha:Favor light food choices over dense ones.
Incorporate bitter and pungent foods like lettuce, peppers, and dark leafy greens.
Adding foods and drinks that are astringent in taste is also a good idea. Try adding a hot cup of green tea to your breakfast or sip on ginger-hibiscus tea throughout the day.
If you find that after quarantine, you are feeling a bit more heavy and lethargic than usual, consider intermittent fasting once or twice a week or more.
Lighten up your mood by putting on your favorite playlist when you get home and sing like nobody’s listening!
Also, add some vigorous exercise into your weekly routine to get your blood flowing. This is a great way to move and release stagnant energy.
Your truest nature is to be caring, kind, loving, and stable. Oftentimes, people look to you to be the pillar of truth and practicality.
You are able to bring people a sense of calm in times of chaos. Use your love as your superpower during these times of uncertainty and share your energy with those in need.
Consider doing acts of service like helping your neighbor start a garden or picking up groceries for the elderly. This will lighten your spirit as well as someone’s day.
Getting to the root of how you feel can make a huge difference in how you handle your day to day life.
My hope is that this article has helped you to feel more at ease around returning to life after quarantine.
Feel free to share what’s been coming up for you below. I want this space to be your community of love, safety, and support.
If you aren’t quite clear on what your Ayurvedic blueprint is, but you want to make sure you’re ready to get back out into the world with a solid plan for self-care, take my Free Dosha Quiz today!