It is the season of Vata(air and either), things are getting colder, windier and drier. A person with excess Vata might feel anxious, fearful, stressed, flighty, gassy, not hungry, overwhelmed. Here are some tips that everyone can use to stay balanced durring this Vata time of year.
Go to Bed Earlier– With the sun going down earlier, it is letting you know that it is time to go to bed earlier as well. When you sleep you are repairing your body and helping to calm Vata. You don’t need to go to bed at sunset, which is traditionally recommended, but think about being more chill at night and going to bed earlier. If you feel tired you don’t have to stay up just because it’s been your routine to go to bed at 10p.m. you can change like the seasons. (Think about eating dinner earlier as well, your digestive fire starts to go out when the sun goes down.)
Stay Hydrated– don’t be fooled by the cooler weather, you should still be getting around 64oz. of water/non caffeinated beverage a day if you aren’t very active and more if you are. Think warm tea, or diluted juice and don’t forget that fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water as well.
More time with Family and Friends– back in the day if people were up at night they would sit around the campfire, share stories and enjoy thecompany of their families. Now of days we are drawn to the t.v. It almost seems instinctual really, t.v. gives off light and warmth, but unlike fire which can soothe the eyes when watched, traditionally known as Tratak or candle gazing, t.v. also has the side affect of being Vata disturbing which can cause trouble when trying to fall asleep. You may also be drawn to t.v. because it has familiar faces, like your friends that you can rely on. Try hanging out with family and friends instead. Autumn is naturally known for being a time of sharing, abundance and gatherings of family and friends, before the winter when people don’t get out as much.
What do you do to keep your Vata in balance? Let me know in the comments below.