I was recently walking through a hot, sweaty, crowded Tsim Sha Tsui trying to find a place to have a tea or coffee, maybe a cheeky slice of cake and the sweetness of cool aircon. After an hour of walking around in the heat and not finding anywhere, I could feel myself getting more and more agitated and irritable. Over what was a ridiculous thing to get annoyed about, I was tense, grumpy and snappy.
In the heat of the summer, we see temperatures rising not only outside, but inside our minds and bodies too.
The summer season, according to the science of Ayurveda is represented by the Pitta dosha, which of the five elements, is all about fire, water, heat and ‘transformation’ (especially the digestive system).
Find yourself getting agitated, grumpy and snappy?
In the heat, you may notice that your irritability rises quicker, your temper is shorter and you're just that little bit more competitive. You might even notice you’re having more arguments or conflicts. Physically you might find yourself getting more heartburn or skin outbreaks (rashes, allergic reactions).
Ayurveda science gives us ways in which we can live more in flow with the laws of nature – helping us feel more balanced, manage our energy and bring us into more of our unique natural flow.
According to Ayurveda we each have a unique mind-body type (dosha). As well as living, eating and moving according to our own unique mind-body type, we are also affected by the seasons. Whether your dominant dosha is Vata, Pitta or Kapha (or a combination), it helps to make seasonal adjustments to our routine and habits so we can feel good, live well and be at our best at home and at work.
Pitta is our inner fire.
When Pitta is in balance we're motivated, decisive, assertive, passionate and driven to achieve what we desire. When out of balance we find ourselves getting more agitated, overly competitive, angry, jealous, greedy, we over-work and get short tempered.
If your dominant dosha is already Pitta, it’s especially important to make some adjustments to counter the heat of the summer season. This time of year can feel really busy (the inner and outer fire in action!). Just making a few small adjustments to your habits can help you perform and feel better.
Here's 10 ways you can keep your mind and body cool, calm and in balance this summer, whatever your mind-body type:
If you're interested in learning more about your own mind-body type and how it impacts your energy, your well-being, work and personal life, get in touch.
Stay cool. With love,
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