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Overwhelmed by responsibilities Ayurvedic Perspectives

Overwhelmed by responsibilities


Written by John Immel, Asheville, NC
Modern life is full of responsibilities. Many people are trying to make a living, maintain a home, a relationship, and raise children all at the same time. And sometimes, it all feels like too much. Feeling overwhelmed is related to vata dosha, the constitution that doesn't have quite enough energy to get it all done. The paradox is that vata is multi-faceted and creative, which attracts them to many different projects, ideas, and as well as family. All constitutions can feel overwhelmed. In Ayurveda, that is translated as high vata. Just not quite enough energy to get everything done, coupled with an emotional response to a heavy burden. Feeling overwhelmed for long periods of time can trigger anxiety, panic attacks, or melt-downs. They are simply a sing that it's time to slow down.

Kapha constitutions will feel mentally overwhelmed when their body is overburdened with heavy foods. Poor circulation, and slow metabolism contribute to this sense of overwhelm, especially within 48 hrs of eating Kapha provoking foods.

Aggravated Doshas & Qualities

Symptoms Tell A Story

The first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances, showing you where your body is weak. Specifically, they reveal the doshas & qualities that may have become aggravated. If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.

One or more of the following doshas and qualities may be aggravated.If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda would generally recommend avoiding foods and lifestyle habits with that quality.

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Key: V = Vata, P = Pitta, K = Kapha. A slash through a dosha means it an aggravated dosha. To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.

Correct Imbalance

Food and lifestyle habite with the following effects may reduce imbalances associated with 'Overwhelmed by responsibilities'.
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About Pharmacological Effects
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Stage of Disease: 2 - Affecting Blood

If you have symptoms in this category it means that imbalance is weakening your system but hasn't yet become systemic.

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Specialty Formulas by Joyful Belly

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Ayurvedic Herbs & Natural Products for Overwhelmed by responsibilities

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Diet for Overwhelmed by responsibilities

A diet rich in these foods & nutritional supplements may help re-balance the aggravated qualities and doshas in overwhelmed by responsibilities.
Almond MilkVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingApple (cooked)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
ChamomileVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingCoconut WaterVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
GheeVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingGinger (Fresh)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
HoneyVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingLavenderVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
NutmegVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingOat MilkVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Oats / OatmealVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingPumpkinVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Romaine LettuceVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingSaffronVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
StrawberriesVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingSweet PotatoVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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