We have seen the facts and millions of cases, why and how people live in a small village are much happier than the people live in big cities.
We also know, people in big cities have all the best resources, technology, and many things such as Food Delivery Service to Laundry Service, High-speed internet to the latest technologies, from expensive cars to fancy big houses.
After having all these services people in big cities are still have stress and mental disorder issues. According to the research of 2017, people from big cities have more than 21% of people have anxiety and more than 39% of people face mental disorder.
Life in small villages is much happier in big cities but Why, How, What makes this difference when big cities have all the benefits over small villages or cities, the only difference is daily routine or we can say the lifestyle of people from small villages.
How can daily life routine create such a big impact on health, let’s compare both the lifestyle but before we start to have a look at the below image and try to understand the concept of Agni in the human body? According to Ayurveda, all the disease occurs due to the disfunction of Agni.
Agni means “Fire” and refers to the digestive system of the body. It is responsible for all the transformation in the body such as, extracting nutrition from food and converting waste into Malas and building Dhatus.
Lifestyle in small villages or cities is much strict to the routine such as waking up early, going to bed early (in between 8-10 PM), eating habits, spending time by walking around and having a chat with other people (Which allows them to share their thoughts and feel free from any kind of stress), etc.
But when it comes to big cities, our daily routine is just completely messed up, we don’t have a fixed time for anything such as we go to bed very late maybe 12 AM or maybe 2 AM which also leads to waking up late in the morning.
In Ayurveda and in spirituality also waking up early is an important thing because nature went to through some changes in early hours and those changes are beneficial for human health.
In big cities we also do not have any fixed routine for our food, sometimes we order food at midnight or cook some instant ready to eat kind of food such as noodles. Which completely disturb the routine of our Agni and leads to weak Agni.
Most important our busy lifestyle in which we do not have 10 minutes for a neighbour, more than 60% of people do not know their neighbors except their name and saying hello.
I know everyone must be having the same question, we cannot our routine life people’s in villages and what kind of changes at a minimum level we can do to stay fit and healthy.
Here are some basic changes we can do according to Ayurveda and the constitution type of our body.
“Health is a state in which you digest your food well, eat well, sleep well, are ease and feel free from any kind of disease.”
Performing healthy practices at the same time every day and within a few days, your body will know when preparing it for such activities as when to wake up, go to bed, digest food.
The strength of each dosha and Agni varies throughout the day and affects the actions performed by the body. 6 AM to 10 AM and 6 PM to 10 PM is the time where Agni is less active that’s why Ayurveda suggests light breakfast and dinner.
The daily routine influences the strength of doshas and helps to maintain the balance to keep you fit and healthy but not having any routine and doing activities at the random time such as going to bed, waking up, and eating randomly always leads to an imbalance of doshas which causes many health issues, acidity is the most common one.
Work towards a Healthier Lifestyle –
Do not try to change every aspect of your routine at once, due to our unbalanced lifestyle our mind is built to resist sudden changes. Start with a small step like waking up and going bedtime or breakfast time.
Make a plan to note your progress and if you fail to complete a task go back to the previous task and start again.
Start of Your Day –
Start with 30 minutes, try to get up 30 minutes earlier than usual time. Add at least one or two hygiene activities to your routines such as drinking a glass of hot water, clean your nasal passage and tongue.
Food and Mealtimes –
Food and mealtimes are one of the most important aspects of an Ayurvedic lifestyle.
Breakfast – Try to eat a simple breakfast (especially if you do not have a habit) add raw food.
Lunch – Have a warm meal and take your time while eating.
Dinner – Avoid salad and raw food, replace salad and raw food with a warm cooked meal.
Yoga and Meditation –
Do not try to perform a complete yoga and meditation session. Start with 2-3 basic practices for 5 -10 minutes every day. Start by doing the following:
- Do meditation every day, start with 5 minutes, and increase time to minimum of 20 minutes.
- Do a complete yoga session at least once a week.
- Do 5 minutes of breathing meditation practice every day.
Physical Exercise –
It may be difficult to starting exercise on a full scale. Use the following steps to build a routine.
- Start slowly, with 10 minutes a day, and add 1 minute every day.
- If you miss a day, do not give up and just pick it up the next day do not allow laziness to take over.
End of the Day –
Sleep is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle to maintain the balance of doshas, sleep is often neglected in a modern lifestyle. Try to do the following things each night to get a more restful night’s sleep.
- Go to bed 30 minutes before than usual time.
- Avoid using your phone for at least 15 minutes before going to bed.
Closing Paragraph –
Following and building a healthy lifestyle is not an easy thing it takes commitment and patience.
According to Ayurveda maintaining good health is just maintaining the balance of your doshas is not a big deal it just needs some efforts in the right direction with a healthy routine.
Now that you have an understanding of a healthy routine, it needs focus and commitment to maintain a healthy lifestyle.