Stress Levels & Dosha
Vata dosha creates the stress by having too many thing going at one time. Too many things to keep track of. The outset, vata dosha likes the variety having so many things going on. Over time though that will deplete the system.
Vata dosha when under stress has overwhelming response of fear, worry and anxiety. It eventually looks for an escape, they don’t deal with their stresses but rather choose to cut and run.
Pitta dosha creates stress from a different perspective. Pitta dosha creates stress by keeping its focus on one goal. Mostly it results in lack of self-care and trading of self-care for goal.
When pitta person experiences the stress that can be driven by deadline or anything being out of their control, their digestive system goes off as well. Pitta’s challenge is that they have too little nutrition coming in but because of their drive there is lot of demand on the body. This may result in generation of too much heat, resulting in liver dysfunction. They also end up burning up excess hormones.
In the short term, even the pitta will gain weight. This weight gain is driven by stress, and not driven by lack of proper diet and exercise. So even if you change their diet and exercise, but don’t reduce stress, there will be no change in your weight. All this causes problems in the endocrine system and we are right back to the expression of premenstrual syndrome and other symptoms in the body.
The overall effect of stress is disturbance in the mind. The mind becomes disturb by this hormonal irregularity, the lack of nourishment and you may see symptoms of vata pitta or kapha in the workings of the mind and emotions.
Pitta dosha under stress experiences more anger, they become more critical, they blame other for creation of their anger, they are more likely to form a plan and directly confront their anger. It doesn’t remove the heat and intensity but make them feels like they are in better control.
Kapha dosha doesn’t tend to be as disturbed by stress as vata or pitta, because they bring out largest ability to the table. When kapha dosha is under stress, they layoff of going on work.
And, if some mortgage is due, something that’s going to fuel a kapha to imbalance is a threat to their security. They may respond by actually hungering down and doing less, they disengage. Kapha simply pulls back and may go to sleep. They may wait, or withdraw from the stress until they feel that they can comeback with a fresh mind and look it as new.
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