In Ayurveda, in order to manage your stress you, firstly, have to identify the external and internal causes of stress. Once you have identified the causes, you have to accept them. Acceptance is a vital stage of the process as it brings peace.
Next, you have to watch what you eat. You have to consume more of Sattvic food. What are considered as Sattvic food? They are fresh juices, dry nuts, fibrous foods, green vegetables and fruits. These foods provide ample supply of anti-oxidants and bolster resistance.
Consume less of Rajasic food – they are oily, heavy and spicy food and avoid Tamasic food – meat, alcohol, drugs, canned products, processed food and frozen food. Be sure to avoid excess caffeine as well.
The next stage to combating your stress is to take a proper rest and to get a sound sleep.
Pamper yourself by massaging your soles with sesame seed oil and your head with coconut oil daily. Take the time to have a walk in the nature, listen to music and get positive company.
Practise progressive deep relaxation, alternative nostril breathing techniques, yogic postures, meditation and yoga nidra daily.
Ayurvedic treatments such as Shiroabhyanga, Shirodhara, Shirovasti, Nasya and Abhyanga will also help whereas Ayurvedic herbs such as Ashwaganda, Shankapushpi and Brahmi should only be taken after consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor.