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