Monday, November 1, 2010

Getting Out Of The Slump

Everybody gets into slumps.  A slump is usually a word used to describe an athlete's performance going down.  Yet, salespeople, CEO's teachers, parents or anyone can experience a feeling of failure or not quite meeting personal goals.  There are professional sports psychologists that counsel athletes to boost their athletic game.  These sports psychologists have been called upon by non athletes for counseling.

Generally, athletes are instructed to visualize themselves performing well.  An optimistic attitude is cultivated and skills for relaxation and focusing on the moment are important too.  One should not relive past mistakes and failures.  Overthinking, overtraining and overworking tend to perpetuate the slump.  It is important to remember that slumps are normal and a part of our growth.

In Ayurveda there are three basic personality and body types.  People are sometimes one type, but generally people are a mixture of two types.  One of the basic types is pitta.  Pitta can be described as the driven perfectionist who feels like a failure when expectations are not met.  To help balance pitta and help get pitta out of its slump, Ayurveda recommends meditation, time spent in nature and time spent enjoying loved ones.  Aromatherapy with scents of sandalwood, lavender and rose relax the subconscious mind.  Laying off spicy, pickled and salty foods helps too.  Basically, pitta needs to see there is a bigger picture outside of one's self.  Yes, your part is important, but it is only a part of the universe.  As we move from pitta season to vata season, notice how your pitta side is transitioning.  Take the time to observe and balance yourself.

Stay healthy & well,

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