In today’s world, people are so busy concentrating on their work that they have hardly any time left to do anything else. Hectic work schedule leads to mismanaged lifestyle. A load of modern daily living, busy hectic lifestyles and, the pressures of juggling a demanding job and work, family and, social life are unavoidable. Modern lifestyle is a wake-up call for major health-related issues. According to WHO, 60% of related factors to individual health and quality of life are correlated to lifestyle.
Following a healthy lifestyle, regardless of age, will have many health benefits, being proven that it reduces the risk of diseases, decreases the incidence of obesity and diabetes, the risk of malignancy, psychiatric disorders, and cognitive dysfunction.
Most people in the world are emphasizing the prevention of diseases or complete health. And in this regard, the concepts and principles of Ayurveda must be put forward and presented before the entire world.
Primary – Maintenance of health of healthy
Secondary – Cure of diseases
Ayurveda’s describes a lifestyle as
Proper behavioral regimen (Charya: Daily Regimen – Dincharya, Seasonal regimen – Ritucharya), and
Code of conduct for an individual and a society
Ayurveda helps individuals to take control of their health and increase self-reliance and re-establishes their connection to the nature. Ayurveda is not limited to medicine or therapy; instead, it implies a holistic approach to life and living in harmony with nature.
If the history of ancient India is explored, we happen to find that Indians had developed a technique of leading a healthy physical, mental, social, and spiritual life while other civilizations were not even in existence.
From a layman’s view, if he or she is not suffering from a disease, he/she is called healthy. Health is not merely being free from diseases. Ayurveda describes health as a state of being physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually fit or in a balanced state. A person is called swastha or healthy when his dosha, dhatu, agni, and mala are in normalcy or balanced state and he is in a state of mental, sensorial, spiritual calmness, and happiness. This definition covers all the aspects of ayu discussed earlier. The dosha is the physiological entity responsible for carrying out bodily functions. These are named as vata, pitta and kapha.
The dhatus are the physical or materialistic constituents of the body. The Mala is the waste product. The Agni is the digestive capacity of the body. The Atma and mana are the psyche factors. So, both physical and mental factors have been considered important for being completely healthy.
Ayurveda with the help of its medicines and practices helps individuals to take control of their health and being physically and mentally fit or in a balanced state.
In today’s fast-paced high-pressure modern world, stress and burnout are becoming an epidemic in alarming proportions. Ayurveda is a logical answer for such social catastrophe as the three main goals of the Ayurveda are to preserve the health of a healthy person, to prevent disease, and to promote longevity through the improvised quality of life in mind, body, and spirit.