The Pitta Stress Plan

Find out how to manage your stress if you are a Pitta type.

The Pitta type is known as intense stressors, which are made of fire and water so they tend to be intense and fiery personalities. When they are feeling balanced, they are detail-oriented, focused, eloquent, and quick-witted. Oftentimes, lawyers, orators, and entrepreneurs tend to be Pittas. Since they have fiery traits, they can become hotheaded and hot tempered when under stress, which then turns them into self-critical and judgmental people. Thanks to their perfectionist streak, they will often regret the things they did or didn’t do and fall into a negative thought loop because of that. Find out your Ayurvedic stress type here. Here’s how Pittas can combat stress:

Quit Extreme Exercise

Pittas’ preferred form of exercise tends to be sprinting or running, but that can actually fuel their aggressive nature instead of providing relief. Try restorative yoga instead to filter out stress and restore your sense of calm.

Related: Everyday Yoga

Avoid Fiery Foods

Since Pittas are acid reflux–prone, some holistic solutions for this discomfort is to avoid spicy or fermented foods, which means cutting out hot sauce and tomato sauce. As you start to feel better, you can slowly start to introduce these foods back into your diet, but you want to make sure you’re also eating alkaline-promoting foods to create balance in your body.

Related: 25 Alkaline-Promoting Foods

Try Turmeric Capsules

Skin conditions such as itchy, red rashes; acne; psoriasis; or eczema are all too common for Pittas, but luckily turmeric can help. This ancient Indian spice can be used to cure acne, reduce inflammation, heal acne scars, and reduce oil secretion. You can try taking turmeric capsules or cook with this magic ingredient to help heal your skin flare-ups.

Related: 7 Health Benefits of Turmeric

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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