The Four Quadrants for Stress Relief

1255507_547041028711916_1321945471_nThe Four Quadrants for Stress Relief in Ayurveda is an amazingly useful tool that can help change the quality of our life dramatically.

We can apply these ‘four quadrants’ to any situation we wish to improve. It can be a work situation, a relationship, our health, or even our life overall.

First we look at what we can AVOID: These are stressors that can be eliminated in part or in whole…

Watching TV, or surfing the web?
Watching or listening to things that upset us
Eating things that aren’t good for us, or eating too much
Procrastinating
Staying in situations or relationships that we know are not good for us

Then we look at what we can ALTER: These are stressors that can be adjusted in frequency, durations, volume, or location…

When to go grocery shopping so we can minimize crowded stores and time spent
Recording TV programs we truly want to watch so we can do it when time permits
When, and for how long we visit with family or friends
If a certain place/person is difficult to be in/around…find another place to meet, limit time spent

Third we look at what we can ADAPT to: These are stressors where we can oppose strategies to increase our resilience overall…

Doing a meditation practice when waking to start the day off on a good note
Practicing yoga, going for a walk, do some gardening or something that is soothing and where the body gets to move some
Drinking water throughout the day to stay hydrated and help keep our energy up
Spending quality time with a friend or family member on a regular basis

Last we look at what we need to simply ACCEPT: These are stressors which cannot be avoided, altered, or adapted significantly, and therefore are necessary experiences.

Our current state of health, or specific health condition
Our body changing as we age
Children growing up and having their own lives
Our life situation as a whole

If things are not improving after some time and attention, we may have to seriously consider what may need to be ‘left behind’, or changed more drastically; be it a relationship, a job, a belief that is no longer serving us …

Love & Light!

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About Dawa

I am a student of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Dharma. My intention with this blog is to write down all that I have learned along the way, in hopes that you will also find something to be helpful on your path, should you happen to find me. Love & Light!
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