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Overcome Stress And Worry With These Mental Health Tips From The Bhagavad Gita

Suffering from stress? These Bhagavad Gita mental health teachings will help you in your well being.
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Published -26 Jan 2022, 14:00 ISTUpdated -25 Jan 2022, 17:54 IST
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The Bhagavad Gita is widely considered as a book of philosophy as well as a spiritual treatise. However, not many are aware that it can also work as an excellent guide in leading a meaningful life by developing a healthy mind. So, if you're in a stressful situation and worried about things over which you have no control, these Bhagavad Gita ideas will assist you in getting through it. Here are four mental health tips from the ancient Hindu text of Bhagavad Gita which will guide you in living well.

1. Do Things Without Expectation

Bhagavad-Gita 2.47: "You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction".

The Gita tells us that: “Renounce the fruits of labour.” It goes on to say that you should perform your work for the sake of doing it, not because you want to achieve a desired result.  That is to be even-tempered in success and failure. Surrender to your dharma.

Krishna says, it doesn't matter whether or not a person can gain from the laws of nature. We have no control over it. We can hope for as well as expect a good result, but in case we don’t achieve it, that doesn’t mean we will stop performing our duties. That is the meaning of renouncing the fruit of action. Whatever the outcome, we shall continue to perform our duty.

2. Be True To Yourself

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Bhagavad-Gita 3.35: "It is far better to discharge one’s prescribed duties, even though faultily, than another’s duties perfectly. Destruction in the course of performing one’s own duty is better than engaging in another’s duties, for to follow another’s path is dangerous".

The Gita teaches us that we have a responsibility to follow our own paths. To keep your mind healthy, you must identify your temperament and act in accordance with it.

It's more enjoyable to be ourselves instead of pretending to be someone else. We feel mental stability when doing the duties born of our nature and can do so with more ease. From afar, the duties of others may appear appealing, and we may consider switching, but this is a risky move.  Because they may produce discord in our senses, mind, and intellect if they clash with our nature. This will harm our consciousness and prevent us from progressing on the spiritual path. Shree Krishna stresses this idea dramatically by stating that it is preferable to die faithfully performing one's duty than to be made to perform another's duty.

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3. Regular Meditation

Bhagavat-Gita 6.20: "The practice of meditation frees one from all affliction. This is the path of yoga. Follow it with determination and sustained enthusiasm. Renouncing wholeheartedly all selfish desires and expectations, use your will to control the senses. Little by little, through patience and repeated effort, the mind will become still in the Self."

Meditation helps you find peace and harmony. The Gita advises us to dedicate some time to breathing. to regain control of your attention, close your eyes and focus solely on your breathing. Your mind and heart should be in sync.

Negative thoughts can be intrusive. They don't ask for your permission to wreak havoc on your mind. And thoughts are equal to feeling. To live a life of balanced mental health, you must first settle the phantom story within you. That is something that meditation can help you with.

When you first start meditating, it may feel strange, but start with 10 minutes and observe how you feel afterward. You're likely to come back for more.

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4. Learn To Live Life In Moderation

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Bhagavad Gita: 6.16, 6.17: "For him who is moderate in food and diversion, whose actions are disciplined, who is moderate in sleep and the waking, Yoga destroys all sorrow."

The Gita says, "Don’t do too much or too little of what is important in daily life." Eat enough food. Get enough sleep. Say enough. With exercise, exert enough. With meditation, practice enough. And while working, perform enough work.

The same concept applies to things that aren't part of your normal routine. Saying no to things is just as important as saying yes when it comes to amusement, leisure, and socializing. It is essential that we interact with others, but do not make it a necessity. You should be selective about who you devote your time to. Too much sleep will make you dull and Tamasic. Too much copulation will drain your energy and cause weakness, low vitality and diseases. Excessive talking may disrupt your peace of mind as well as cause exhaustion.

Moderation is an important attribute that a spiritual seeker must develop. Moderation is defined as the absence of excess in any situation. Mindfulness and calm is what moderation is all about . Yoga, as well as material pursuits, cannot be successful without moderation. All of the world's previous geniuses had practiced moderation.

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