International Youth Day, 2020

Although India celebrates National Youth Day or Yuva Diwas on January 12. This date was chosen to honour the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, one of India’s greatest spiritual and social leaders. 

Swami himself personified the eternal energy of the youth and a restless quest for truth. 

Today, almost 50 per cent of India’s population is under the age of 25. The future of the country rides on their shoulders — making celebrations that empower young people so important. 

Mental health issues or stress among youth are more pervasive than one may think; affecting one in five young people, of which fewer than 25 per cent receive proper treatment.

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far”.  -Swami Vivekananda

Ayurvedic physicians’ highlight the availability of natural remedies to cure youth-related health ailments in Ayurveda. In Ayurveda, stress is called as ‘Vishada’. This is also described as “one of the most disease aggravating factors” leading to other numerous disorders. Herbs known as adaptogens are beneficial in alleviating stress. 

Here’s a list of 5 Ayurvedic preparations and its benefits for youth that can help them fight anxiety, stress & depression. 

1. Brahmi (Bacopamonnieri) help relax the mind and bring it to a comfortable state

2. Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) is a potent memory booster and brain tonic 

3. Jatamansi (Nardostachysjatamansi) has a soothing and sedative action on the central nervous system

4. Ashwagandha (Withaniasomnifera) is called the herb of youth & vitality

5. Guduchi (Tinosporacordifolia) improves the immune system and builds the body’s resistance

It is important to attend to these issues with proper care and management through Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, Bhastrikapranayam, Kapalbhanti, Anulom-Vilom etc. They help you in releasing stress and gives your mind a sense of inner peace.

Since stress reduces the body’s immunity, a nutritious diet is very beneficial in counteracting this depletion. Hence, one should avoid junk food as much as they can and increase the intake of green vegetables, fruits. Include whole grains and cereals in the regular diet as they promote the production of the brain neurotransmitter serotonin, which induces a greater sense of well-being,

Encourage young people to bring them changes into the world. The energy of youth is the basis of changing India in the 21st century. The target of New India can only be achieved by all of you.