Typically, when someone tells me to 'chill out,' I become more heated. This probably has something to do with the fact that I am predominantly a Pitta - the dosha whose key symptom is heat! The phrase 'chill out' is just so perfect for Pitta vitiation, though. When Pitta dosha is aggravated we tend to get fiery & hot - so chilling out and cooling off is just what we need to do to regain balance.
It isn't hot today, but it will be the rest of the week. This is the perfect time to start thinking about how to stay cool and hopefully prevent a Pitta imbalance from occurring. We want to be able to notice when Pitta is accumulating, so we can cool it off before it's too late.
Today's challenge is to be really mindful of when you feel an imbalance accumulating. We tend towards the same emotions and reactions and when we pay close attention are able to tell when those emotions and reactions start to surface. When I start to feel irritable, for example, I get this tight feeling in my stomach that feels like it is radiating up. Sometimes I get irritable from the food I eat, sometimes because I am getting interrupted a lot, and sometimes just because I'm not paying attention and it sneaks up on me. Before I get to full-blown irritable monster mode, though, I take a step back to notice how I'm feeling and then do something that is going to cool me off. I might go to a quiet place for a couple of minutes and just breath, I might take a nice slow walk outside (especially if it is cool out), or I might drink something refreshing - like room temperature mint tea.
Are you able to tell when a certain ailment or emotion is sneaking up on you? Do you have methods to nip it in the bud before it gets out of control? How do you 'chill out?' I'd love to hear about it! Try to think of something that fits into a Pitta imbalance, but if there is another one you aren't sure how to classify you can share that as well!