#WIPMondays: Stress Relief with Ayurveda, with Sweta Vikram

Updated: Feb 14

Do you follow someone on social media and just know that when you see one of their posts it will lighten your day? I feel that way about Sweta Vikram. Sweta is an international speaker, award-winning author, and mindset and Ayurveda coach. With humor and practicality, Sweta helps people on their journey to find balance. Work-life balance, mind-body balance. Balance. In our too-brief chat, Sweta gives me a little background on Ayurveda, which is an ancient wellness discipline grounded in balance, and the first step we can take when we need stress relief.

Sweta's #WIPMondays action step:

Part of the power of stress is that stress itself is stressful and can be the primary barrier to achieving calm. Sweta has a place to start:

Putting this advice to practice, I found that this idea—that focusing on the breathing takes the mind away from those stressful thoughts—actually helped me focus on the breathing. It makes the process more intentional.

What we're reading:

Sweta reads a lot of fiction, but her stack is full of non-fiction right now. She recommends two of her current reads: Loving What Is, by Byron Katie, and How Yoga Works, by Geshe Michael Roach. I'm carrying the fiction side of things this week, with the wonderful WWII historical novel of real-life American spy Virginia Hall, The Invisible Woman, by Erika Robuck.

Watch our chat below!

Sweta Vikram is an International Speaker, Best-selling Author, and Ayurveda-based Health & Mindset Coach in New York City who is committed to helping people thrive on their own terms. She has a background in eastern and western nutrition/wellness, and is an award-winning wellness changemaker who graduated from Columbia University and studied with Dr. Vasant Lad (the man credited for bringing Ayurveda to the US). Learn more about Sweta at https://swetavikram.com/ or on Instagram or Facebook.