Ayurveda teaches us to create and maintain health by bringing attention to our lifestyle, and three areas in particular: our food choices, sleep, and how we expend our energy. By choosing foods that are good for us, we are demonstrating responsibility for our well-being. A routine of regular sleep rests the mind and renews the body. Brahmacharya is the Sanskrit word for conserving and constructively using our energy. The goal is to direct our energy toward life-enhancing purposes, including spiritual growth. Our energy is diminished by excesses of any kind: worry, anxiety, effort, restlessness, overwork, over socializing, etc. And our energy is enhanced by calmness, faith, peace of mind, nourishing foods and sufficient rest.