Using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine’s Wisdom Can Help You Manage Your Winter Blues
I have found myself struggling with the short days and long nights of winter and noticing the difference in my energy levels and mood. As I so frequently do, I turned to Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture to see what it could offer me until nature is able to help me herself when spring comes along. You may find these tips useful in the next few weeks, particularly as we draw towards the shortest day on 21st December.
Top tips for beating the winter blues
These simple tips can make a massive difference to your energy levels and help to lift your mood.
- Rest – In ancient times we would have naturally done less at this time of year, but in these modern times we keep going at our usual fast pace during the winter months. It is especially important to rest in the evening as this is our Yin (restorative) time of day. To be Yang (active) during this time of day depletes our Yin energy and can leave us exhausted.
- Nourishment – Soups, Stews and Casseroles! These slow cooked dishes are easy for our digestive system to digest and asorb energy from. In Chinese Medicine, the Stomach and Spleen can become depleted when they have to digest too many cold and raw foods. This can lead to tiredness and lethergy. Include plenty of root vegetables in your soups and stews as the energy released by them as we digest them reflects the energy that we need at this time of year.
- Get Outside – If you are leaving the house when it is dark and arriving home again in the dark, then try and get outside at lunchtime. Even walk around the block on your lunch hour can be beneficial to help your Qi (pronounced Chee) to circulate and maintain your energy levels. Take a few minutes to look at the sky (never directly at the sun), getting a sense of space is important for your eyes to refocus after spending so much of our time inside.
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