Happy tranquil winter!
The energy of winter is quiet, slow and restful. The foods of winter are warming, hearty and comforting. With shorter days our activities are shorter lived with more time to cozy-up inside. For many of us, our lifestyles do not allow us to rest as much as we may like, need or want. But we can try to tap into the natural rhythm of the season and give ourselves what we need.
What we need during the winter months may be more sleep, more time to relax and recharge, time for quiet contemplation, indoor projects, cooking, nesting, exercise that gently moves energy and quality time with friends and family.
But how can we know what we need? What are some signs that we are not in harmony with the winter season? How does our body let us know and how does our unconscious mind make itself heard? We can start by simply asking ourselves some questions. “How do I feel? Do I have physical pain or tightness anywhere in my body? How are my sleep, appetite and digestion? Do I feel anxious, depressed and/or irritable? Am I run down and exhausted? And if so, what can I do about it?”
Here are some ideas.
Book an Acupuncture session and:
Address your pain head-on. Is that shoulder, knee, hamstring or low back still bothering you? Lets clear it up today and enjoy the freedom and energy of a pain free body.
Profoundly improve your sleep and digestion, resolve headaches, strengthen the immune system, balance your emotions and relax the nervous system. Feel balanced, more resilient and rested during these cold months.
Introduce Healing Herbs:
We can include healing and delicious herbs into our daily lives. They do not have to be expensive, smelly and mysterious substances only found somewhere in Chinatown. We can cook with them, drink them as tea (with honey!), bathe in them and add them to shakes and soups. When indicated, I love to recommend herbs that might work best for you. Lets talk herbs!
Eat Local & Seasonal Foods:
Chinese medicine says that for those of us living in a colder climate, winter is the time to eat warming foods to keep our digestion running smoothly and our bodies fueled. What are warm and healthy foods for winter? Soups, stews, cooked organic vegetables, root vegetables, pickled foods and free range/antibiotic free meats (if you eat meat – it is very warming!). Add ginger, scallions, rosemary, burdock root and other warming flavors that you love to your recipes.
And just in case you were contemplating it – skip the juice fast!! Brrrrrr!
There is much wisdom and deep serenity in the quietness of winter. Before we know it, the bold, aggressive and joyful energy of spring will be here. Let’s rest now. Let’s resolve pain and conserve our energy. This is what it means to be in harmony with winter. We will then be prepared and energized to flow easily through the powerful shift into the spring.
Whether you need a simple winter “tune up” or want to address deeper issues, it is my joy to help you cultivate your wellness and healing. I look forward to seeing you for an Acupuncture + Hot Stone Meridian Therapy session soon!
To make your appointment today, please visit www.AcupunctureAndHotstones.
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