Spring brings with it warmer weather and renewed physical and mental energy. For many people, however, the transition from winter to spring isn‘t always easy. The cold winter months are a natural time for rest and introspection so it can be a challenge to get moving again.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) tells us that settling into spring can be even more difficult if there is an imbalance in the Liver, which is responsible for the flow of Qi (Life Energy) throughout the body. An imbalance or lack of Qi can cause a whole range of emotional and physical symptoms such as anger, depression, mood swings, abdominal pain, menstrual problems, and even allergies. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, then you are aware that they can be barriers to moving forward and living in harmony with the seasons.
The good news is that you can take charge of your health and kick-start your spring. First, talk to me about how to address any underlying imbalances that might be affecting your energy levels. I’ll have some suggestions for you, and may even talk about dietary changes, supplements, herbs or exercises that can help. Next, decide how to tackle any stressors at work or home that might be keeping you from feeling your best. Consider acupuncture, acupressure, meditation, yoga, massage, or talk therapy to help you handle stress and keep from becoming overwhelmed. Lastly, plan to get moving.
Exercise is an important way to boost your energy and keep your Qi flowing. Keep these tips in mind:
- Take it slow, especially if you haven’t exercised over the winter.
- Use common sense to avoid overdoing it and injuring yourself.
- Set small goals for yourself such as walking for 15 minutes each day.
- Set new goals as your fitness level improves.
- Warm up before exercising and always remember to stretch.
- Do something you enjoy, so your workout doesn’t feel like work.
With a little planning and some assistance from TCM you can shake off those winter blahs and enjoy all the wonderful benefits of spring.
References: Ready, Set, Grow, Connors, C., Body & Brain magazine. Spring 2005. The Liver and Liver Qi Stagnation, Acufinder Magazine. http://www.acufinder.com