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Winter Is Coming

Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.

— John Boswell

No…I’m not channeling “Game of Thrones”. But winter is right around the corner and so I thought I would focus this week on some Traditional Medicine tips for keeping ourselves healthy during the cool days and cold nights.

We all know about Yin and Yang but did you know that during winter, Yin energy is dominant? Because of this fact, winter is a time to reflect, slow down and make your plans for springtime. We should all strive to listen to nature’s cycle and live our lives accordingly. By syncing with the natural rhythm, our minds and bodies will be healthier and happier.

Tip No. 1 – Think About You. I love this one! As a mum, wife and practitioner, I’m always focused on other people. But winter is a time to think about you. To reflect on what has been and to plan for the year ahead. Do some yoga, meditation or write in a journal. Just think about you…for a few minutes each day. Breathe. Relax. And dream.

Tip No. 2 – Eat Well! This is pretty fantastic as well because I love my slow cooker and winter loves slow food. A match made in heaven. Use lots of beans, whole grains and don’t forget the warming spices like cinnamon, ginger and cumin. It’s also a good time to enjoy warming drinks like tea, hot chocolate and chai. This helps warm your body from the inside out. Yum.

Tip No. 3 – Stay Warm. Put on that cosy hat. Wear your fleecy gloves. Wrap up in that hand-knitted scarf. Staying warm in winter is so important to your overall health. Turn on your electric blanket and soak your feet in warm water before bed. Add a few drops of lavender oil and you’ll calm and soothe yourself into a fantastic night’s rest.

Tip No. 4 – Take Some Time. We are all guilty of running on empty. We are busy and stressed. Winter is the perfect time to try to set aside some time to go slowly. Instead of doing high-intensity cardio, try Tai Chi. Go for a stroll instead of a run. Think about going to bed a little earlier and maximising your rest and recuperation for the next day. By slowing down you give your body a chance to heal. Nature knows this…think of all the animals, trees and flowers that hibernate during winter.

Tip No. 5 – Treat Yourself. Remember, self-care is important and acupuncture can help with a number of issues. We at House of Qi are here for you year round.

So…winter is coming. Be ready. Be warm. Be happy.

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