Move your Qi – Quite literally move in any way you can. Movement, particular aerobic which is Yang as opposed to Yin is a powerful method for moving your Liver Qi, which when the flow is impeded in the liver channel this can cause various ails such as headaches more so around the temples, acid reflux, feelings of resentment or anger.
Nourish your Qi – During the Autumn/Winter months, eat warm wholesome foods, load up on winter season veggies, beans, pulses, rice and supplement all of this with nuts, seeds, berries and fruits (in season). Miso and bone/veggie broths are ideal as this can help to protect your Spleen and Stomach Qi and promote ease of digestion.
Replenish Qi – This is important – Sleep! A lack of sleep diminishes our Yin reserves and depletes overall Qi, but specifically our Kidney Qi which can result in back/bone issues and promote fear (the emotion of the kidneys). There is no magic formula for good sleep; it’s about discipline and consistency. I recommend to my patients to have a warming foot bath prior to sleep as this can help slow down a racing mind and has a calming effect on the nervous system.
Release Qi – Expression of emotions is vital in maintaining the smooth flow of Qi. When feelings remain unexpressed, they stagnate and knot the Qi. Try ‘sighing breathing’ at least three times per day. I would also recommend doing this before bed. To do the sighing breathing; inhale through your nose, right into your belly. On the exhale you audibly sigh (just like when you had a stressful day and sit down at let a sigh out). Repeat the pattern until you start to yawn – this can take some practice!
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