When we are stressed, anxious, or going through an emotionally trying time, self care is crucial.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, emotional health is not separated from physical health. In fact, each organ system in the body has a connected emotion:
Heart = Joy
Spleen = Pensiveness/Over-thinking
Liver = Anger/Frustration
Lung = Sadness
Kidney = Fear
It is easy to understand how mental/emotional/spiritual health has a direct effect on physiological health – and vice versa. Consequently, TCM health cultivation promotes balance and harmony of the whole self: body, mind and spirit.
Recipe For Calm
1) A DASH OF MODERATION IN ALL THINGS.
There is a “JUST RIGHT” amount of everything – not too much; not too little. Too much, or too little causes disharmony and disease. We can relate to this concept with food, exercise, sleep… it also applies to the intensity and quality of thoughts, feelings and emotions. Implement daily practises which develop emotional awareness and regulation: Taiji, Meditation, Yoga, Journalling, Nature Walks. Allow yourself time to fully experience your emotions, and then LET THEM GO.
2) A PINCH OF DAILY SELF-CARE.
When we are “sick and tired”, we don’t cope very well, and often feel overwhelmed. Keeping yourself strong, healthy and well rested allows you the resources to capably cope with anything that comes your way.
- with healthy food and drinks
- daily exercise
- rest and relaxation
- proper sleep
- spend time in nature
- regular Acupuncture / Chinese Medicine treatments are a great way to promote relaxation, stress relief, health and vitality.
3) A CUP OF STRESS REDUCTION TECHNIQUES.
There are a variety of herbs and teas which help regulate and calm emotions. Peppermint and Chrysanthemum soothe the Liver to reduce the effects of stress. Lotus Seeds, Longan Fruit and Lily Bulb calm the spirit and nourish the Heart. Red Dates and Goji Berries build blood, boost energy, and quiet the mind. See your Chinese Medicine Practitioner for a herbal formula that best suits your personal needs.
As mentioned earlier, activities like Taiji, Qi Gong, Meditation, and Yoga provide excellent exercises to reduce stress and anxiety. Performing these specific physical movements, mindful practices and breathing techniques throughout your day allows you space to become quiet and grounded.
Here is a guided meditation you can try. https://youtu.be/4Bs0qUB3BHQ
You may want to add other stress-reduction techniques to your “tool box”, such as:
- Emotional Freedom Technique / Tapping https://youtu.be/pAclBdj20ZU
- Self-Affirmations https://youtu.be/SkGtqFnStx0
- Community Support Groups and Professionals
4) COMBINE ALL INGREDIENTS.
Mix with loving care. Enjoy.
Yours in good health,