TIP 1: SLEEP MORE
TCM teaches us to embrace the characteristics of our environment, for good health to prevail. During winter, everything is in hibernation. We can mirror that quality of the season by increasing our snooze time. This nourishes our yang qi (our ability to be active and warm) and protects our yin and essence (the material aspect of our bodies, which include our blood and body fluids).
TIP 2: EAT MORE WARMING FOODS
This is essential to protect our yang qi. In winter yang qi moves deeper inside of the body, to stay protected from the cold of the season. Warming foods nourish our yang qi and protect our bodies’ ability to stay warm during this season. If you eat a lot of salads during winter, and find your energy levels waning, perhaps lightly steaming your veggies may help as well.
TIP 3: MOVE YOUR BODY
Getting your daily exercise is just as important in winter, as it is in any other season. Stick to the exercise routine that makes you feel good. If you don’t have a regular exercise routine, start one. Yoga, tai chi and qi gong are great activities you can try. Don’t over do it, as this stresses both the body’s yang qi and yin and essence, which makes us makes us more susceptible to seasonal illnesses.
To conclude here is a bonus tip. Regularly see your acupuncturist ☺. Acupuncture brings balance to your unique constitution, so you stay healthy in winter, and every other season of the year.