Many millennia ago, Chinese physicians observed the influence of each season on our health and wellbeing and offered specific advice to help people avoid illness and thrive during that time of year. Here are their tips for revitalising you this spring:
1) Rise and shine
Ancient wisdom recommends getting up a little earlier and beginning each day with a positive peaceful practice like stretching or yoga, meditation or reading something inspirational to set good intention for your day ahead. It is still important to keep cosy and warm as the spring weather can be chilly especially in the early and late hours of the day.
2) Detox with a delicious cleansing tea
We know the Chinese have loved tea forever so they advise nourishing with herbs that help your body gently detoxify and also support the dominant organ system of the spring. In Chinese 5-element theory, the wood element governs the springtime, full of growth and vision, and the wood element represents our liver and gall-bladder function. The liver is an organ that plays an essential role in your body’s ability to cleanse and restore itself, so we would look for teas that will support its function.
Our delicious White or Green teas contain high levels of antioxidants and are helpful for healing and restoring the body and are great for cleansing, hydrating and detoxifying.
Pu-erh tea is a fantastic liver tonic. Pro and prebiotic, it helps boost your digestive process and helps with all the digestive functions the liver is used for like emulsification of fats.
Our brain-boosting herbal blend contains nettle for blood cleansing as well as cardamon to make you happy!
3) Release Emotions And Stress
Another piece of advice of age-old Chinese wisdom is that your mental and physical activities should be like the spring weather: active, alive, open and releasing and not suppressed. Many people suppress emotions in their bodies and they often present as physical symptoms or inexplicable feelings or behaviour. With things like S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder), the long winter months can heighten these feelings and so when spring comes along, identify the source of any anger, sadness or other unhappiness so that you can begin to spot emotional patterns and make changes or seek relevant support.
Deep breathing will also bring balance. Sometime during your busy day, find time to close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths to restore your equilibrium. Better still, try the amazing 4-7-8 breath from Dr. Andrew Weil to help calm you, keep you in a more peaceful state and help you be better able to approach problems with some resilience and get a better outcome.
4) Get Moving To Get Your Spring Energy Moving
If you spent your winter curled up in front of the TV, the spring weather and extra sun time should be beckoning you to get physical in the great outdoors. Our bodies are not designed to sit all day and yet most of us spend the majority of our time at our desks or reclining in bed. Our bodies are best designed to walk, not only because this offers us a wonderful form of exercise, but also provides essential cross-patterned movement (the term for the opposite movement of your limbs) that builds the bridge between our left and right brain hemispheres allowing for electrical impulses and information to pass freely between the two and integrate both motor and cognitive functions.
Enjoy some fresh spring air, have a lovely brisk walk to keep the blood circulating and to release physical tension and get some natural sunlight in the retinas and on the skin for that much needed Vitamin D and to reset your circadian rhythm for the new season!
Wishing you a brilliant, exciting, happy and healthy spring :)