We're proud that our patients invest time during their busy week to see us for revitalizing acupuncture treatments, but we also know that poor lifestyle choices made between treatments can have a huge impact on how effectively acupuncture works. Blog posts on this page include lifestyle tips to add to your health routine.
Stress happens whether we like it or not, no matter how much we prepare for it. Having a list of positive activities readily available is key because you'll never know when that stress will strike. We at Beachside Community Acupuncture like to incorporate the physical and mental when we're dealing with stress, as you can see from our list. Involving the body in your stress relief - either through activating different senses with essential oils or by giving it gentle exercise - can not only provide more of a distraction but also influence the brain to rethink how's it's perceiving the stressful situation.
Make a go-to list of stress relievers for yourself - they may be different from ours - and have it around so you know what to do when you feel overwhelmed. That way you won't agitate yourself more trying to figure out how to feel better!
Now that you've hydrated and fed your body, it's time to get it moving! The body replenishes its qi and blood through the night, so the morning is the perfect time to work out to get that qi and blood circulating. A lot of people think a workout always needs to be in a gym or last a certain amount of time or be at a certain intensity, but that's not true at all. The idea is to do something active to wake the body up. That can be something gentle like walking or yoga, or you can do a more intense exercise if that feels right to you. Just don't set huge lofty goals - like running 5 miles a day when you've never run more than 1 before - because they can set you up for failure if you feel bad about yourself for not attaining them. Start small and work your way up, and don't beat yourself up if you miss a day. Look at what caused you to miss - not setting an alarm, not having your gym clothes ready, etc. - and fix the problem so you can do better next time!
In both Chinese and Western medicine, exercise can help your mood, sleep, energy, digestion, and more, so start working out in the mornings to begin your day at your best.
What are you doing after you drink your warm water with lemon? We personally like to let the body "digest" it for a little bit before eating breakfast. If you're the type who likes to skip breakfast, make it one of your New Year's resolutions to break that habit! Start with something little if you don't feel hungry - try a protein shake (at room temperature) or a hard-boiled egg - and then work your way up to a full meal. Feeding the body in the morning gives it the energy to get you through to lunch, which is especially important because it hasn't had any nourishment in the hours that you'd been sleeping.
The biggest caveat here is to choose warming foods for breakfast, for the same reasons we mentioned with water. The idea is to gently get the digestive system fired up for the day, and cold food and beverages will make it feel just like you would if someone dumped ice water over your head!
What do you do when you first wake up? More specifically, what do you eat and/or drink?
Through the night we lose water as we breathe, which means we can start the day off a bit dehydrated. Having at least a glass of water as soon as you wake up replenishes that lost water and gives your cells the hydration they need to function. Room temperature or slightly warm water is your best bet. In Chinese Medicine, the main digestive organ (the Spleen) likes to be warm, so downing a cup of cold water is a bit of a shock. If you'd like to add a gentle cleanse to this routine, try a little bit of squeezed lemon to the warm water as well.
Do this each day for a week or two and see how you feel!
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