How do you start your day...do you literally jump out of bed and plunge into your daily activities, or do you take time to gradually wake up, stretch and ease the transition between sleep and wakefulness?
You might feel victorious if you can jump straight into your daily routine, but did you know this can place a great deal of pressure on your body systems and create a strain on weak artery walls? For instance, strokes and heart attacks occur most commonly in the early morning, partly due to the sudden and dramatic changes in heart rate, blood pressure and temperature in this transition phase.
Take some time to develop a gentle morning routine to start your day in a great way, incorporating stretches, self massage and soft music. You might like to try this gently stimulating morning ritual passed down by the ancient Chinese Taoists
Emotional regulation and emotional resilience are key concepts to develop awareness and skills around for children of all ages, starting from the very young. Good mental health is every person’s birthright, however unfortunately in Australia our children are facing something of a crisis. Beyond Blue reports that 1 in 7 school aged children were diagnosed with a mental health condition in 2015, and this doesn’t take into account that mental health conditions are notoriously under-reported and under-diagnosed due to a pervasive social stigma around these conditions.
It’s really important for parents, carers, teachers and anyone with young people in their lives to be proactive about encouraging the development of emotional intelligence, and raising awareness around good mental health practices.
I've been a bit quiet on the blog front lately, because I have been enjoying playing with a new medium...Facebook Live Videos! I have done a few now, on various topics including:
* acupressure for stress relief,
* acupressure for anxiety, and most recently,
* a holistic approach to insomnia
Please make sure to "Like" me on Facebook to see what I am up to over there, and to see all my past videos, and have the opportunity to see me over there "live". You can ask questions and interact with me there, and I really welcome any requests for future videos. I'll be back to blogging again soon as well too. Have a wonderful day!
Would you like to live to be 100? You would be surprised at how many people would answer “no” to that question. Many people are in such poor health that it is a physical and emotional struggle to get through each day, let alone an entire century. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
If we are living properly, enjoying the rich quality of life that we are entitled to, we should all be thrilled to live to 100! In fact, the hard part should be figuring out how to squeeze all of our goals and accomplishments into such a relatively short period of time.
24 hours. One day.
What if you only got one? What would you do with it? Who would you see? How would you act? Where would you go?
Fortunately most of us get more than one day to live out our lives. But for too many of us there seems to be something wrong with every single day we are given. It’s too long. It’s too short. It’s cold. It’s rainy. It’s boring. It’s too busy.
If it were your last day, do you think you would give things like the weather a second thought? If you had just one day to live, your focus would undoubtedly shift from complaining and complacency to productivity, love, and thankfulness.
If you asked the average person how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) keeps you healthy, they would probably answer that it involves acupuncture needles. That is a good start – but TCM is so much more than needles.
TCM is a complex understanding of how Qi (loosely translated as energy, or life force), affects your health. Qi flows through meridians passing through points which can be used to regulate and control that flow. When the flow of Qi increases, decreases or its quality changes, your health is affected. The most common way to manage the flow of Qi is with acupuncture needles. But TCM actually incorporates a wide range of therapies that complement each other to bring about health and harmony. In this blog post you will learn three ways to keep yourself healthy using TCM principles at home. By using these techniques in your daily life, you can be in charge of your health.
The world today can be a difficult place, full of stressful situations and worrying prospects. It can be very easy to get lost in the fast pace of modern life and to see things through a negative lens. However, the world can also be a place of love, beauty and wonder, if we choose to let it.
Negativity can be understood as imbalance in one’s energy and is a symptom of stress. Complaining, blaming, and being overly critical are signs that you’re letting negativity get the better of you.
Naturally, there will be days when things just don't go your way, but how you deal with a difficult day is part of what defines you and makes you who you are. We can all learn to balance our energy and find a way to positivity. For some it may take more work than others but it’s most definitely worth it.
Hooray for the first day of Spring! Spring is a happy time. Bunnies hop about. Flowers emerge in long forgotten corners of your garden. The birds return and sing so loudly they wake you in the morning.
Spring should not be a time to be angry. But according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, being angry is exactly what you can expect if you don’t balance your wood element.
When I was in my final year of University at UTS (2009), we were asked to prepare a Vision Statement - a document to describe what we would like to achieve in our new profession as Chinese Medicine practitioners.
I recently came across this document and it really warmed my heart. I love how 'bright eyed and bushy tailed' I was about my future as an acupuncturist. And, I particularly love the fact that after five years of professional practice, I can honestly say that I still embody all the same hopes and ideals. Not only that, but I have made manifest many things that I only dreamed about as a student. I thought I would include that vision statement here with you and make a promise that I will continue to strive towards making this vision a reality. It is my life's work. I hope you enjoy it :-)
Did you know there is one simple thing you can do, anywhere, any time, that can significantly affect your health, happiness, relationships and even your career?
That one thing is to practice gratitude.
Although the benefits of a grateful mindset have been extolled by various spiritual traditions for thousands of years, the practice of gratitude has recently begun to receive unprecedented attention in the field of positive psychology. This is due to its scientifically proven effects on people's health and wellbeing, with studies around the globe demonstrating significant improvements in variables ranging from happiness levels to quality of sleep, relationship health and decision making.
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