Spring 2018 really seems to have arrived at last! It is such an interesting time of year energetically: all the power that has been lying dormant during the winter has been activated and the world around us is changing rapidly and dramatically. It almost seems as though if I sat still long enough I would actually be able to see the leaves growing on the trees.
This change in energy is reflected in us too, and it makes Spring a brilliant time to make changes. In Chinese medicine terms, Spring is part of the Wood element, and it is all about planning and learning and growing, so now is the time to start those projects that you have been putting off, or to plan what you want to do over the next few months. It’s also the time to think about the big changes – is it time to go for a new job, move house, make changes to your relationship?
Spring is also a fantastic time to make positive changes to our health. The nicer weather helps us to eat better and encourages us to get out in the fresh air.
I expect a lot of you are doing these things already, as Spring just naturally makes us want to get up and get on with things. If we are unsure of what changes we want to make, or our energy is a bit low, however, then one of the things that can happen in Spring is that we can feel frustrated or irritable or a bit low. It’s like trying to drive with the handbrake still on. The change in energy can also exacerbate any physical symptoms, too. I know a number of clients who have noticed that they have flare ups at this time of year.
What can help?
There are things we can do to help break through this inertia. Acupuncture is definitely one of them. It can be great for getting things moving, as well as helping us stand back and view ourselves a bit more objectively and see the way forward more clearly. It can also help calm down those symptoms that have flared up.
Another thing that helps in the Spring is changing our diets to be a bit lighter and greener. Think about adding fresh herbs to your food. Steam and stir fry rather than boiling and roasting food. Also, eat a bit more raw food, although be careful with this if you are prone to feeling cold.
Exercise can also shift stuck thoughts and feelings, as well as our bodies. Even just a walk in the fresh air can make a big difference, but if your health allows you to do something a bit more intensive, even better. Check with a GP if you need to though.
If you would like help to harness the fantastic energy at this time of year, or help to calm down any symptoms that have flared up, do get in touch. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text me on 07986 758528.