As a Chinese Medicine practitioner, I am a huge advocate for acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage therapy. I truly believe that most people will benefit from these therapies in some shape or form.
Something that I like to emphasis to all my patients is the importance of what you do at home between sessions. It’s the things you do everyday that will make the biggest changes to your health.
They seem simple but few people have mastered them all.
It’s important to consider-
- How long are you sleeping each night?
- Do you wake up in the night?
- Do you fall asleep easily?
- Do you wake up feeling rested?
Simply put, most people are not getting enough sleep for their bodies to function optimally. Yes some people can survive on less sleep than others but most people need at least 8 hours of quality sleep each and every night to really be healthy.
- What are you eating?
- When are you eating?
- What state of mind are you in when you eat?
- Do you keep your body well hydrated?
The quality of the food you eat, the timings of meals and the amount you chew your food matters. It can make a huge difference to your energy levels, your mood and even impact the amount of inflammation in your body.
Excessive Inflammation is a key factor in most disease and certainly a trigger for pain so in short- we don’t want a lot of it!
It’s also just as important to drink enough water to support our bodies day to day functions. A lot of people are feeling tired, stiff and sore and them not drinking enough water is playing a major part in causing it.
Personally I think people should be drinking a MINIMUM of 2 litres a day (more if exercising). I bet that if you challenge yourself to drink at least 2 litres of water every day for 30 days you will feel and see the difference.
- How do you move your body?
- Do you move it enough?
- Do you move it too much?
Like everything else discussed here, balance is key.
Find a activity that challenges your body enough to get your heart rate up, stimulate blood circulation and grow muscle without leaving you exhausted and with injuries.
What do you do for your down time?
- Take a walk outside?
- Go to the beach?
- Have a bath at home?
- Do some gardening?
I’m afraid sleeping does not count here. It’s important to regularly engage in a activity where you are conscious, awake and relaxed.
Our mental and physical health are directly connected through our nervous system so you can drink all the green smoothies and eat all the organic salads in the world, but if you are constantly under a lot of stress and not coping with the load then your health will suffer.
What I have discussed today will not be new information for a lot of you reading this but please, check in and assess how you are sleeping, eating, drinking and moving, and if you could improve one of those areas then now is the time to do!
Your health will thank you.
“Everyday, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.”
The Dalai Lama