This time of year, oh my god -- it can feel impossible to feel relaxed and rooted in healthy food and lifestyle habits when constant holiday parties, “treats” hanging around the office, and potentially stressful family holiday trips and meals are all happening.
But there is really always a way to fully support yourself, no matter the environment, and it doesn’t have to involve contraction, bracing yourself, or over-controlling every aspect of your experience. Here’s what I’ve learned, friends!
No one is thinking about tick bites and Lyme disease this time of year….which means it’s the perfect time for a PSA that Lyme disease can be tricky and devastating; it’s not something you want, trust me and probably any other healthcare practitioner who sees it in their practice; and you can still get bitten by ticks in winter. Gasp! The good news: it’s not hard to be prepared if you do a little bit of research now and have a plan of what to do in advance of finding a tick.
How are you feeling right now? Totally energized, enlivened, full of vitality? Never been better?
“That sounds real nice, Aimée, but...no way,” you might be thinking. “I’m feeling pretty tired. Like, I’ve been dragging myself through the things I need to do each day. I can’t think, I feel like I could sleep 11 hours per night and still be tired, and I definitely don’t have enough energy to exercise.”
Maybe you have been feeling exhausted, or tired and wired, for a while now. Read on for the East Asian medicine understanding for why you’ve been so fatigued, and what you can do to support your energy.
I guide people in a self-healing practice called breathwork in private sessions and groups (next one is October 12), but I certainly didn’t always trust my breath, my lungs. When I was a kid, we were definitely not on the same side and had a rather stormy relationship, with me often pouting due to the sting of betrayal.
But we can learn a lot from our lungs. Lungs know how to take in what we need and let go of what we don’t. Automatically, without fail. Here's the story of how I learned to trust my lungs and allow them to heal me.
Today, we’re taking a deep dive into how certain physical issues, thought patterns, and behaviors all connect, how they can show up in your health and in your life, and how to shift your energy and health to something that looks more like...
Feeling truly nourished. Living in integrity. Allowing things to cycle through to fruition, harvest, and completion. Feeding your appetite for new experiences and perspectives. Easily digesting, assimilating, and integrating of foods and ideas. Living from a bottomless well of energy that is constantly being replenished. Giving and receiving support in balanced exchange.
Sounds amazing, right? That’s what the earth phase, one of the five in Chinese five phase theory, looks like when it’s in full, glorious, energizing balance, and it’s the foundation and center of your best possible health and life.
With apologies for any bubble-bursting, amazing health is not going to just magically happen to you. I’m so sorry. While your body is almost miraculously designed to preserve health, the modern world is filled with all kinds of toxic nonsense that our bodies are working hard to keep at bay, and it simply doesn’t have the energy to do everything.
How we spend our days determines our long term health, and also what kind of reserves we have in place when we’re faced with an unexpected health issue. But you don’t need to completely overhaul your entire life -- some tweaks and adjustments to the little things can provide so much support for your health!