During the fall, we are experiencing transition and change — a strong shift in weather, the changing of the leaves and preparing for the upcoming winter.
Chinese Medicine views autumn as a season of “letting go.” We encourage you to let go of things that are weighing on your mind that do not support your highest good. Release negative energy and thoughts, and allow yourself to be present to what is going on right in front of you.
Fall is also the beginning of yin cycle, or the shortening of the days. With shorter hours of sunlight (Daylight Savings Time ends on November 5) we begin to prepare for the winter months, or harvesting. Take the time now to enjoy the outdoors and the harvest that will soon no longer be available.
As we welcome the new season, here are some more tips for both physical and mental health:
- Sustaining a proper sleep cycle is important during the beginning of the yin cycle of winter, as people’s schedules often change. Be sure you are nourishing your body with the proper amount of rest each night!
- Eat and drink things that are lubricating and soothing to nourish your yin. These foods include coconut milk, almond milk, aduki beans, barley, spelt, walnut, eggs and mangos. Avoid drinking anything that is hot and drying such as alcohol or coffee.
- Support your yin by allowing yourself to slow down. A busy, stressful lifestyle depletes your yin and leaves you fatigued over time. Adding short meditations and deep-breath sessions to your day can make a world of difference.
- Coming in for a fall acupuncture session is another great way to balance the transition from the yang summer to the yin winter. We look forward to seeing you