How To Survive Winter

How to best survive winter? Winter is a time of staying indoors, sleeping more and of building up reserves. An ancient Chinese medical text advises us not to exercise excessively at this time since – this will cause the yang to come to the surface instead of naturally going inward. Winter is a time for internal work and for quiet reflection. It is about gathering strength for the year ahead.

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Stress Buster Exercise

If you find yourself feeling wound up why not try out the following stress buster exercise? Starting with your feet together and your closed fists crossed over your chest in a protective gesture, quickly jump up and expand the whole movement so that you are standing with your feet apart and your arms held high – rather like a large ‘X’. As you do this let out a loud ‘aaargh’ to assist the release of Qi. Doesn’t that feel so much better?

Chestnuts and Sprouts

According to traditional Chinese dietary practice we should eat according to the season, and this means eating more warming foods. Seasonally warming foods include turkey, chestnuts and sprouts. Chestnuts are also reputed to benefit the stomach and promote blood circulation – just the tonic for a heavy festive meal!