Spring is here! With the warmer days and sometimes being able to walk outside without taking a jacket, you can feel the seasonal change.
Besides nearly being my birthday (!), I love this time of year as you feel change, rejuvenation and the vibrancy in nature associated with new life and beginnings, which inherently just rubs off on us…
Element of Earth:
Being stuck indoors 23 hours a day has been challenging for so many of us so the relaxation of rules is enabling us to connect more with the Earth and nature, which is fitting as the element relating to Spring is Earth! Kick off those shoes and ground yourself as much as possible!
According to Chinese Medicine, the organs of Spring are the Liver and Gall Bladder. Responsible for storing and detoxifying blood they also facilitate the flow of energy around the body.
An energy imbalance in the liver or gallbladder, can cause anger and resentment to arise. At a time when lockdown fatigue is at its peak, it’s important to avoid food, practices and habits that may intensify these feelings.
3 simple tips for the Season of Spring:
Spring is a popular time when we typically do a “Spring clean” of our homes. Many of us have likely already done this as we’ve had so much time at home. And a few of us might being carrying a little extra weight from being confined inside and limited exercise time. But as we’re slowly coming out of restrictions we can start to take a Spring cleanse to our diets, physical activity and mindful practices.
- Engage in calming practices: walking, meditation, reading
- Avoid alcohol: the liver is responsible for metabolising alcohol so limit your consumption to give it the best chance to do what its supposed to do!
- Chinese Medicine suggests eating sour foods as they stimulate bile, energy, blood and fluids and help break down fat and move stagnation that has crept in during Winter. Eat light, fresh foods and fill your diet with lots of healthy greens (also the colour of Spring!). Here’s some suggestions:
- Young greens
- Mustard greens
- Spring onions
- Brussel sprouts
- Pine nuts