6 Steps to Beat the Winter-time Blues

By Casey McSweyn, L.Ac.

acupuncture-needlesThrough the lens of Chinese Medicine, Seattle’s gray and rainy skies offer us the opportunity to gaze inward—to take time to close our eyes, meditate, and visualize the burning embers which lie within us.

Winter is the yin time of year. It is a time of rest, reflection and replenishment. Follow these six simple steps to nourish your yin, nurture your body, and beat the winter-time blues:

  1. Make time in your weekly schedule for some type of restorative exercise: Take a 20 minute walk in the rain before bed, join a yoga class, learn the ancient art of Qi Gong.
  2. Nourish your body with warming foods – check out this great miso soup recipe! And don’t forget the green tea.
  3. Come in for a winter Acupuncture tune-up! We can help to strengthen your body’s energy (qi), boost your immunity, and calm the mind.
  4. Do something selfless- give one gift this week, without any expectation of return.
  5. Allow yourself time to create something new. Whether it’s a conversation, a painting, or a poem.
  6. Allow for one extra hour of sleep per night this season. In Chinese Medicine sleep is a time of introspection for the “shen” or spirit. This time is critical for our health, especially in the winter months, in that it allows the shen to rest. This process permits the mind time to disembark from daily stresses.

After following these simple steps, say goodbye to the winter-time blues! And breathe deep…knowing that winter in Seattle, despite it’s gray skies and endless drizzle, is full of quiet miracles.

Casey McSweyn L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Chinese Herbalist, of Full Circle Acupuncture has been practicing acupuncture in Seattle for 10 years. She treats a variety of disorders but specializes in women’s health and fertility.

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