The November Self-Care Roundup
Some inspiration from the Self-Care Saturdays theme over at our public Facebook Page
- A mindful meditation for dealing with the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.
- Tips to help you balance your health this autumn from East Asian Medicine practitioner Jessica Martens at Sound Acupuncture of Washington state:
"In Chinese medicine, we view each season of the year as important in the balance of the others. Winter balances summer, spring balances fall, yin balances yang. And just like yin and yang have characteristics and influences that are important to each, so do the seasons have varying impacts on our health and well-being. Autumn is the metal season in Chinese medicine. Metal in balance presents as optimism, fresh ideas and new perspectives. Balanced metal also gives us a sense of our self-worth. We are equally able to let go of the old unnecessary thoughts or items in our life, and be open to new ideas and thoughts, people, places and things. When we are out of balance in the metal element, we might view everything pessimistically. The imbalance might also express itself as an inability to let go of things or people, living always in the past, refusing to move on with or from a project (occasionally presenting as irrational striving for perfection!), or possibly just stubbornness or a weepy depression.
"Consider these helpful tips and recipes for harmonizing with the season..." Read more here
- Tips on health for longevity from the Blue Zones.
- Looking for recipes for simple and tasty autumn and winter warming foods?
- Check out this squash, beans, and rice recipe from the Blue Zones Project.
- Or from Country Living, 40 recipes for squash-based soups. yum!
- Want to learn more about treating coughs with integrative self care? Check out this article from pediatric acupuncturist Robin Ray Green, 8 Ways to Stop a Child's Cough Naturally & Safely. Robin also covers cautions and red flags for more serious symptoms at the end of the article. Here's an excerpt:
"It's important to understand that treating your child's cough naturally is not a one-and-done. Instead, it's about combining the right remedies that will work for your child according to their age and the type of cough they have.....For best results, it's important to combine remedies, use them consistently, and have patience with the process."
- As you prepare for the holiday, some tips to help you remember to let go and relax into the moments one step at a time.