Amanda’s Tips for Using Your Creativity to Help Handle Stress

In addition to your acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbs, there are many things that you can do at home that can help you handle stress. Even if you never thought you were a creative person- you can barely draw a stick figure, tell the difference between a concerto and a sonatina or write like your favorite author- you can definitely use the creative process to help expel stress and negative emotions. Finding something that helps refocus your energy and gives you a break from thinking about your stressful day can really work wonders for your mental health!

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

     

  1. Figure out what you’d like to try and are curious about. This could be photographing flowers in the park, taking a beginner’s guitar lesson, dancing in your living room, painting birds, knitting, making cupcakes with the kids, etc. It doesn’t matter if you pick up an old hobby you used to love or find something completely new. Just find something that you have a genuine interest in.
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  3. Set aside the time to actually do the activity! You set aside time for your favorite TV show, right? I promise that this will be more rewarding! I recommend thirty minutes at least three times per week. Even if you can’t think of anything to write or draw, just keep at it. Don’t give up if you feel like your idea isn’t good enough. You don’t have to show anyone if you don’t want to.
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  5. Don’t be too hard on yourself! I cannot stress this one enough. Remember the first time you ever rode a bike and how you didn’t fall over or wobble at all? Yeah, neither do I. Everyone needs to start with the training wheels and basics. Sometimes you don’t like what you create. That’s totally fine. I’ve been doing art for my whole life and I can honestly say that I don’t like most of the things I paint. That’s okay. Its practice for the next painting.
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  7. If you get bored, switch it up. Take your guitar to the backyard instead of practicing in the living room. Try creative writing instead of drawing. Remember: this is about you and no one else.
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If you would like help or have any questions, feel free to ask! I’m always around. There are many classes and resources available in Southeastern Wisconsin, you just need to know where to look!

 

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Health secrets of the Ancients-The Emperor’s physician recommends:

Given the usual activity of the digestive system, it is strongly recommended to eat 3+ times per day; however, to ensure that one never eats within the 2 hours before sleep. For example, if one goes to sleep at 11:00pm, it is recommended to eat before 9:00pm, at the latest. Eating after that time can lead to “food stagnation” (a feeling of bloating and slowing of the digestive process caused by incomplete metabolism) the next day. Repeated late meals may lead to long-term digestive problems.

If one has to eat close to bedtime periodically:

    1. Take Natural Vitality’s “Digestive Essentials” 5 minutes before eating that night.

 

    1. Take Mayway’s “Pill Curing” to clear up the food stagnation symptoms the next day. (also good to take after rich, fat-laden meals)

 

 

 

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

    David’s Tips for Standing and Spinal Strength

    Did you know there are 5 main branches of Oriental Medicine that work together to help you live to 120 years old? One of them involves physical movement and exercise: In this blog I want to briefly explain how you should stand to elongate the spine and allow for optimum circulation! If you are having spinal/back problems, this standing technique can help you to open the spine, which allows for better circulation and stability to promote healing. Even if you do not have any back concerns, by standing and breathing in this posture, you will strengthen the spinal column and avoid future problems from developing. If done on a daily basis, the spine will align and stabilize and become much stronger and flexible than you could have imagined! All this just by standing properly!

    What follows are the basic instructions for what is known as “wu chi posture,” which translates to “empty posture,” in the tai chi system. This posture will help you to regain a sense of center and stability that, unfortunately, can quite easily be lost!

     

    Step 1First, stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Make sure both feet are facing directly forward and are not splayed outward or pulled inward at all. Relax. Find your center of gravity. Make sure your weight is evenly distributed and centered. Breathe! Try to breathe so that you expand your diaphragm and expand the lower abdomen when you breathe. This will help to build your sense of a center of gravity.

    Step 2Once you have found a reasonable center, with your feet shoulder width apart bend your knees slightly. The knees should not bend past the toes. Your knees should be in perfect alignment with your feet.

    Step 3Once the feet and knees are in alignment, make sure that the shoulders are aligned with the hips. This is a crucial point in this standing exercise. The hips need to be in direct alignment with the shoulders so the spine can straighten, center and open up. While standing in this balanced way, to help to open up the lumber spine and keep the hips in direct alignment with the shoulders, we have to tilt the pelvis. This tends to be confusing for some. Let me explain. Instead of having a hollow area in the lumber region that forms a curve similar to the bottom part of the letter S we want to straighten that lower S curve so that it is straight. This is done by tilting the pelvis up ward and forward. Imagine that you are pulling the two points at the front of your hips in line with your navel to wards the abdomen and you are pulling the pelvic floor upward. This motion will straighten and open up the lumber spine while you are standing in alignment.

    Step 4Once the pelvis is tilted upward, the lumbar spine is open and straight and the shoulders are in alignment with the hips, it is time to straighten the neck or cervical spine. This is done by drawing the chin in towards the throat. So in order to form perfect alignment and open the spine, we do not want the chin away from the neck, we want it drawn inward towards it.

    Step 5The arms hang relaxed by your sides. Now you should feel that the spine is in solid alignment. To emphasize this you can begin to use mental imagery. Imagine that as you tuck the chin in to straighten the cervical spine a thread is drawing the crown of the head up to the heavens and a cord is drawing you into the earth from your perineum or pelvic floor. Imagine your feet become roots and draw you further into the earth all the while this heavenly thread is pulling you upward. Play with this imagery and combine the stretching and pulling imagery with the breath. This subtle interplay will help to open the spine further and relax the spinal chord.

    As you can see this is quite a simple exercise, but done regularly for 10-30 minutes a day will help to strengthen and open the spine to aid in the treatment or prevention of any and all spinal pains and tensions.

    Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.