Spring - Wood Element Season for Midlife Benefits
In Chinese medicine, the Wood element is associated with the Liver and Gallbladder organs, which are responsible for regulating the flow of Qi (energy) and blood throughout the body. The Wood element is also associated with the season of spring, growth, flexibility, and creativity, which are important qualities for women in midlife and menopause as they navigate the changes and challenges of this stage of life.
Something I have been very familiar with in my life over the last several years
During menopause, women may experience physical and emotional symptoms related to the decline in estrogen levels. These symptoms can include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability, and fatigue. In Chinese medicine, these symptoms are often caused by a yin deficiency, and can be related to a Wood element imbalance, which may be caused by liver Qi stagnation.
To support the Wood element during menopause, women can focus on incorporating healthy habits that promote Qi flow and flexibility. This might include regular exercise, such as yoga or tai chi, which can help to promote Qi flow and reduce stress. Hard core workouts are not always the way... and can really deplete more qi, rather than move and strengthen the qi.
Of course, a healthy diet, rich in green leafy vegetables, can also support liver health and promote the flow of Qi. Happy flowing liver qi happy you!
You can also focus on creative activities that promote self-expression and emotional release. By expressing your emotions in a healthy way, women can reduce stress and promote emotional balance. Unexpressed emotions = stagnant qi... not cool.
In addition, natural remedies, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, essential oils, can help to support the Wood element and alleviate menopausal symptoms. These therapies can help to balance the flow of Qi and promote overall health and well-being.
It's important for women in midlife and menopause to support the Wood element through healthy habits and natural remedies to promote a healthy transition through this stage of life and enjoy improved health and vitality.
Here are 3 tips that you can do today to support the Wood element:
- Incorporate more green leafy vegetables into your diet: Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collard greens are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that support liver health and promote the flow of Qi. Try adding a handful of greens to your morning smoothie or incorporating a salad with lunch or dinner. Green is the wood element color, soooo get your greens girl. I've been airfrying lately... yum.
- Practice deep breathing or meditation: Don't underestimate the power of what you already do without thinking, all, day, long! Deep breathing can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation, which is important for supporting the Wood element. Try setting aside even 5-10 minutes each day to practice deep breathing, and notice how you feel afterwards... it will make you wonder why the heck we don't do this more focused breath-work more often. You can also use a guided meditation app or video to help you get started, sometimes it is nice to have something you're focusing on so that your mind does not wander too much... um trust me... I have got a squirrel mind!
- Move your body: Exercise is important for promoting Qi flow and flexibility, which supports the Wood element. Find an activity that you enjoy, such as yoga, tai chi, stretching, or walking, and aim to do it for at least 30 minutes each day. Do something you love and feels good to you. The simplest movements can make the biggest difference.
By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can support the Wood element and promote a healthy transition through midlife and menopause into the best next chapter of your life!!!