For example, ongoing or unexpressed ‘anger’ and ‘frustration’ makes your Qi rise upwards, causing an imbalance between the upper and lower parts of your body. With too much Qi at the top and not enough below, common problems include depression, over-reactions, feelings of over stimulation, high blood pressure, headaches, migraines, dizziness, stiff neck and shoulders, eye problems, tinnitus, a tight jaw. vivid dreams, feeling hot and a dry mouth.
So, with this in mind, and whilst CHIME is closed, what can you do to help yourself from home?
- Acknowledge how you feel: When you were a baby, your body told you if you were hungry or in pain, hot or tired. Yet as we have got older, we have let our minds dominate and focused on thinking about how we feel, rather than feeling it. So for now, just shut your eyes, bring your attention to your breath and see what comes up- are you sad, or worried? Fed up and angry? Perhaps something else altogether?
- Sit with how you feel: You have permission to feel like you do. You are human, you have expectations, hopes and goals. Explore it. See how or if it manifests in your body by pressing down on different areas (e.g. stiff shoulders/ tight chest, painful abdomen?)
- Express how you feel: Focus on the emotion as you express it. This does not need to be done verbally, although it certainly can be (talking, shouting, screaming). It can also be done through writing e.g. journaling or penning a letter. Or by physically moving the emotion through you e.g. physical exercise, deep breathing down to the abdomen (make your tummy move in and out), stretching, punching, squeezing or crying.
When CHIME is back up and running, we will be providing personalised ‘reset’ and ‘rebalance’ treatments to help you move through stuck emotions, as well as bringing back our ever- popular Acu- Chill classes. These immersive sessions combine the benefits of meditation & acupuncture, visualisation and essential oils to help reduce stress and anxiety by calming the nervous system.
For now, acknowledge how you feel, accept it and express it. Give yourself time- just 5 minutes per day. Every day. And make things happen. Feel happier and healthier in your body and mind.