Young boy crying on Santa's lap

Holidays can be difficult

With the year winding down, the holiday season has us doing anything but. We’re programmed to spend the next few weeks running around, shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking, meeting end of year deadlines at work, planning and attending gatherings – leaving our carefully planned routines behind to celebrate the season with friends and family.

In December it’s already easy to feel sapped of energy and moody from the cold and lack of sunshine, but add to that a long list of to-do’s, dizzying demands, and the personal and social expectation of exuding happiness constantly and it’s easy to see why some of us can crumble under the stress of the holiday season. For many, it is also a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness and anxiety – making a stressful time even more daunting.

This stress, anxiety and depression can cause a disruption in the flow of vital energy, or qi, throughout the body. These energetic imbalances mess with all of your body’s systems, causing symptoms of muscle pain, headaches, upset digestion, sleep disturbances and fatigue, and over time more serious illnesses can develop. Chinese medicine treatment can correct these imbalances and directly affect the way your body manages both your stress and your mental health.

Acupuncture treatments can serve to nurture and replenish energy reserves, enhancing the body’s immune system to thrive in times of stress, aid in healing, prevent illness and increase vitality. When enhanced with the use of Chinese herbs, meditation – along with a healthy diet and exercise – a regimen of Chinese Medicine can be extremely effective in helping to provide overall stress relief and well being this holiday season.

Winter is the season where all living things start to slow down, and if we do our best to do the same, we can find the time to reflect on health, replenish energy and conserve the strength needed to make it through the craziness of the coming weeks and the cold months ahead.

Maintaining a routine of health and wellness at this time of year is key to preserving your sanity, well-being – and won’t leave you crying on Santa’s lap.