Autumn Health Tips
Today is the Chinese weather date Bailu (白露), which indicates weather is well into the Autumn/Fall season. After the long hot summer, the active hot energy is almost over and is slowly declining downwards and inwards back to the earth. With every rain shower the temperature gets cooler, leaves are falling, and everything is going into a shrinking and declining mode.
For health concerns, we should regulate our lives in accordance to the nature. We need to pay extra attention to the metal element, which is the element of the Autumn/Fall, which in body is represented by the lung/skin/respiratory system. First, as weather is getting cooler in the morning and evening, we should get our skin covered and keep our body warm, especially in lower body and at joints, where cold energy can easily come in and cause illness. Second, we should maintain regular and appropriate exercises (active and still) to keep our respiratory and immune system strong. And finally, we should be mindful of the Autumn/Fall seasonal climate change which could trigger negative emotions such as sadness loneliness and depression.
If we can acknowledge these changes and make adjustments accordingly, we can then maintain our physical and mental health and flow with the seasonal changes.