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Chinese Health Gem of the Month: De-Stressing for the Holidays

Nov 30, 2016 07:52PM

by Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac. 


How time flies––in the blink of an eye, the Christmas season is upon us already. Aside from being an important religious season, it also represents for many people the most commercialized time of year. Although intended to be joyful and festive, the holidays often cause increased amounts of stress. Decisions about which gifts to purchase, how to budget for these expenses, where to host the out-of-town guests and other obligations can provoke anxiety. This season can also be lonely or depressing for those without family or who recently lost someone, causing unpleasant memories to resurface.  

Here are some positive tips on how to cope with the complex emotions that often seem inevitable during this holiday season:  


  1. Take leisurely walks and breathe deeply. Fresh air is beneficial for the lungs and can relieve stress, anxiety or sadness.  

  1. Eat foods which are easy to digest. Often, stress can affect the intestinal tract, impairing both the digestive and bowel movement processes.   

  1. Go to a comedy show, or get together with friends for an evening of much-needed laughter.  

  1. Drink peppermint or chrysanthemum teas, of which are ideal for regulating the liver system which is often affected by stress. Once the liver becomes impaired, a person will exhibit various types of emotional imbalances like depression, anger, irritability or anxiety.  

  1. Visit a toy store and relive positive memories from your own childhood. Feel the energy and excitement inside you once again and remember what makes this season special.  

  1. Avoid alcoholic drinks and sour foods, as these will impair the liver which, as previously mentioned, is crucial in enabling you to manage your emotions.  

  1. Purchase a fish tank or go someplace where a fish tank already exits, then spend time watching the fish swim. This repetitive motion evokes a calming sensation.  

  1. Practice meditation, yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi to help your body relax and promote smooth energy flow 

  1. Spend time immersed and surrounded by nature to help you feel both rooted and balanced.  

  1. Avoid overeating and overdrinking or engaging in behaviors you will ultimately regret. This will only cause you to become more stressed.  


I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a happy, healthy and exciting 2017!  


Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac., is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist in Sarasota. He is a four-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” award and runs an Acupuncture practice located near the Sarasota Memorial Hospital. For more information, call 941-773-5156 or email [email protected]  


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