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  • Courtney Smith, L.Ac

Mulberry Acupuncture and Wellness: Embracing Balance and Wellness this Winter Season



Winter wellness inspired by mulberry acupuncture and wellness

As we approach the winter solstice and immerse ourselves in the festive cheer, finding a balance between relaxing and fulfilling holiday responsibilities is essential. At Mulberry Acupuncture & Wellness in Longmont, CO, we understand the importance of energy conservation during this bustling season to prevent post-holiday burnout and seasonal depression. Although escaping the holiday hustle is challenging, a steady, mindful approach to self-care can keep us rejuvenated and joyous.


Nurturing the Kidney Energy - The Essence of Winter in Chinese Medicine:

In Chinese Medicine, winter is governed by the Kidney, symbolizing the water element and embodying the spirit of willpower. This season calls for nurturing both aspects of will – the yang, which drives life's major decisions, and the yin, which trusts in life's effortless unfolding. At Mulberry Acupuncture & Wellness, we focus on strengthening this yin aspect, fostering inner wisdom, and reducing fear of the unknown. Embracing each season's purpose, we remember that after winter, spring inevitably follows.


Winter Wellness Tips for Kidney Energy Balance:

  1. Planning and Visualization: Utilize winter for planning and manifesting future goals. Create vision boards, engage in financial planning, and prepare for upcoming ventures like garden planning or summer trips.

  2. Embrace Hygge: Create a cozy home environment to uplift your mood, a practice inspired by the Danish concept of hygge. Organize your space to minimize stress during inclement weather.

  3. Gentle Exercise: Partake in qi-enhancing activities like yoga, tai chi, and qi gong. These low-impact exercises promote energy flow and mental calmness.

  4. Sunshine for Serotonin: Boost your mood and circadian rhythm with at least 10 minutes of morning sunshine.

  5. Nourishing Foods: Indulge in slow-cooked meals that are easy to digest. Bone broth enhances nutrient absorption and provides essential proteins and collagen for tissue repair. Incorporate root vegetables for digestive health.

  6. Meditation and Breathwork: Connect with your inner wisdom and alleviate anxiety through meditation, including moving meditation or breathwork practices.

  7. Restorative Sleep: Embrace the natural urge to sleep more. Incorporating yoga nidra, a form of guided relaxation, can significantly rejuvenate your mind and body.

  8. Fostering Connections: Engage in deep conversations and build intimate relationships to counterbalance solitude and seasonal melancholy.

Recommended Seasonal Reading and Listening:

  • "Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year: A Little Book of Festive Joy" by Beth Kempton

  • "Calm Christmas" podcast by Beth Kempton

  • "Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times" by Katherine May


At Mulberry Acupuncture & Wellness, Longmont, CO, we are dedicated to guiding you through a balanced and healthy winter season. Embracing these practices enhances your current well-being and prepares you for the vibrant months ahead. Join us in this journey of wellness and harmony.

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