As it officially became spring two weeks ago I was filled with new energy and a bright outlook on life. I was looking forward to the longer and brighter days. A couple of days went by and I suddenly found myself exhausted, I was so surprised when I realised this. I thought it would be a downhill ride from here, but yet again I found myself feeling tired to the bones. And once again I found myself scouting for the reason. It was first when I started to prepare for my Monday yin class (check out my schedule here if you would be interested in joining one yourself) that I found the answer in my notes - spring fatigue.
The technical explanation is the switch the body does between melatonin and serotonin. I take that. But I am looking for a cure in traditional Chinese medicine. A sick or sluggish Liver (in TCM the Liver has many more functions than the actual chemical function) brings chaos to the body, it creates stagnation and frustration. As the Liver energy influences all parts of the body, we know when something is off balance.
To help balance this out I have been eating a lot of green and sour foods as these are said to help the Liver Chi, think salads and fruits. I have also been stretching, compressing and twisting the Liver & Gallbladder meridians. If you would like to try some of the poses I have been doing I have included them here below.