3 easy ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine

3 easy ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine

For many of us, it seems our lives are becoming busier and busier – so much so that it can often be difficult to find time to take a break and switch off from the world. However, insufficient rest can lead to increased stress levels as well as a whole host of other ailments.

Thankfully, mindfulness can help. Defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, mindfulness is a highly effective therapeutic techniqueused for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

Want to try it for yourself? Follow our three easy ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine and start experiencing the magic of mindfulness today.

Spend time with your thoughts

Start by setting a few minutes aside each day in which to simply sit with your thoughts, and focus your awareness on the emotions that follow. While it may seem simple, many first-timers are likely to be surprised at how challenging it can be to avoid distraction!

Switch off your autopilot

Do you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions? An important part of mindfulness is learning how to switch off your autopilot and making a conscious effort to bring your awareness back to the task at hand. 

Engage your senses

One of the key elements of mindfulness is to stay in the present moment. Rather than allowing your mind to wander, try to think about your surroundings. Brining your awareness to things like the sun on your face or the scent in the air is a great way to train yourself to do this is by engaging your senses.

Do you practice mindfulness as part of your regular routine? Let us know what works for you in the comments below.

How to stick to your routine throughout the holidays

How to stick to your routine throughout the holidays

With the holiday season fast approaching, it can be difficult to stay on track with your regular health and wellness routine. From Christmas parties to family gatherings and end of year celebrations, we can often find ourselves eating and drinking far more than we usually would, and losing track of our regular fitness regime.

While we all deserve to treat ourselves from time to time, it’s important to be aware of our excess consumption and make a conscious effort to move our bodies a little more and do our best to stick to a good routine throughout the holiday period. Here are our top tips to help you enjoy the holidays without compromising your health!

Plan ahead

One of the best ways to ensure you stay on top of your health regime is to be aware of all of your upcoming events and plan ahead. If you have a get together where you expect there might be a lot of tasty treats on offer, try to fit in an extra workout earlier on in the week. If you’re likely to be eating a large meal for dinner, enjoy a lighter meal for lunch and ensure you stay well hydrated.

Stay accountable

December can be one of the most chaotic times of the year, and with so much else on our minds it’s all too easy to skip a few workouts here and indulge in a few treats there – but in time, these things can really add up without us even realising! Try to stay accountable by recording your workouts in a schedule, or you may even want to recruit a friend to workout with. If you’re having trouble with all the extra treats, you might even consider tracking your food intake in a diary. For some, seeing it all in black and white can really help put things into perspective and give you the willpower to say no!

Don’t overdo it

At the end of the day, the holidays are here to be enjoyed – and it’s important to remember that you don’t need to deprive yourself, as long as you don’t overdo it! Like most things in life, the key is to find a happy balance between enjoying yourself and not undoing your hard work from throughout the year.

For further support on staying healthy throughout the holiday period and bringing balance back into your life, contact Luciferous Traditional Chinese Medicine today on (03) 9576 8538. What helps you stick to your routine throughout the holidays? What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment for Bell’s Palsy

Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment for Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s Palsy is a serious condition in which patients experience a sudden onset weakness or paralysis in one side of the face. While the condition is in most cases only temporary, the effects can be highly distressing as it can often result in a ‘droopy’ or ‘lopsided’ appearance and even lead to difficulty in eating, drinking and blinking. Thankfully, Traditional Chinese Medicine can help.

According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, Bells Palsy is the result of a deficiency within a person’s underlying qi, in which external wind and cold are attacking the channels of the face. As such, Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment for Bell’s Palsy involves expelling the wind and removing dampness while stimulating blood circulation in order to restore balance within the face.

To achieve this, your Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner may prescribe a number of different methods to help you overcome Bell’s Palsy and regain control of your facial nerves.

Acupuncture

In most cases, acupuncture is likely to be the first step in your Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment plan. To reap to full rewards that acupuncture can offer, you will most likely be required to attend a minimum of one to two sessions per week to enhance your facial mobility and overcome Bell’s Palsy.

Herbal Medicine

For a truly holistic approach, patients may wish to add herbal medicine options to their treatment regime. A customised prescription of herbal medicine may help to target underlying symptoms and restore a greater sense of overall balance within the body, which can really help speed up the Bell’s Palsy recovery period.

Relaxation

Often, Bell’s Palsy can lead cause patients to experience a great deal of stress – which is actually counterintuitive to your recovery. Higher stress levels make it more difficult to overcome the condition, and can even extend your recovery period. Your practitioner will likely recommend you try to find a way to relax, whether it be by meditation, regular massages or taking some time away from your normal responsibilities, finding a way to relax is highly important.

Here at Luciferous Traditional Chinese Medicine, we’ve had great success in helping patients overcome Bell’s Palsy. For more information on how we can help you, please get in touch with us today via the contact page.

Have you or one of your loved ones experienced Bell’s Palsy before? What has worked for you? Let us know in the comments section below!

Tips to achieve balance in the home

Tips to achieve balance in the home

Here at Luciferous Traditional Chinese Medicine, we believe that your treatment shouldn’t stop when you leave the clinic. For many of our patients, their overall goal is to achieve balance in their life, and given that our homes are the place where we spend most of our spare time, it’s important that our residences reflect these intentions.

To help you create a space that will support your journey towards a more balanced lifestyle, we’ve put together a list of simple Traditional Chinese Medicine tips to help you achieve balance in your home.

Remove unnecessary clutter

The first step is to do a total sweep of your home and remove all unnecessary clutter from your living spaces to create a calm and peaceful environment. Too much clutter can cloud your mental state, and some people even report that it can make it difficult to focus on certain tasks.

Embrace fresh air

Next, open your windows wide and embrace the fresh air. The air we breathe can have a notable effect on our overall health and wellbeing, so it’s important to ensure that your air is clean and has as few pollutants as possible. If the air from outside is not ideal, you may want to consider investing in an air purifying device, or even purchasing some house plants known for their air purifying properties.

Use natural light

Finally, try to utilise as much natural light as possible. Make sure your curtains or blinds allow plenty of natural light, and minimise your use of artificial lighting. Not only will it lower your electricity bill, but it will also ensure your circadian rhythm remains stable and significantly improve your overall wellbeing.

Have you implemented any of these strategies into your home? We’d love to hear from you, let us know in the comments what has worked for you! For further advice, visit the online booking portal to schedule an appointment at Luciferous Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Why acupuncture can benefit people of all ages

Why acupuncture can benefit people of all ages

Each year, acupuncture attracts thousands of new patients seeking treatment for a diverse range of injuries and ailments. From young children through to elderly adults, acupuncture is popular with patients of all ages, and the benefits of this ancient Chinese treatment method are highly regarded by health professionals all over the world.

Here are some of the reasons why acupuncture can benefit people of all ages and why it remains a preferred treatment option after more than 2000 years.

Provides effective relief from pain

One of the most common reasons why people turn to acupuncture is to seek relief from acute or chronic pain. For many people, acupuncture provides far more effective relief from pain, and in some patients even report that it is the only treatment that allows them to live comfortably.

Treats a wide range of symptoms

As well as pain relief, acupuncture can also be highly effective in treating an extensive list of physical, emotional and mental conditions that can affect adults and children. Respectively, these conditions can allergies, infertility, arthritis, migraines, insomnia, stress, anxiety and many more.

No harmful side effects

In most instances, patients turn to acupuncture over western medicine treatments in favour of a more natural approach. One of the most highly praised traits of acupuncture is the fact that treatment causes no harmful side effects and in many cases can limit the need for further medication.

To find out more about whether acupuncture is the right treatment option for you or your loved one, contact Luciferous Traditional Chinese Medicine today on (03) 9576 8538.