3 Reasons why leisure time and leisure mind is important!

By Dr. Kathleen Albertson, L. Ac.
Acupuncturist, Herbalist
PhD, Holistic Nutrition

Are you busy… or do you create busyness?

This time of year we all run around like chickens loose from the coop.

Overworking and lack of rest causes health issues.

Why do you need rest and leisure time, physically and mentally? Let me remind you! Sometimes we are running to fast to remember ourselves!! Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine deal with external factors that affect our health. Be more aware and you can improve how you feel. Awareness brings more control over you your behavior.

#1. Stress is a precursor for all types of physical and emotional health problems. It leads to chronic pain, anxiety and depression. Have any of these? Then slow down. Breathe. If you are driving try to be in the “now.” Breathe deeper and relax your stomach muscles, chest and diaphragm. Feel that breathe down to your toes…Have that aha moment. You are in the now, do it again… so look around and enjoy what you see and feel. Is it different for you?
#2. Lack of rest prevents the body from healing and rejuvenating. It ages you! It prevents you from being all that you can be. Adequate rest gives you more mental and physical control and energy. So go to bed earlier. (Thank God for TiVo and DVR recording!)
Rest powers and oxygenates your mind, your metabolism, and will power!

#3. Poor nutrition and poor diet choices usually accompany overworking and overstressing. “I have no time to prepare healthy foods, so I just grab something along the way.” Not! Fast food is full of fat, sodium and chemicals that worsen how you already feel. Make time for meal planning. You are that important! Please don’t give upon good nutrition over the holidays…modify but don’t disregard all the work you have put into it so far. (you will be grateful in January)!

Call for an acupuncture appointment to help you through these busy days or
request an herbal consult (coast to coast via phone or SKYPE).
Many patients do have more time off from work so the have time to be busy with their families…great, but make a call and take care of yourself so you can better take care of others! Remember, you deserve it!
Happy holidays!
Kathie Albertson
"It's all about educating and helping our patients live better!"

Author's Bio: 

Gentle and caring practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine for 15 years.
PhD, Holistic Nutrition
Author of "Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for Women's health: Bridging the Gap Bewteen Western adn Eastern Medicine."

"It's all about educating and helping our patients live better."