According to traditional Chinese medicine, maintaining your body’s vital energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”), will ward off low energy and sickness. Here’s how.
- Eat organic. Pesticides burden the liver and stagnate qi. Also avoid sugar, which has a similar effect.
- Work out. Exercise is the best way to get your qi flowing. Practicing tai chi and qigong — even for just five or ten minutes — stimulates body, mind, and breath. Although any kind of exercise will do, don’t exhaust yourself. Pushing past your limits may deplete your qi.
- Strive for emotional balance. Keeping emotions bottled up stagnates the qi, while expressing them frees it. Talk with friends, write in a journal, and pause for a few deep, tension-relieving breaths whenever you feel rushed or scattered. And reduce anxiety-causing negativity by recognizing at least one thing you’re grateful for every day.