5 Self-Love Rituals in Under 5 Minutes: Quick Traditional Chinese Medicine Practices for Daily Wellness

Essential Takeaways:
  • It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself, so we’ve put together 5 self-love tips that take less than 5 minutes so you can always have enough time to prioritize your own well-being.
     
  • From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) POV self-care helps keep your Qi circulating smoothly and recharges your Yin energy, two things you need to feel your best every day of your cycle.
     
  • Taking Chinese herbs, like Elix’s Cycle Balance, is one way to show yourself love, as these herbs help you stay balanced every day of the month.

With the complexities of modern life, it's easy to forget about the importance of taking a moment for yourself. But you deserve to treat yourself daily to self-care rituals that help refresh and recharge your body and soul. Your daily self-care routines will help you feel your best everyday, and can happen in less than 5 minutes!

Self-Care and Chinese Medicine

Self-care from a TCM POV is all about keeping Qi circulating smoothly and nourishing Yin energy.

Qi is the vital energy, the life force, that keeps you alive and your well being depends on its smooth flow throughout the body. Many things can impact the flow of Qi in the body - poor nutrition, lack of movement, stress, emotional upset, and the environment.

Yin energy is one of the two primary types of energy (Yang being the other). It is the cooling, restful, grounding, nourishing energy - it’s the type of energy that is replenished with self-care rituals.

Self-care routines are one way you can keep your Qi circulating smoothly and recharge your batteries by nurturing Yin energy.

Quick Self-Care Tips

Let's redefine self-love by turning to the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine. With rituals that can be done in five minutes or less, Elix invites you to love and nourish yourself, embracing effortless wellness routines for emotional and physical wellness.

Here are 5 tips to help you recharge your batteries, which only take 5 minutes or less! (And if you want some help making these tips a part of your daily routine, check out this blog about creating and maintaining new habits.)

5 Daily Self-Care Routines

1. Embrace Gentle Movement With Qigong and Tai Chi
Movement is key, but it doesn’t have to be strenuous to have big effects. Qigong and Tai Chi, rooted in TCM, are perfect for those seeking low-impact, stress-free self-care practices. These gentle exercises improve Qi and Blood circulation and help reduce stress. Dedicate a few minutes each morning to these practices for a serene start to your day. Check out this quick Qi Gong spinal twist that you can do anytime you need a quick pick me up.

2. Prioritize Sleep by Establishing a Short Bedtime Ritual 
Ensuring 7-9 hours of sleep nightly nourishes your Yin energy, crucial for hormonal balance and a healthy menstrual cycle. Establish a quick, relaxing bedtime routine to signal your body it's time to wind down, like self massage, facial gua sha with a calming herbal oil, a gratitude journal, or a soothing cup of tea. Whatever suits your fancy, make a screen-free bedtime ritual an essential evening self-love practice. (Check out more sleep hygiene tips here!)

3. Take a Breath of Fresh Air 
Breathing is something that most of us don’t think about, but your breath plays a big role in your wellness. Find a time in your day where you can commit to one minute of deep breathing exercises. Inhaling through the nose, into the belly and exhaling longer than inhaling can help your body calm down, circulate Qi, and connect to your Yin energy.

4. Acupressure for Stress Relief 
There are many acupressure points that can help calm your mind and help to bring more focus. If you’re feeling stressed or need help winding down, try  massaging acupressure point Yin Tang while concentrating on your breath for one minute.

5. Herbal Medicine for Qi and Blood Flow
Chinese herbs have been used for thousands of years to help keep your Qi flowing smoothly and nourish your Yin energy. There’s no better way to care for yourself than with an herbal formula that supports you where you need it most. With Elix's free Online Health Assessment, discover the herbs that match your body's needs in just minutes. This personalized approach ensures your self-care routine is as unique as you are.

Daily Self-Love Rituals

Ready to deeply nourish your body and embrace self-love with Traditional Chinese Medicine? Take our free Online Health Assessment today to discover which herbs are best suited to your unique needs and support your self-love journey.

Start your self-love ritual now, with Cycle Balance

Sources

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This article was reviewed by Dr. Liem Le.

Dr. Liem Le is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Functional Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritionist Integrative Medicine Department at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. He is a part of the teaching staff for the Masters program for the Functional Medicine and Human Nutrition program at University of Western States. Dr. Le is currently working on his fellowship in Integrative Medicine with the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine via a scholarship from the White House to complete the initiative.

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