No matter how much sleep you get, you always wake up tired.
Even though you’re in great shape—you hit a workout every day—it feels like you’re not seeing results and your muscles always feel achy and weak. And for some reason, little things keep bothering you and throwing off your mood; you can’t explain it, but you’re on edge and more impatient than normal.
Sound familiar? You’re not alone.
While you could blame fatigue, mood swings, and a sluggish metabolism on anything from stress to lack of sleep to PMS, the cause might actually be something more broad—it could be an imbalance in your Chi energy.
“Chi energy is a term that comes from Traditional Chinese medicine,” explains Rachel Hughes of New World Natives. “It is known as your life force energy.”
Also called ki, qi, or prana (what’s up, yogis!), chi circulates through the body and runs through different channels or meridians in your system. These meridians are designated in Chinese medicine, and many healing techniques like acupuncture, massage, and reflexology are meant to clear and improve the body’s meridians. Hughes says, “It is important that these channels are free from blockages to maintain pain-free, optimal health.”
Think your chi is out of whack? Here’s how tell if you’re unbalanced, plus how to get your energy back and your body realigned.
“Chi is made up of interconnected fields of energy that are extremely sensitive and can easily become unbalanced by all kinds of negative physical, emotional and mental situations,” says Hughes.
Anything from the food you eat to poor posture can mess with your chi—but other emotional experiences like negative thinking, tension, stress, and anxiety can also affect it. Sadly, these triggers are pretty typical in everyday life, so it’s relatively easy for your chi to fall out of alignment.
You’ll know your chi is off, admits Hughes. “Low vibrational Chi or blockages can manifest in the physical realm in the following ways: headache, muscle aches, indigestion or subtle structural misalignment.”
Daily practices that return you to a higher vibration and help clear these tiny blockages can prevent your lifeforce from really becoming stagnant and sluggish.
According to Hughes, spring is the perfect time to get your chi back on track if you’ve been feeling sluggish and fatigued. “As the season hits the equinox, our days are getting longer and warmer as we transition out of winter and into spring. Our bodies are naturally preparing themselves for the change in season, our bodies have higher energy levels for pushing out toxins from our cells. We are naturally more active, naturally eating lighter foods and our bodies are designed to shed what has been accumulated over the winter.”
Hughes recommends eating, “High vibrational foods, such as bright and light fruit and veggies!” as well as noshing on ethically raised and farmed meats.
Meditation, proper breathing techniques, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, sound healing, massage, acupuncture, and physical exercise all help clear the meridians and energize your chi.
“Another way to chi positive yourself is to do this to the space you live and work in through the tradition of Feng Shui,” notes Hughes.
In LA? You’re in luck—New World Native is hosting a chi balancing, all-day event at The Springs. Here’s what to expect:
Feng Shui Master workshop – Dana Claudat is a designer & pyramid school feng shui master, she will be taking us through a workshop on ways you can refresh your home and the energies in your life. Dana will cover the basics of Feng Shui in her modern way, and then focus in on specific ideas you can use to amplify and renew the energy in your home for spring.
Get tickets here.