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Real information to understand and deal with stress
2 March 2014
For years I woke up at the same time almost every night with tensions in my legs. Then came the negative thoughts and the stress (mostly about work) and before I knew it I was lying awake for two hours in a row with the tensions keeping me awake. I tried many things of which some (applying magnesium om my skin, acupuncture) did make some difference. I also went to a world-famous anti-aging doctor and started taking bio-identical hormones: But still I kept waking up most nights between 3 and 5 AM with difficulties to fall asleep again and while the tensions were less they were still often there. Sometimes I did manage to fall asleep before 6, but more often, on weekend days, I could not sleep until 7 am, after which I could sleep fine. Something that also made me wonder: "How come these tensions just always disappear at the same time?" Very strange.
The lack of sleep did affect my work day and, because of not being well rested, my stress-related problems where aggravated (I had a burn-out in the past).
This book very clearly explained exactly what my problem was: "Lung Qi stagnation". The Chinese Clock (appendix 5) left no doubt: from 3 am to 5 am is 'lung time'. And from 5 till 7 am the time of the related organ: the large intestine (second part of the metal phase). The author explained exactly what I was dealing with and came with many ways to 'cure' the problem. I have taken a few serious, particularly more physical exercise and breathing exercises, and for the first time in 6 years I sleep well most nights.
What I love about the book is that it clearly explains the causes of the problems and simple ways to deal with it. It does take some effort to really figure out what the main problem is (I also have some liver qi stagnation) but many recommendations are the same for different types of qi stagnation.
For me this book is absolutely priceless. And a nice side effect: I am now making regular physical exercise a priority in my life no matter how busy I am with work. Nice to know: the book has many other suggestions too for those that are not that much into sports.
Highly recommended for anyone suffering from stress-related problems!