Updated: Mar 26
Regular life rhythm is important at any time, we all like a routine! But now it's even more important, at this time of need when so many of us are stuck at home – our discipline, scheduling and motivation can become disorientated and lost.
How to maintain a daily rhythm.
"Chinese Medicine’s 24 hour body clock is divided into 12 two-hour intervals of the Qi moving through the organ system. As a practitioner you can use this Organ Body Clock to help you determine the organ(s) responsible for your imbalance. For example, if you find yourself waking up between the hours of 3-5am each morning, you may have underlying grief or sadness that is bothering you or you may have a condition in the lung area. If feelings of anger or resentment arise, you may feel them strongest during the time of the Liver which is 1-3am, or perhaps if you experience back pain at the end of your working day, you could have pent up emotions of fear, or perhaps even Kidney issues.
The Organ Body Clock is built upon the concept of the cyclical ebb and flow of energy throughout the body. During a 24-hour period Qi moves in two-hour intervals through the organ systems. During sleep, Qi draws inward to restore the body. This phase is completed between 1 and 3 am, when the liver cleanses the blood and performs a myriad of functions that set the stage for Qi moving outward again. In the 12-hour period following the peak functioning of the liver – from 3 a.m. onward – energy cycles to the organs associated with daily activity, digestion and elimination: the lungs, large intestine, stomach/pancreas, heart, small intestine. By mid-afternoon, energy again moves inward to support internal organs associated with restoring and maintaining the system. The purpose is to move fluids and heat, as well as to filter and cleanse – by the pericardium, triple burner (which coordinates water functions and temperature), bladder/kidneys and the liver.
5am to 7am is the time of the Large Intestine making it a perfect time to have a bowel movement and remove toxins from the day before. It is also the ideal time to wash your body and comb your hair. It is believed that combing your hair helps to clear out energy from the mind. If you have no hair use your fingertips to comb your scalp. At this time, emotions of defensiveness or feelings of being stuck could be evoked.
7am to 9am is the time of the Stomach so it is important to eat the biggest meal of the day here to optimise digestion and absorption. Warm meals that are high in nutrition are best in the morning. Emotions that are likely to be stirred at this time include disgust or despair.
9am to 11am is the time of the Spleen, where enzymes are released to help digest food and release energy for the day ahead. This is the ideal time to exercise and work. Do your most taxing tasks of the day at this time. Emotions such as low self-esteem may be felt at this time.
11am to 1pm is the time of the Heart which will work to pump nutrients around the body to help provide you with energy and nutrition. This is also a good time to eat lunch and it is recommended to have a light, cooked meal. Feelings of extreme joy or sadness can also be experienced at this time.
1pm to 3pm is the time of the Small Intestine and is when the food eaten earlier will complete its digestion and assimilation. This is also a good time to go about daily tasks or exercise. Sometimes, vulnerable thoughts or feelings of abandonment may arise at this time.
3pm to 5pm is the time of the Bladder when metabolic wastes move into the kidney’s filtration system. This is the perfect time to study or complete brain-challenging work. A cup of tea is advised, as is drinking a lot of water to help aid detoxification processes. Feeling irritated or timid may also occur at this time.
5pm to 7pm is the time of the Kidneys when the blood is filtered and the kidneys work to maintain proper chemical balance. This is the perfect time to have dinner and to activate your circulation either by walking, and practising your Qigong. Subconscious thoughts of fear can also be active at this time.
7pm to 9pm is the time of the Pericardium when nutrients are carried to the capillaries and to each cell. This is the perfect time to read. Avoid doing mental activities at this time. A difficulty in expressing emotions may also be felt. However, this is the perfect time to have intercourse or conceive.
9pm to 11pm is the time of Triple Heater or endocrine system where the body’s homeostasis is adjusted and enzymes are replenished. It is recommended to sleep at this time so the body can conserve energy for the following day. Feelings of paranoia or confusion may also be felt.
11pm to 1am is the time of the Gallbladder and in order to wake feeling energised the body should be at rest. In TCM, this is an important period of time is when yin energy fades and yang energy begins to grow. Yang energy helps you to keep active during the day and is stored when you are asleep. Subconscious feelings of resentment may appear during this time.
1am to 3am is the time of the Liver and a time when the body should be asleep. During this time, toxins are released from the body and fresh new blood is made. If you find yourself waking during this time, you could have problems with your liver or detoxification pathways. This is also the time of anger, frustration and rage.
3am to 5am is the time of the Lungs and again, this is the time where the body should be asleep. If woken at this time, nerve soothing exercises are recommended such as breathing exercises. The body should be kept warm at this time too to help the lungs replenish the body with oxygen. The lungs are also associated with feelings of grief and sadness.
Understanding that every organ has a repair/maintenance schedule to keep on a daily basis allows you to connect with your inner doctor and the opportunity to learn how to treat yourself for improved health and wellbeing. It also allows you to identify exactly which IQ Meridian to work with. Always use your symptoms and body cues as a guide, identifying a connection with an organ doesn’t mean a terrible illness is imminent. Reflect, connect and work with your movement to encourage flow.
Make sure to look at the emotional aspect too. If you’re sleepy during kidney time, do you have any fears holding you back from reaching your true potential? Are you afraid of rejection? Failure? Addressing this emotion will strengthen the organ and improve your physical health. With the transferable knowledge of TCM you can use the clock for any time of day."
Excerpt from MOVE LIFE BETTER (pages 26/27/28) by Deniz Paradot**
A quick overview and daily routine to follow.
5am - 7am –
Get up | Let go of the old and 'comb your scalp'* | Drink a cup of hot water
7am - 9am –
Do some 'body tapping' and 'have a shake'* | Eat a healthy, warm and grounding breakfast
9am - 11am –
Do your most important, least enjoyable work/tasks of the day | Join the FREE Live Online Qigong Class* at 10am
11am - 1pm –
Eat lunch | Inspire and do something for others (it doesn't matter how small)
1pm - 3pm –
Slow down and do 20 minutes of 'Qigong breathing' practice'* | Read a book | Rest and digest
3pm - 5pm –
Pick yourself up (back straight) | Finish the work/tasks of the day on a high note | Have a small slightly salty snack | No more caffeine after this time
5pm - 7pm –
Switch off | Reflect on the day | Laugh as much as you can with others | Eat dinner | Do 20 minutes of 'Qigong practice'* | Go for a walk
7pm - 9pm –
Get in touch with others through social media, a phone call, text, face time | Sit back and relax
9pm - 11pm –
Wind down | Hydrate with a cup of hot water or Camomile tea | Go to sleep
Drink hot water throughout the day. Click here to read more on the Benefits of Drinking Hot Water.
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* These practices and techniques are all available in the catch-up videos and taught in the Live Online Qigong Classes. They are completely FREE and ANYONE can join.
** MOVE LIFE BETTER is Deniz's forthcoming book. An illustrated and practical guide to empower people to live healthy and active lives, through intelligent movement.