Hibernation and Winter Wellness

Have you been hit with flu like symptoms this month?  Do you feel like you are being forced to slow it right down?  Do you feel like sleeping MOST of the time? This could be natures way of showing you that February is the month of hibernation.

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I’ve had no energy, I felt completely lethargic and I had no appetite to eat anything nourishing or tasty.  I just wanted to sleep.   I’ve experienced this horrid cold that seems to be doing the rounds and I felt truly awful and down in the dumps.  Until I realised that this is probably what I needed at the moment.  This is a time for me to stop and let everything around me stop.  It felt like I was walking through thick mud each time I tried to be proactive and push myself into work or anything active.

So instead, I ate lots of marmite on toast…because that’s what I was craving!  I took several slow and short walks by the sea.  I had no desire or energy to go pounding up the hilly South Downs.

I also booked in for my Reflexology session where I experienced my feeling of restorative wellbeing.  This is what I need at this time of hibernation.  Even though I still feel the need to keep things slow, my lethargy has lifted and I feel brighter within myself.

After having Reflexology, I feel clearer in my mind and I think about what other simple self care rituals I can do for myself.   I take a bath with Geranium and Orange foam oil.  I read, I listen to pod casts, I lie back and visualise how I want things to be when my energy does return.  I make a tasty curry,  I spend time huddled next to my kids and tell them that I love them.  These are all small things but they go a long way to helping me feel well and clear the way for spring.  I feel more alive and able to get things done.

St. Valentines Day, not only a day to remind us to show love to each other, but to remind us to show love to ourselves.  Self care is as important as the care that we show to others.

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I feel that St. Valentines Day is perfectly placed in what I think is the harshest month of the year.  Even though the days are getting brighter, we are still in the depths of winter and the weather can certainly show its darker stormy side.  It’s a day to brighten up an otherwise dark month.  The origins of St. Valentines day are from the Romans.  They had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February – officially the start of their springtime.

So if you are feeling low and lethargic during this slow time of year, look to the small things that make you feel happy and well.

Book yourself in for a Reflexology treatment, to help improve your wellbeing, you will feel brighter and lighter.  Make Reflexology part of your self care routine.

To book your Reflexology session call Jane on 07734 695 964, email jane@calmtherapy.co.uk or visit www.calmtherapy.co.uk

Beating The January Blues – Try Something New And Bring Balance Back To Your Life With Reflexology

Have you made any New Year resolutions? And if you have, how are they going? The onset of a New Year is often a time to reflect on the previous year and to look back at both the good and the bad times. It’s also a time to look to the future and many people make resolutions based on things that they would like to change about their lives. However, January for many people can be a difficult time as the fun, partying and perhaps excesses of the festivities are over and it’s time to get back to work and life’s routine.

It’s Normal To Feel A Little Blue

Calm Therapy, based in Eastbourne looks at ways to lift your mood. Christmas and New Year are buzzy vibrant times with often lots going on and lots of friends and family around, so it’s quite natural for your mood to dip as winter drags on and spring seems an incredibly long way away. The best thing is to actually accept that these January blues are normal and lots of people are feeling like you do. It really is the body’s natural response to the cold and darker months of winter, so it’s important that when there is daylight, you make the most of it. If you are working, make sure you take a lunch break and go outside if possible and take in the fresh air.

Things To Do To Beat Those January Blues

  • Get as much daylight as possible
  • Exercise regularly
  • Take up a hobby/do something new
  • Connect with people
  • Eat healthily
  • Take time out for you
  • Create a work/life balance

Regular Exercise And A Healthy Diet

Exercising regularly is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing and to adjust your mood. This doesn’t actually mean going to the gym or running miles, as a brisk walk will work wonders. Consider your diet carefully as your mood will certainly improve by eating fruit, vegetables, pulses, fish and nuts and it’s a good idea to avoid junk food and foods that contain too much sugar.

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Try Reflexology

Reflexology is a non-invasive treatment to promote better health and wellbeing and it is completely tailored to your requirements. It helps to restore the natural balance to your body and is about your diet and digestion, skincare, and anxiety or stress levels. Most people find it a way to relax and a way to help deal with the stresses and strains of everyday life. Reflexology really is a great way of making time for you, and for beating the January blues and clearing the mind.

Remember Spring Is Just Around The Corner!

What To Do Next

If you would like to try reflexology, call Jane at Calm Therapy on 07734 695964 to book an assessment session and consultation where Jane will look at elements of your life including exercise, nutrition and your lifestyle. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and talk through any issues so that an assessment can be made. A bespoke treatment plan aimed at supporting you and your unique requirements can then be set up. Call now and for more information, check out Calm Therapy on www.calmtherapy.co.uk