Category:Health and Wellbeing
During the winter months, when the sun sets earlier and the temperature drops day by day, wellness can look very different to what you are used to. It can be tempting to want to lie under a weighted blanket with a hot chocolate until spring, but there are many soothing and holistic ways to boost your physical and emotional wellbeing as the colder days arrive. Here are our top treatments and tips for winter wellness to keep you healthy and happy.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Health is more than just the absence of disease, and Chinese Medicine recognises this with its unique capacity to harmonise and enhance our capacity for enjoyment, fulfilment and happiness. Consisting of herbal therapy, acupuncture, dietary therapy, exercise or lifestyle management, CHM can assist you over the winter with a guided plan for health improvement, both mental and physical. Book an appointment with our herbal medicine practitioner, Daniel Scott.
Energy healing is a practice that has grown in popularity, with ever-increasing numbers of people choosing this approach for naturally relieving pain and rebalancing the body and mind. It can be particularly effective for clients who generally feel blue over the winter period, often known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
Scientific research studies show there is strong evidence to support forms of energy healing as a therapy to reduce depression, anxiety, and improve mood. Not only does it give the body and mind the opportunity to reset, helping to take the client back to who they were and how they felt before the winter blues took hold, but can act as a prevention for the blues taking hold in the first place.
We’ve written a comprehensive blog post specifically related to how forms of Energy Healing can help to fight the winter blues – have a read here.
Look after your skin
Winter can be rough on the skin. Are your usual moisturiser and lip balm just not cutting it? Does your skin tend to stay dry for most of the day, intensifying when you’re outside? These are natural reactions to the colder weather, and there are many reasons why your skin health may be out of sync.
Staying hydrated is key. Try to get your 2 litres in a day to boost your energy levels and support your digestive system and overall physical health. Try drinking warm water with a lemon slice, as this has been said to help ease stress, improve circulation and promote healthy sleep. Just make sure the water isn’t too hot to avoid scalding or burning yourself.
Use a rich, oil-based moisturiser like coconut oil. Unlike water-based lotions, this will help seal moisture into your skin after a shower or bath.
If you don’t have a humidifier, try placing a bowl of water near a heating vent or radiator, and add in a few drops of your favourite essential oils for a soothing, aromatherapeutic effect.
It can be very unappealing to exercise outside during the wintertime. However, indoor exercises like yoga or pilates can be done at classes or from the comfort of your home with online videos. All you need are comfortable clothes, a mat, and a safe surface to practice on.
Increased exercise helps to release endorphins that boost your mood during the time of winter blues – but it also improves your entire bodily function; from strengthening the muscles, keeping joints healthy, cognitive function and your overall immune system.
As we’ve covered, your body will experience changes in energy levels, mood and metabolism during the wintertime. Healthy and nutritious food can help – here’s a quick round-up of foods that are great for winter health.
- Root vegetables like beetroot, carrots and turnips can withstand the cold weather so are grown year-round; they are also rich in vitamins C and A.
- Porridge is much more than just a convenient breakfast – it also provides nutrients that are essential during winter; high in zinc (important for proper immune function) and soluble fibre. Pair with fruits like blueberries for those extra good antioxidants, which are also great for the skin!
- Oily fish and eggs are a great natural option for a source of vitamin D, providing a boost during the long winter months.
We offer nutritional therapy at Anahata. Nutritional Health practitioners use a wide range of tools to assess and identify nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining good health.
The session involves a consultation, a detailed analysis of your health concerns, relevant history, physical activity and your goals. The practitioner then evaluates your needs and develops a personalised, safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme.
This is a genuinely pleasant way of reducing the toxic load on our bodies, without supplements or tubes entering where the sun doesn’t shine. In recent years, we’ve come to realise that our environment, in a modern industrial country, is full of toxic dangers. From the mercury put in our mouths by well-meaning dentists to the lead in the solder used for our water pipes (applied by well-meaning plumbers), we are surrounded by toxins.
Infrared Saunas are a deeply cleansing way to increase blood circulation and relieve tensions in the body. Japanese research has found that Far Infrared Saunas have helped a huge variety of conditions including asthma, bronchitis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, cystitis, menopause, pain, post-surgical adhesions, endometriosis, muscle tension, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and many other conditions.
Bring yourself some sunshine during the winter and book a session at Anahata. Find out more about what Infrared Saunas involve here.
Ear Acupuncture Group sessions
At Anahata, we offer low-cost ear acupuncture group sessions fortnightly. For only £10, you will receive a balancing treatment that can help with depression, anxiety, anger, impaired concentration, decreased energy, and body aches/headaches. Once your stress levels have subsided, you will feel the immediate benefit to your immune system and general wellbeing, so you can expect to start seeing results after just a few treatments.
Each session is focused on the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol, which involves using up to five needles in each ear. This combination of ear acupuncture points has been shown to produce neurophysiologic, biochemical, endocrine, emotional, and cognitive effects.
Ear acupuncture can soothe you into the winter months by supporting stress and anxiety levels, weight loss/gain, mental peace and much more. Find out more and book your group acupuncture session with one of our acupuncturists, Patrizia Gaio, here.
We understand that this season can be tough on the mind, body and soul. We hope that these tips will allow you to integrate healing into your self-care and wellness routines and keep you healthy, energised throughout.
If you want to learn more about how to keep yourself healthy or tackle any issues you’re currently experiencing, give us a call on 01273 698687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’re happy to advise you in any way we can.