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Homeopathic e-Newsletter December 2013
Seasonal Joys and Stresses:
- Winter Blues and SAD
- Christmas ailments
Winter Blues and SAD
Does winter and the holiday season bring you joyful anticipation or dread or both? The idea of a white Christmas, blue skies and snow covered hills may be very appealing, but the reality of another grey, cold and damp Welsh winter may not hold quite so much appeal. For some, Christmas time brings additional stresses: Planning and organising the festive gatherings; anticipating the emotional stresses of difficult family get-togethers; reminders of Christmases gone past and the grief they brought… And this may well be topped with a bit of SAD, to make you feel emotionally and/or physically less strong and capable to deal with even minor upsets in day-to-day life.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and its little brother “Winter Blues”, are common in the UK. The NHS estimates 2 million Britons to be affected by SAD alone (over 3% of the population). (1) Studies in North Wales and Scotland show an incidence of 2.4% and 3.5% respectively of definite diagnosis of SAD whilst pointing out that the majority of cases may well be undiagnosed. (2)
Antidepressants are commonly prescribed for SAD sufferers. However, some lifestyle changes can improve your mood already:
- Physical activity, especially outdoors (yes: to get the light!), is good for everybody, but apparently even more so for people suffering from depression and/or SAD. Why not join the Ramblers?!
- Get out as much as you can in daylight hours, especially when there is a bit of sunshine. However, do not wear sunglasses if you can avoid it, as they stop the light entering your eyes and therefore making a change in the brain!
- Open the curtains as much as you can and sit by the window if possible. Remember, this is about getting more exposure to sunlight, little as there may be.
- Light therapy with so-called light boxes can be beneficial too. I would suggest you do some research yourself as well as discussing this with your GP.
- Watch your diet: You may be craving sugary and starchy foods but why not try some fresh fruit instead. It is important to include loads of fresh, raw vegetables into your daily diet to benefit from their vitamins and minerals at a time when your body is a bit run down.
Whilst these common sense measures are pretty essential, it may take a lot of willpower and determination to put these into practice if you are feeling low already, at which point it is all the more important to take action!
I wish I could say, “take the homeopathic remedy XYZ and you will feel wonderful.”
However, I can say that many people who consult with me for feeling emotionally low and/or lacking physical energy report with increased energy and a better sense of well-being after an individualised, holistically prescribed remedy.
Don’t wait for New Year to make the resolution to look better after yourself! How about an early Christmas present to yourself with the potential promise of feeling more at ease over the holiday season?
If you are one of the lucky ones who doesn’t take an emotional nose dive over the winter, you may well still be suffering from some Christmas-induced ailments (usually caused by overindulgence).
Here are just a few remedies which might help you through the downside of the festive period:
Known by some patients as “the hangover” remedy, Nux vomica can also be used for the general symptoms of digestive over-indulgence. Symptoms include nausea, headache, sensitivity to noise and light and irritability. Particularly suits people who tend to burn the candle at both ends, keep going with coffee and feel the cold.
May help with the symptoms of food poisoning, with vomiting and diarrhoea, a deathly pallor and anxiety. Could also be used when the diarrhoea is anxiety-induced, worse at night with burning in the stomach and a desire to sip water. It suits restless people who are fearful worriers, need to plan and feel the cold.
Symptoms include offensive diarrhoea which drives the patient from bed in the morning, excessive sweating, and burning feet. Suits stubborn people who need praise, worry about their health, can be peevish with lots of big ideas they find difficult to actualise. They crave sugar and spicy food.
Symptoms include bloating with wind, a huge appetite, and waking as if from a fright. There is heartburn with sour burping. Suits fearful people lacking in confidence but can be bragging and assertive at home. Doesn’t like undertaking new things.
The heartburn remedy Number 1. There is burning and belching, possibly nausea and vomiting. Stomach pain feels almost like an ulceration. There is restlessness and desire for fresh air, as well as for sweets, though these aggravate the symptoms. Fears are common – they may think they have a heart attack!
Don’t forget this great remedy to help with bruising and that “battered” feeling you get after Christmas shopping or bargain hunting in the January sales!
Disclaimer: Nothing contained in this e-Newsletter should be taken as individual medical advice or as a substitute for consulting a professional homeopath or healthcare practitioner.
Wishing you all a comfortable and enjoyable season!
With warmest wishes