Seasonal Health

Therapist of the Month – February 2022
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The change in seasons and weather in the UK can have an effect on own health. Seasonal change can affect our moods and have been recognised as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It relates to the change in daylight, energy and weather. When the weather gets colder and darker, this can have a detrimental effect on a persons mood and even cause some to feel depressed, negative moods, irritability as well as affect behaviour causing the host to sleep more, gain weight from eating more and be less sociable.

Adapting from sunlight to darker days, especially darker mornings can take longer for some than others and it helps to be able to understand moods so that positive coping strategies can be put into place and become part of own lifestyle. The changes in seasons remind us that life is about planning, preparing and adapting as necessary, which is not just about surviving but about living.

The crossover from spring to summer tends to be less harsh because the heat and sunshine actually uplifts the mood and inspires most to want to go out, be more sociable, connect to nature and do more exercise like walking, cycling and outdoor sports like football, rugby or cricket. Autumn is a season that eases from summer to winter and tends to gradually get colder and darker earlier. Trees and plants tend to shed their leaves or bloom and change colour so this is an indicator that gives a clue to prepare for winter. Knowing your self and needs are important so that own health can be empowered.

It is not only the mind that can be affected by the change in seasons but the body as well. As the weather gets colder, blood circulation may slow down and the immune system is more vulnerable to viruses and infection. Health issues in the winter may include colds, flu, coronavirus, painful joints, cold sores, cold hands and feet, sinus infections, dry skin and asthma. There are a number of other factors that intensify health issues in the winter and make health vulnerable. These include older age, underlying health issues, lifestyle, stress, poor diet and lack of exercise. The increase of pollen in the summer can cause asthma attack or hay fever. Other issues may include dehydration, insect bites, dermatological conditions like eczema or heat stroke. Food poisoning is also a threat when food is not stored appropriately, for example, food left out in the sun will rot a lot quicker.

The next issue will look at Seasonal Foods that grow naturally and which plants grow during which seasons and their medicinal properties.

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