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Three Things - How To Holistically Heal - Seasonal Stuckness + Autumn Reset + Angry Liver

Three Things - How To Holistically Heal - Seasonal Stuckness + Autumn Reset + Angry Liver

Each week, I will share three things on how to heal holistically. Drawing from my 28 years of experience as a practicing Naturopath, as well as what I am currently working on, exploring, and curious about. Make a pot of tea and give yourself the time and care you deserve.

  1. HEALING: Considerations for when you are experiencing XYZ.
  2. REVERENCE: A deep respect & attention to the things that truly impact healing.
  3. EXPLORING: A journey into the deeper work, meeting the parts, wounds, and survival strategies that keep us small, stuck, and suffering with persistent symptoms & feelings.

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1. HEALING: When you feel stuck & stagnate, consider this...

Seasonal stuckness refers to a feeling of being stagnant or stuck during a particular season, often in the transition between seasons. This feeling can manifest in various ways, such as decreased motivation, low energy levels, mood changes, or even physical symptoms like headaches or allergies.

Flowing with the changes of the seasons is essential for health because it allows us to align ourselves with the natural rhythms of the environment. Our bodies and minds are intimately connected with the cycles of nature, and when we ignore or resist these rhythms, we can experience a sense of disconnection or imbalance.

For example, during the winter months, the days are shorter, and the weather is colder, which can naturally slow us down and encourage us to rest more. However, if we try to maintain the same level of activity and productivity as we do during the summer months, we may experience feelings of fatigue, burnout, or even depression.

Similarly, during the spring and autumn transitions, the changes in temperature, light, and weather can disrupt our body's internal balance, leading to seasonal allergies, colds, or flu. However, by taking steps to support our health and adjust our lifestyle habits, we can minimise the impact of these seasonal changes and maintain our health and well-being.

Some ways to flow with the changes of the seasons and support our health include:

  1. Adjusting our diet to incorporate seasonal foods that are fresh and locally available. For example, eating warming soups and stews in the winter or incorporating more leafy greens in the spring.
  2. Engaging in seasonal activities that align with the natural rhythms of the environment. For example, practicing grounding and introspective activities like meditation or yoga during the winter, or enjoying outdoor activities like hiking or gardening during the spring.
  3. Creating a daily routine that honours the changes in energy and mood that occur during different seasons. For example, adjusting our sleep schedule to account for shorter or longer days, or modifying our exercise routine to accommodate changes in weather or temperature.

By flowing with the changes of the seasons, we can support our physical, emotional, and spiritual health and maintain a sense of balance and harmony with the natural world.

 

2. REVERENCE: The season of Autumn

Autumn, a season of transformation, invites us to restore and renew our bodies and minds. As we bid farewell to the excesses of Summer, we seek balance and consolidation of our energy to prepare for the colder months ahead. With each season comes the opportunity to reset our health and identify the contributing factors and underlying causes of our ailments.

A seasonal reset is not just for those with an illness. It can be used to reconnect with your natural and seasonal rhythm, rejoin and flow with the change in weather, environment, length of days and embrace seasonal produce as well as return to the foods that we’ve evolved to eat. 

  • Cut back on processed foods and switch to properly sourced, well-prepared seasonal whole foods with the help of a seasonal produce shopping list.
  • Add new seasonal recipes to your repertoire.
  • Incorporate seasonal self-care and lifestyle rituals.
  • Establishing mindful morning, end-of-workday, and night rituals.
  • Eliminate addictive substances such as caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.
  • Identify and remove sources of toxic chemicals in your diet, personal care & cleaning products.
  • Improve the functioning of your detoxification organs, including the liver, spleen, lungs, kidneys, skin, lymphatic system, and bowels.
  • Focus on specific body organs and systems and tasks for the season.
  • Reset your gut microbiome and digestive processes.
  • Regulate your nervous system for enhanced healing and reduced stress.
  • Adopt a holistic approach to self-care and healthcare.
  • Increase your health knowledge and learn how to care for yourself and your loved ones.
  • Strengthen your body's ability to heal and promote balance to reduce the risk of future illnesses.
  • Honouring how you feel and the symptoms you experience with attention, kindness & care.
  • Making time for rest, replenishment, reading, & reflection.
  • Meet all the parts that are required for holistic healing.

Let us embrace Autumn, the season of restoration and renewal, tapping into the innate wisdom of our bodies to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

 

3. EXPLORING: When you feel angry, consider this...

Liver imbalances are often associated with anger in traditional Eastern medicine, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to TCM, the liver is responsible for regulating the flow of Qi (life force energy) throughout the body, and when the liver is not functioning properly, it can result in a buildup of stagnant energy that can manifest as anger.

In TCM, anger is seen as a natural emotion that can be expressed in a healthy way, but when anger is suppressed or unexpressed, it can become a pathological emotion that harms the body and mind. 

In Eastern cultures, liver imbalances and anger can be expressed in a variety of ways, including:

  1. Physical symptoms: When the liver is imbalanced, it can cause physical symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, high blood pressure, and digestive issues.

  2. Emotional outbursts: Individuals with liver imbalances may experience sudden outbursts of anger or frustration, sometimes without an obvious trigger.

  3. Passive-aggressive behavior: Some people with liver imbalances may express their anger in a passive-aggressive manner, such as through sarcasm or subtle criticism.

  4. Depression: In some cases, suppressed anger can lead to depression and a feeling of hopelessness.

  5. Addictive behaviours: Liver imbalances can also lead to addictive behaviours such as overeating, alcohol or drug abuse, or other compulsive behaviours that provide temporary relief from the emotional pain caused by suppressed anger.

In Eastern cultures, the treatment of liver imbalances and anger often involves lifestyle changes such as dietary adjustments, stress reduction techniques like meditation or acupuncture, and exercise. It's also important to express emotions in a healthy way, whether that means talking to a trusted friend or seeking therapy.

Overall, liver imbalances and the associated expression of anger is a complex issue that requires a holistic approach to address.

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An evolving definition of the word holistic... 

#4 Holistic healing improves your health literacy, enhances your ability to make informed decisions about your health, and leads to better health outcomes. It also increases your confidence in managing your own health and well-being, including communicating effectively with healthcare providers, understanding treatment options, and making informed decisions about your own health. This leads to greater self-efficacy and self-empowerment.

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Holistically yours,

Anthia

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