Dark, Cold, Winter, Blue
It’s obvious by a recent string of cancelations and re-scheduling that it is fully the sick time of year. Many patients are getting sick as well as some of our staff. The purpose of this article is to help with perspectives on this time of year. Have you ever begun to feel sick and thought to yourself, “I better not get sick, I don’t have time for this,” or “I didn’t put this sore throat, runny nose and cough into my calendar, GO AWAY.”
If you’ve ever had those experiences read on. There’s a dual-energy pattern which emerges this time of year. At one end of the spectrum, the season of winter is when the trees are barren, long ago dropping their leaves and sending their vital energy down into the roots. We tend to desire our thick socks, warm beverages, crock pots filled with stew and a warm crackling fire to sit by and read our favorite book.
The other end of the spectrum is quite opposite and it has a pulling feeling instead of a natural unfolding. It’s called, “the Holidays.” Everything in life, the hustle and bustle begins around Halloween and seems to ramp up for Thanksgiving, reaching a fever pitch on New Year’s eve, causing some people to run out of their homes yelling and banging on pots and pans.
This behavior while tolerated and somewhat encouraged may not be totally healthy or balanced. Can we have the two? The best of both worlds would be the calm, quiet and reflective moments of a cold winter morning, AND the supportive community of celebration and connection with family, friends, coworkers and even those friendly strangers.
Let’s not forget that, we do not have to dive head first into the madness of the holiday season. Focus on whatever parts you enjoy most and really do your best to do it your way and not anybody else’s. By all means, if you want to run out of your house yelling at the top of your lungs wailing away on a pot or pan, do it. It’s all good.
Remember, if you do begin to get sick come in to the clinic and we can help you get better. It’s pretty easy. Beyond that, you can schedule an appointment to get that all too infrequent pause and calm of a relaxing acupuncture treatment. You do not have to be pulled or pushed by the Holidays. You can remain in the center and balance of the winter.
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