Look after yourself
WITH REBECCA WALKER, PRINCIPAL PRACTITIONER AT HEALTH WITHIN OSTEOPATHY, WESTMERE
“Whether you are on the muddy sidelines or flying down powdery slopes, an osteopath can help you to avoid winter ills and prevent injuries. Osteopaths bring the body back into balance, boosting immunity, increasing vitality and enhancing performance. We help the body to reach a relaxed, neutral state by balancing the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for involuntary functions such as the ‘fight or flight’ response. Our treatments guide the body through a therapeutic, self-healing process to balance the structure and function of the body’s tissues and fluids.”
“Changing your mindset can do more than distract you from the weather,” writes Laura Vanderkam on fastcompany.com. She points to Kari Leibowitz’s research on the mental health of the residents of Tromsø, Norway. The city experiences two months a year without sunlight, yet rates of seasonal depression are reasonably low. Instead of complaining about the weather, Tromsø’s residents appreciate the beauty of the low light and enjoy activities such as skiing and festivals. “People view winter as something to be enjoyed, not something to be endured,” says Leibowitz. We can try to adopt this mindset by focusing on the positive elements of the season, she says.