Look after yourself

Nadia - - WELL-THY WINTER -

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.”

Mind­set mat­ters

“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.

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