The end of the year is also a wonderful time to reflect on the previous 12 months - the lessons, the gifts, and the journey. If I were to summarize what I've seen this year, it's been the impact of years of stress stacking up leading to amplified sleep disruption, blood sugar imbalance, pain, anxiety, as well as digestive and perimenopausal symptoms. In many cases, old symptoms have returned, because this is the point of vulnerability in the body (if things are out of balance, this is where they show up for you). Other times, it's been old health habits no longer cutting it, or new challenges altogether. It's all connected.
I think of it like a teeter totter. You may have have a life that was balanced, and you were able to move with the flow of ups and downs, always landing at a steady state. Then a weight of emotions & responsibilities and a sack of sugar (sweets, chips, and alcohol) were placed on one end, perhaps a screw was removed from the seat, and the mechanism needs greasing. There is no longer balance, it's a screechy and bumpy experience. Or to maintain the ride, you have to build some serious leg muscle, get out the screwdriver, and add oil to stop the squeaking. It takes daily effort to keep it going, and it's not like how it used to be.
Luckily, you are someone that pays attention to the nuances of your body, and is genuinely interested in building a lifestyle that supports your health.
The biggest difference makers for people this year have been:
- paying attention to sleep
- balancing blood sugar
- eating protein with every meal
- having an afternoon snack
- meditation & mindfulness
- apps like: Headspace, Calm, Insight Timer, Serenity
- walking, especially outside
- adrenal gland support
- herbs like ashwagandha, rhodiola, ginseng, withania
- nutrients like magnesium, B vitamins, Vitamin C
- testing and taking vitamin D, when indicated
- acupuncture (by me, or chiropractic adjustments) for the nervous system
The holidays are a time when it's common to get derailed, so I suggest finding a nice balance between rest and celebration. Enjoy your favourite meal, but reduce recovery time with digestive enzymes and probiotics and liver support. Put some of the chocolate in the freezer so it's not as accessible. Or make some events potluck so that you can ensure you have something to eat that suits your needs. Here's a previous post I did on this topic: Healthy Holiday Recipes and Allergy Friendly Tips.Once you've completed your review of 2022, you may be thinking about what's next. January is a wonderful time to gain insights into your health and create new goals for the year. If you haven't had bloodwork in awhile (for some of you it's been 3 or more years!), or you would like to understand your reports, I'd be happy to order or review them with you.
A friend said to me the other day that she is trying to hang onto the magic of the season as long as she possibly can. The sparkles, hugs, snowflakes, and fires all lend to the beauty of this time of year.
Wishing you a peaceful and joyous season,