It’s always at this point in the year – as we get near to the end of February – that I see lots of fed-up people in my treatment room. Winter feels like it has been going on for ever, and although the days are clearly lengthening that’s not enough to lift the spirits.
We’re confused, aren’t we, by the weather conditions? All the rain and flooding in the past few months, but hardly any frost and no sign of snow round here. We are cheered by the sight of snowdrops when the sun comes out, and there are some brave showings of leaf buds and blossom – but we can’t honestly say spring is here, can we? Last year we had unusually warm weather for a bit, followed by weeks and weeks of snow and ice lasting into April. So, while we may want to put our winter clothes away, we know that sadly it’s too soon. Or maybe it isn’t, and we’ll wake up tomorrow to the beginning of 3 months of balmy temperatures and a riot of spring flowers. We just don’t know.
Why does this matter? Well, my acupuncture training was deeply rooted in the cycles of nature and I’m used to tuning in to when nature is behaving anomalously – weather too mild in the winter, too much rain, extreme winds … or cold wet summers … or months of lack of rain. All these things have an effect on our health and wellbeing, both physically and more particularly mentally and emotionally. Hand in hand with the “I’ve had enough of winter” feelings common at the end of February are usually quietly waiting seeds of hopefulness around plans that will make things better – and those plans need the spring to be able to germinate and get growing. When the spring is too early, little shoots may suffer in a cold snap. When the spring is delayed, frustration and resignation can result.
So my advice to you is to hold steady – make use of some of the enforced sitting at home in the gloom to ponder on what the spring might mean for you – metaphorically sort through your seed packets, as it were. Then, when we can trust that the spring is most likely to have arrived properly, you can get going with renewed focus and positivity. Whether that’s starting a new career path, or getting your vegetable garden going, we’re at the right time of year to be getting our thoughts in order.
And if you are feeling fed-up, why not book an appointment now – and get ready for the spring? Call me on 07970 295177.