This weekend sees our clocks going back an hour and the official start of British winter time – great, we got an extra hour in bed, but for some of us, this is a real mood shifter: leaving for work and getting back home in the dark, winter fast approaching, summer just a distant memory.
This can sometimes leave us with feeling very low, grumpy or anxious. We can lose interest in normal everyday activities. We feel very lethargic – it’s much harder to drag ourselves out of bed in the mornings and we feel sleepy during the day. We crave carbohydrates and find ourselves wanting to eat more leading to weight gain which in turn adds to our lack of energy and low mood. If you find yourself with any of these symptoms, then you could be suffering with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD as it is more commonly known.
Lack of sunlight can affect the body’s biological clock and affects hormone production. Melatonin (sometimes know as the sleep hormone) is a hormone produced by the brain in response to darkness and helps to regulate the body’s daily rhythm and enables us to fall asleep. By stimulating the endocrine system through reflexology, in particular the Hypothalamus and Pineal glands which are both found in the big toes, we can balance the production of Melatonin to regulate our sleep pattern plus help control cravings and regulate appetite.
Reflexology can encourage the release of Endorphins, the body’s natural feel good chemicals which can then:
- Reduce stress and tension
- Improve circulation and increase nerve supply to the cells
- Release toxins from the body’s tissues
- Restore and reenergise the body
There are other things we can do to help ourselves get through this dark time of the year:
- Practice Healthy eating where possible
- Exercise more
- Take advantage of the sunlight – get outside when the sun makes an appearance and enjoy a stroll in the countryside or a bike ride
- Make your work/home environments as light and airy as possible
- Sit near a window when feasible
- Perhaps consider purchasing a Light Box to mimic some of the light missed during the darker months or a dawn-stimulating alarm clock which gradually lights the bedroom as you wake up.
If you would like to book a Reflexology appointment, please call me on 07866 491840.
Thanks Michelle x