How to Empower Your Health During Fall and Winter
The immune system protects our body from harmful substances like toxins, trauma, bacteria, heat or other causes.
The above quote by Ted Andrews explains why a lot of people come down with colds, sore throats and respiratory issues this time of year. Our immune system has to work harder to eliminate toxins.
While many promote vaccines and feed the perception that our health is beyond our control, I would like to offer a more empowering stance. Let's explore how self-care can boost our immune system during fall and winter.
"All Colds Are Emotional..."
I saw a prominent healer many years ago, as I was recovering from a major health crises. This man showed me the script to his forthcoming book, in which he claimed that all colds are emotional. It may not sit well with everyone and there is no research to prove it, but I must admit that it has often been true for me. I believe that our bodies detox and rid us of our emotional waste if we don't. This is why the holistic healer will advice you not to treat a cold. Allow it to cleanse your system if you can do so safely. Slow down, listen, and feel what is going on beneath the surface level of your life. Care for your heart and release old grievances from your system.
I once had a deeply disturbing emotional exchange with family members around Christmas. It almost immediately triggered a terrible cough and sinus problems that lasted a good month. The exact same symptoms began to manifest the following winter, as I was dealing with another episode of the initial trauma. I saw the connection and worked through it with the people involved and I haven't had anything going on since. Interestingly, my lesson in this was to speak my truth and express my feelings of abandon. Looking back, it made sense that the emotional stress would manifest as an infection in the lungs and throat.
Why are we more emotionally vulnerable this time of year? Seasonally, fall represents a farewell to warm weather and sunny skies. It signals the end of summer. We look around and become aware of the signs in nature that show us the cold and barren landscape of winter is fast approaching. It is a reminder that nothing stays the same and that all things have a beginning and an end. Many react to this realization with a sense of sadness and grief. This is why the fall season is closely associated with these emotions. When we are sad and grieving it affects our lungs and our entire immune system. Grief cause our life force energy to descend. By breathing through these feelings and by accepting them as part of the cycle of life, we can move through the grief and onwards to experiencing compassion.
As wonderful as it is to have ample time with family over the Holidays, all this socializing has the potential to trigger emotional upsets and conflict. See if you can avoid the mine fields (areas where you tend to disagree) and enjoy the topics that unite. Practice unconditional love for self and others. Make space in between family gatherings, to continue your daily routine of self-care and reflection. Meet up with friends (your spiritual family) and laugh it all off.
It's all energy...
It is common knowledge these days that we have an energy body as well as a physical body. The energy body is an egg-shaped aura of energy that surrounds the physical form. The anatomy of the energy body includes 7 major energy vortexes on the center axis called chakras. The chakras are energy exchange centers. This is where you transmit your energy into the world and where you receive and process energy from the world.
Here is how you can work with the two chakras that seem to impact our immune system the most.
The second chakra, sometimes called the emotional chakra, is located right below the naval. It is governed by the moon and water. The color of this chakra is orange. A balanced second chakra allows us to flow with our emotions and enjoy our sensuality, our ability to sense. It encourages us to experience life through feeling.
This chakra will respond to our efforts of self-care or lack thereof. It urges us to become less industrial and to make choices that bring more pleasure.
Feed your cold and it will heal faster. Make yourself a yummy meal that nourishes and delights. Foods that affect the second chakra are:
- Sweet fruits
- Bread and butter
- Dairy products
Go easy on these foods if you are on emotional overload and feeling sensitive overall. They are called comfort foods for a reason. Overindulging at the wrong time may throw your system into a healing crises. If, on the other hand, you struggle with emotional numbness and have been too strict with yourself, you may be advised to eat more of these foods.
The second chakra also responds well to classical music, art, gardening, flowers, pursuit of passions, cooking, massage, rest, healthy sexuality and dancing. Live a little and indulge in the simple pleasures of life.
Located at the center of our chest, the fourth chakra is known as the heart chakra. This is the center of love in our consciousness. Love is a different vibration than emotion and we tend to forget about this. Love is balanced, calm, giving, and accepting. The heart chakra controls the consciousness of self-acceptance, acceptance of others, trust, well-being, a sense of having what you need, abundance, prosperity, and good health. It is also the center for empathy and compassion. Deep breathing, exercise, working with forgiveness, and Healing Touch therapy help your heart and respiratory system.
We have a natural tendency to gather what we need and save up for the winter. Worrying about our survival is part of the human experience. Our ancestors had to work hard to store up supplies that sustained them through the barren winters. The animals mirror this to us still, as they must put in more effort to find food and shelter around this time.
Create a home base that gives a sense of comfort and security. Use warm earthy colors like red, brown and orange. These colors are naturally abundant, come fall and winter. Have blankets lying around, get cozy and light some candles. Make your favorite herbal tea (mine is Organic Tulsi Sweet Rose Tea) and bake some bread if this is something you think you'd enjoy. Engage your creative muse, do arts and crafts. Spend quality time with friends and family.
Get out and do fun things in nature and make sure to dress warm. Open your windows every day if even for a few minutes to avoid stagnating energies. Make sure to take advantage of the daylight. If you are at work, see if you can go outside on your lunch break. Do some window shopping or go to a nearby park.
Wear Amber and Quartz crystal as they both strengthen, energize, and protect your body.
Go easy on refined sugar as it will weaken your immune system.
If you have a track record of disease around this time, try to avoid having conversations about it. When we make claims like "I get two colds every winter", our subconscious "yes" machine starts working with our physical energy. Our thoughts, feelings and words become self-fulfilling prophecies. Instead, try working with positive affirmations for perfect physical health.
Now, hopefully you have some ideas about how you can empower yourself during the fall and winter season.