You are going to get sick this winter!’  As sure as you are human, living in these times, you are going to get sick unless, of course, you live in the ‘garden of Eden‘, and then, depending on your religious upbringing, you are going to get stitched up for eating an apple!!!  Only joking!  If you do eat an apple that you purchased from the supermarket, keep in mind it was probably in cold storage for 9 months!  Seasonal threats are inevitable, in this article, we will discuss what they are and how you can navigate through these predictable attacks on your immune system.

Seasonal threats are bugs and viruses that sneak up from everywhere, not out of nowhere, and intertwine minute by minute in every day of your physical existence.

Predictable attacks on the immune system are reinforced by Seven major decisions or lifestyle choices that you make:

They are:

      • 1.   Poor quality sleep - Lack of sleep - Late nights.
      • 2.   Experiencing a chill - a drop in temperature and not having enough clothes on to counteract the temperature drop.
      • 3.   Eating stodgy food like pasta and bread, ice cream, cakes, and animal products that are too hard for the body to break down and utilize.
      • 4.   Suffering from depression, worry and stress - continually.  Yes, you actively decide to experience these emotions!
      • 5.   Experiencing a loss/death either in the family or close friend that passes away.  Grief!
      • 6.   Not enough movement, not exercising, sitting for very long periods of time, not being motivated at all.
      • 7.   Not having anything to look forward to - losing desire and motivation for living.

Environments for illness:     When I was a little girl, I used to get carried away and spirited into another world as I played outside in the dead of winter in my huts. I’m talking about suburban Melbourne, Victoria.  I would build these huts with my brothers out of materials that we salvaged from building sites, skips, and roadside clean-ups.  I was not an engineer or natural builder, and neither were my brothers, so our huts would blow over in the wind, become soggy with rain, and pretty much be an environment for anyone to pick up a virus or bug.  However, I loved every minute of it, but my immune system was hit hard by the drop in temperature, not wearing enough warm gear, and getting my feet wet more often than not. So I remember getting sick a few times for sure.  I ended up with a bladder infection because I would hold off going to the toilet.

Fortunately, there were some positive things that all of us kids were doing.  We were big fruit eaters, and the fruits and vegetables that Mum ordered every Friday from the local fruit shop in Lower Plenty were always excellent.  So we had our oranges, and seasonal fruits, and were never overfed.  This was more because the family budget could not sustain the appetites of 5 hungry kids, and we learned to ration our food early.

Small Meals:     Our meals were small and modest by today’s standards, our only downfall was the desserts and sweets.  Mum was a good sweet chef and treated us often to rhubarb and apple crumble with ice cream, banana cakes, and melting moments which she made.  All four of my brothers and I grew up ‘with a sweet tooth’.  Every winter we would succumb to a decent cold or flu, and fill up handkerchiefs with enough snot to cover ‘Everest’, but you know it was considered normal!  But I’m here to say, it’s not normal to have a snotty nose it’s a by-product of too much mucous in the food that one is eating!

When I look at those top 7 antagonists, there were a few of them that snaked into our everyday life, but fortunately, we were physically active, walking to school nearly 4 kilometers return every day. I did calisthenics, dancing, swimming, bike riding, and tennis.  I can’t remember suffering depression as such, because I don’t think I knew what that was, however, when we were lined up for our immune shots at school, stripped down to our white singlets and usually my worst underwear because I forgot it was ‘shot day’, I began to become self-conscious.  Comparing my freckles to the other kids who seemed to have flawless skin.  I was bullied in primary school, and that took a toll on me.  When I landed in High school I experienced a different type of torment, my inner insecurities.  Thank God Facebook wasn’t around when I was a teenager, I know I wouldn’t have lasted. I know that for sure.

Anxiety:     Even without Social Media I quickly learned about anxiety and what that can and does do to the mind and body.  As I became aware of my perceived failings in human design due to comparing my body and appearance to the other girls, I learned the value of exercise and movement to counter any perceived flaws, and being a naturally slim person anyway, I somehow got through those teenage years without too much trauma, but there were issues, and things to process, and life had its challenges.  More on that in another story!

Always have something to look forward to:      Having something to look forward to is a very powerful antidote to depression and/or anxiety.  Having a plan for your weekly movement and making it fun can be the most effective way of dodging the worst of seasonal threats.  We have found that having a friend join us on Friday morning for Yoga, stretching even light weights, has increased the joy factor of our week, thus noteworthy here for you, that making a date to exercise with a friend, maybe more productive than a ‘coffee date’.  You can always have the cuppa after the movement session.  This is a win-win for the immune system and your social life!

So how would I counter the above SEVEN issues?  Here goes:

  1. Get to bed at least 4 nights a week before 9.30 pm.  Then you will have a decent amount of time in bed before midnight.  Diffuse essential oil blend Lavender Peace in your bedroom.
  2. Wear the right gear, there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothes!  Wear warm socks, and keep your shoulders and neck warm.
  3. Just because it’s cold, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a salad, or even reduce the quantities of your evening meal.  Most people overeat in winter, this puts more of a burden on your digestive system.
  4. Make time to have a ‘mental health break’, where you either watch a comedy, walk in the garden, have a dance, sunbathe in the morning or afternoon, or both - see In The Raw Book.
  5. As much as it sucks, death is part of life!  All of us are going to lose someone we love and care about, so make the most of the living time with everyone you love!
  6. Move, walk, stretch, and dance, this is your best ally against depression and apathy and will help you shift state which helps your body adjust to seasonal threats.  Check out Lifestyle Reset Book for more tips.
  7. Always have something to look forward to.  A trip away, a night out, receiving guests who you love.  Set dates, and look forward to every experience, it creates hormones of joy.

I also have some phenomenal blends, and associated products that support the body through the colder months.  On Guard is one that comes to mind. Click on this link, and learn how you can use it for dealing with every change of season.  My own ‘Cold & Flu Blend’.  See more on that on this website.

Thanks for reading and reach out and tell me how you beat your seasonal threats.  x Annie