Winter is the season when we can feel the most vulnerable, insecure, and lacking in motivation.
Foods that can make us feel supported, warm, and secure are buckwheat, oats, soba noodles, miso soup, adzuki beans, roots, greens, and salty condiments.
By adding the above foods to your diet, you’ll feel more self-confident and less stressed, retain your sense of humour, and have a greater sense of balance and stability.
With the seasonal change from autumn to winter, we tend towards longer cooking methods, that include stronger soups, sautéed vegetables, casseroles, and baked dishes.
A little more oil, seasoning, condiments like gomasio, and sea salt (only used in cooking) are appropriate as they warm the body.
Vegetables are cut into larger chunks for longer cooking, while buckwheat, along with fried rice and soba noodles are the grains most appropriate at this time.
Shiatsu Point for Anxiety
When the Kidney meridian is not functioning properly, we can be prone to stress, fear, and anxiety.
When the meridian is functioning well, we can move effortlessly through the world feeling motivated and confident.
Kidney Meridian Point 1 (KI 1) is located in the sole of the foot in “V” that is formed when the toes are curled up.
It is a very good point for relief from anxiety, fear or when there is too much going on in one’s head.
Shiatsu Point Therapy
Using the thumb or finger apply pressure until you feel the soreness in the point.
Taking deep breaths and maintaining the pressure breathe slowly in and out of the point until you feel the tension and pain disappear.
The above technique is for symptomatic relief only If symptoms persist please consult a qualified shiatsu therapist for a full treatment.
Recipe – Barley Crepes Suzette
- 1&1/2 cups barley flour
- 1&1/2 cups wholemeal flour
- 3 tablespoons arrowroot
- 1&1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 6-8 cups water
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Then add the water, stirring well to avoid lumps. Let it stand for about 1/2 hour.
Heat the frypan after oiling it slightly with a paper towel or with your fingers, then using a ladle, pour 1 ladle of batter, rotating the fry pan so that the batter spreads evenly.
Let it cook for a few minutes, until the edges starts to lift up.
Gently lift the crepe with a spatula and turn it over. Let it cook on the other side, then stack on a plate.
Can be served hot or cold with a unsweetened jam, or you can make your own apple spread or carrot spread.
Yoga Pose for Winter – Triangle Pose
This pose strengthens abdominal muscles and helps relieve back stiffness.
- Stand with feet about 1 metre apart.
- Extend arms sideways from the shoulders parallel to the floor.
- Inhale and bend slightly forward.
- Exhale bend trunk and left arm down to touch left leg.
- Stretch right arm upwards turning your head to gaze at right palm.
- Breathe in and out holding position for 3-4 breaths.
Repeat on other side
Bach Flower Remedy – Holly
Holly can be taken when feeling jealous, disheartened, resentful or suspicious of others.
Spiritually, the negative Holly state is governed by lack. Often there is a sense that no matter what good things come to us, our cup always seems half empty while others always seem to have more.
Holly can help us to regain balance in our lives and realise that our lives are truly filled with love and abundance.
General dosage is 4 – 5 drops under the tongue at least 3 times a day, or whenever feeling afraid or insecure.
Kidney Meridian Meditation
Close your eyes and take a deep breath in. As you breathe out, perhaps you can give yourself permission to relax and forget about the world around you for the next few minutes.
Take another breath in…and as you breathe out, allow yourself to relax in whatever way you choose.
And as you do that, you might become aware of a sensation starting to spread somewhere in the body, wherever that may be. A pleasant sensation of calm, peace and relaxation as you continue to breathe in….and…out.
Everything is in its place, naturally. Everything in order…nothing needs to be done. Everything is simple, isn’t it?
As simple as… one breath in and one breath out. So calm, peaceful and relaxing.
And as you go deeper into this state of deep relaxation. I’d like you imagine that you’re melting, like a block of ice…melting…becoming drops of water.. dripping slowly from melting ice.
And as you continue melt, you may become aware that the drops are becoming larger and turning into trickle of water…a trickle of water.
And I don’t know if you’ll melt quickly or perhaps at your own pace…taking your time, enjoying the sensation of melting…and changing… now changing into a stream of water…a stream flowing downhill. Moving effortlessly downhill…letting gravity to pull you along.
And as you flow downhill, you may experience the pure joy of effortless movement – with nothing between you and your true nature – the joy of simply letting go and going with the flow, now.
And that stream flows into a river and you become the river…a river that flows into a larger river flowing effortlessly towards the sea. There is no stopping you.
And as you go deeper into this effortless movement, you may realise that as a river you are everywhere at once. You are at the source and also at the end where you become one with the sea. You are limitless.
Breathe in this feeling of oneness and joy and let it expand throughout your whole body.
And then, when you’re ready, slowly come back to this space and in your own time slowly open your eyes.
Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Bergamot
Bergamot can provide symptomatic relief from anxiety, cystitis, cold sores, acne, depression, candida and PMT.
Essential Oils Application
Bath: Use 10-15 drops in a tub of water and soak in it for 15 minutes.
Massage: Blend between 1% and 3% of essential oil with a carrier oil of your choice such as jojoba, almond, peach, apricot, soyabean, sesame, or vegetable oils.
do not apply pure essential oils directly to skin (except for Lavender)
and never take any essential oils internally.
Inhalation: Place a few drops of essential oil in an oil burner or small bowl of boiling water to freshen the air and create a special atmosphere.
Compress: Add 5 drops of essential oil to 200 mls of warm water. Place cloth in the water then wring out and lay over affected area for a few minutes.