Over the last 12 months, many of us have noticed a physical re-calibration going on, but what exactly does this mean? How have these changes become manifest and how do we accommodate them in our daily lives?
Over the last 6 months there's been a lot of physical heaviness in evidence; our senses had been upgraded but not the physical form - that has been arriving slowly since then. Several people have noticed an increase in certain cravings - usually sugar-related - over the last few months; perhaps hunger detected subconsciously, then being interpreted by the mind with old patterns that said "low energy = a need for sugar". It could also be a need for comfort as what we have been sensing has been very discombobulating, like entering new territory - which indeed it is.
So what has been happening to those who've tried to carry on with the same eating/self-care habits as before, not knowing what to do? Well, since January there have been a lot of sluggish lymphatic systems around, which has had a knock-on effect on the immune system. There has been an increased/extended period of lethargy that, even with the arrival of sunny weather, has seemed difficult to shake off.
Emotionally, there have been phases of great sadness, crying, grieving - yet the reason may not have been apparent and may have lasted for days. There has been a lot of uncertainty, nothing feels the same anymore and there's been no clear indication of what to change/how to move forward. Then more latterly, many have noticed a low level anxiety that can create a need to respond - but to what exactly? The unknown can indeed be unsettling.
So what strategies can be adopted to get through these changing times a little more smoothly?
- Fine tune the diet: more 'wet' foods (fruits & veg) help the body be more receptive to the finer frequencies
- Avoid all refined foods - they will muffle your senses.
- Replace dense grain starch (sleep-inducing) with vegetable starch like sweet potato.
- Have some form of protein with every meal; doesn't have to be a lot.
- Avoid snacking - your body is going through changes and digestion is weaker.
- Wait until your last meal has been digested before adding more fuel to your body - adding to the load decreases clear sensing, so care too about how much you eat in one sitting.
- Go to bed early - your circadian rhythms can be changing and you need to be able to sense how to adjust.
- Sleep/nap whenever you can - don't feel guilty.
- Maca helps improve energy and balance (adaptogenic).
- Ashwaganda root may help negate anxiety and therefore cravings.
Consider your body's load at all times and work towards supporting it. Think of the radio analogy - regularly re-tune your habits until you are receiving stronger and clearer signals about the new needs of your body.
Finally, keep your emotional field clear; learn to be more resilient, avoid being drawn into drama and only hang out with people you feel good around. One more thing - make a habit of checking in with yourself at least once a day so you can stay tuned. Until the next time, go easy.