June 1, 2018
April 8, 2019
Acupuncture for depression

Cold and wet weather is and will always be a staple part of living in London. And although we have had some glorious warm and sunny days, the chill and grey of winter has started its slow creep into the days and nights. Like many other who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, it is at this time of year that I amend my routine in preparation for the cold months ahead. In support of this, I thought we should focus on anxiety this week. And it isn’t just a few of us who get down with the wintery blues.

The National Office of Statistics recently released research showing Londoners to be the most anxious in the UK, with over 20% of Londoners suffering from high anxiety levels (1). Anxiety and stress are directly linked, and left untreated can lead to more serious conditions, such as chronic depression.

So let’s talk solutions. If moaning about the weather doesn’t give you the lift you need, here are a couple of things you can do to beat the blues:

  • As little as 10 minutes walking a day can make a big difference to beating the blues (2). It also is great for the waist line, which being the Christmas season, can only be a good thing! Did I hear someone say Christmas cake! With such an amazing selection of parks to choose from in London, you have no excuse!
  • The NHS recommends a simple 3-5 minute breathing exercise to help manage anxiety and stress (3).
  • This can come in the form of specific relaxation techniques, or through having certain treatments. Now, this is where Acupuncture starts to shine. It has been known to show great results in the reduction of anxiety and stress levels (4).

Now is the time to look in, take a moment to regroup and give yourself permission to look after those niggles, pains or grey clouds.



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