Barbara Roberts, Homeopath

Red light blues

The change to a red traffic light has thrown many people for six. It’s been a hard couple of years and lots of people are struggling.

One of the hardest things in this pandemic has been the feeling of being alone. If you are following the government advice you may be alone and isolated. If you are disagreeing with the narrative you may feel alone among the people around you. If you have chosen not to be vaccinated you may feel left out of social events. And if you have been doing everything you can to stay healthy and well, and find yourself again in this traffic light “red” with the increase in fear, you may not just feel alone, you may feel helpless and hopeless.

You are not alone.

Here are some things I have been doing to support my mental health – take on what works for you and discard what doesn’t.

• Avoid the mainstream media. The news has a lot of propaganda and fear mongering and frequently makes me cross. (It can also cause anxiety which is also not helpful).

• Seek contact with people. See friends, in person is great but I have also had hours long catch-ups with friends who don’t live close. I have had lovely times with people who have different views to me by putting boundaries in place – create common space – we both love our children but we disagree with how we keep them safe, and leave it at that.

• Equally, if there are people who are draining you then put boundaries in place where you can to manage this, whether you do not see them or do so in a way that reduces their negative impact on you.

• Exercise helps and when you least want to do exercise is sometimes when you most need it. At the moment I’m swimming and doing Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube.

• Diet low in processed foods and sugar helps. Even though I love chocolate (so much) it’s not the best for me.

Homeopathy can help. The remedies below may be useful to help you in the moment, but if the remedy is not helping or not holding then please send me a message for an appointment.

Aconite – for panic attacks, especially those that keep you awake at night.

Arsenicum – anxiety, particularly about health and worrying about finances. Physically there may be an upset stomach, or diarrhoea.

Ignatia – for grief. If you are have gone through some form of loss, whether people, belongings, jobs, or hopes and dreams. You may be tearful and/or have a lump in your throat that won’t go away.

Pulsatilla – tearful, changeable emotions, needing support of friends and family (even though the support may make them cry more).

Natrum Muriaticum – holding feelings in, not wanting sympathy, bottling it up to deal with by themselves at home. Also a remedy for grief but they may not show overtly like Ignatia or Pulsatilla

Nux Vomica – anger, and you are snappy and short tempered. Over indulging in alcohol, food or smoking may be part of your coping mechanism.

Sepia – irritability with family, just wanting them all to GO AWAY. This is also a remedy for women with bearing down pains and prolapse problems.

Staphisagria – negative emotions may be suppressed and they may feel victimised. They may not show externally anything from this treatment, but absorb it into themselves. However they can have flashes of rage, and are inclined to throw things in anger.

It can be extremely hard to ask for help, but this is one of the most important things you can do. If you need support please send me a message and we can make an appointment at a time that suits you.

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