Things have been a bit quiet here at the clinic, while I’ve been focussing on building works in my new house. Interestingly I’ve found a connection between the building works and Autumn. It’s all about renewal really. The house is a very solid 1960s semi, but it was in need of a lot of TLC. The previous owners were a lovely family with two small children, who had had very little time to work on the house and I reckon the bathroom may have been circa 1985 – though it’s impossible to know. There’s no doubt though that once the kitchen and bathroom have been stripped out and replaced and the gutters attended to, the house will be good for another 50 years if not 250. Though I won’t be around that long!
So what’s this got to do with Autumn, I hear you ask? Autumn is a time of change. The days are getting shorter (apparently by 10 minutes a day), the leaves turn yellow and gold and then fall off the trees, making way for the new buds which are already pushing through in readiness for spring. Birds migrate leaving our shores for warmer climes, and small mammals will soon be hibernating.
Autumn can make some people feel melancholic; for others the changes in temperature seem to cause flare-ups – in eczema for instance. Recent research suggests that wetter weather may cause a worsening of some chronic conditions and many of my arthritis patients seem to notice this. However change is part and parcel of life, and friends from South Africa have told me that they enjoy the changing of the seasons. I guess it’s never boring here!
Last September, Samantha wrote about making New Year resolutions in September, rather than waiting for January. And she is right: in September, the children go back to school which means our responsibilities as parents change. Instead of trying to find ways to keep them amused through the summer holidays, we have to get up in time to get them to school and help them focus on their homework in the evenings. Our routines change and this gives us an opportunity to think anew about what we want out of life and what our priorities are. For those without children, September is a popular holiday period, which sets us up for a few months of hard work before Christmas. Perhaps this is also a good opportunity to do some thinking about what changes we want to make.
If you have health problems of one sort or another, perhaps now is a good time to take stock and think about what you want to achieve. What can you do to support your health? What changes do you need to make in your life to make that possible? What resources do you have available to you to support you in making those changes? Who can you call on for support and who can you ask to remind you to keep on track?
So by focussing on Autumn as a time of renewal, we can see it in a new light – an opportunity to take stock, make plans, and develop new habits which will bear fruit in the spring (if not before!).
Sorrel Pindar, Registered Osteopath and clinic director