The days are getting shorter, the temperature is getting colder….here in Ottawa, we are preparing for the season of winter. The winter tires are on, I’ve been using my ice scraper for the frost on my car in the morning and my jacket is thicker.
Similar to the different seasons that we experience, fall, winter, summer and spring, there are different ‘seasons’ to our health and well-being. In each season, we have different behaviours, perceptions, actions and energy levels that go along with them.
Each of the seasons brings along with it, activities that support it to grow and nurture. For example, in the spring, we would plant seeds to grow.
In discover, the first season of well-being, we explore what is going on i.e illness, pain, etc. We become aware of emotions, thoughts, behaviours, etc that got us to where we are now. For someone with low back pain, they might have the belief that they can’t bend or twist or they would hurt themselves. Their behaviour would then be to avoid bending or twisting. Another behaviour could be that they lie down on the couch for hours so they don’t hurt their back. Their emotions could involved being frustrated or angry that this is happening to them, or happening to them again if they’ve had it before.
Someone with shoulder pain could avoid going into ranges of motion that increase their pain.
The challenge with these behaviours is that when you don’t use a part of your body, you start to lose the range of motion associated with it. Over time, you will slowly lose the ability to fully use that part of your body. That’s why it’s important to work with someone during your recovery process.
In our 4 seasons, there are actions and behaviours that you wouldn’t do because the season does not call for it. For example, we would not plant a seed in the winter outside as it would not grow. In the seaons of health and well-being, we would not choose to run a marathon when our body is in a season of rest and recovery. There are times when you shouldn’t move something. i.e a fracture.
The challenge in life similar to nature, is to know what actions, emotions, thoughts and behaviours are needed in each season of your life. When the seasons change, are you ready?
Find out the signs that indicate which season you should be in at our advanced workshop.
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.