Mid-winter finds me, along with the rest of Greater Sydney, back in lockdown. It’s a familiar kaleidoscope of emotions. As we go into week three the uncertainty, disappointment and anxiety begins to give way to boredom and irritation.
It’s times like this that test our resilience. Adversity, or even a change in routine, highlight how much ‘juice we have in the tank’. When we’re feeling emotionally and physically fit, it’s easier to roll with the unexpected without it depleting us.
An article I previously wrote has been on my mind through this lockdown. It seems surreal now to remember that two years ago I was on a solo retreat in a remote Balinese village, having an epiphany about finding balance in life. I’m beginning to wonder if my future self was whispering in my ear! Does this resonate with your life over the past 18 months?
“It’s not about gripping onto balance for dear life, but having enough reserves to ride the storms and space to recalibrate once it’s over.”
New resources on the site this month
Winter wellness: You don’t need to be locked down to feel locked in at this time of year! Nine tips for a healthier and more comfortable winter.
Gout: Beyond the standard dietary guidelines, did you know about the common ingredient in processed food and drink that can trigger a flare? Or a fantastic fruit that may prevent or alleviate and an attack of gout?
Recipe of the month: l can’t get enough of this new (to me) cauliflower and red lentil soup. It’s vegan, dairy and gluten free and comes with a few variations to ensure you won’t get bored of it.
There are more than a new soup for every week of winter in the recipe archive!
Did you see my recent Insta Live/YouTube chat about kindness and connection during lockdown?
Check out my YouTube channel (if nothing else than to laugh at my lockdown hair over the past 18 months)!
Fortunately, as clinic and mentoring is online it’s business as usual. Over the past year, and with each successive lockdown in Victoria, I’m seeing even more of my former City Natural Therapies clients from Melbourne. With the legitimisation of telehealth, most people now understand the benefits of working together in this way and realise how easy it is.
It’s been a joy to reconnect, often with patients I haven’t seen for over a decade. Be assured I still have your file on hand, so we don’t have to start from scratch. Just book a standard (50 minute) follow on consultation and I’ll email you a short questionnaire to give me a heads up on how I can best help you.
On a personal note
It’s been delightful to see Melbourne friends on social media, enjoying their freedom after such a challenging time. It’s not sparking any envy while I’m in lockdown, rather it reminds me that ‘this too shall pass’.
Each lockdown reminds me of the importance of connection and kindness. On the whole, I’ve found these times bring out the best in us. I’m fortunate to live in a very supportive community. While it’s always been a friendly neighbourhood, one of the things that grew these connections was starting the laneway garden. What began as a few pots outside my home clinic has grown to the entire block and beyond, alive with plants. It brings so much enjoyment – not just our growing band of gardeners but to everyone who passes by.
Don’t forget, I’m here if you need me, as all my services are online. Just hop onto Bookeo and choose a naturopathy or mentoring appointment from the times available. If my current hours don’t mesh with yours, contact me to go on the Saturday waitlist.