On the eve of the US elections I find the number of patients coming in to the clinic who are talking about a feeling of panic and unease, has increased exponentially. This may be reflecting my own mental and emotional state but I'm pretty sure it's not just me. Elections, referendums and the Trump/Clinton stand off is causing wide-spread anxiety and dis-ease at our current world wide political situation.
This unsettled feeling expresses itself in many way - insomnia or just disturbed sleep, a closeness to panic, palpitations, muscle tension which can lead to headaches and stress disorders including digestive problems.
There are quite a lot of things we can do to help ourselves out of this. Not continuously listening to the news or plugging in to social media for example. Limiting the time spent engaged in news reports means that we can think about the small and cosy things of day to day life and keep ourselves from catastrophising. Giving ourselves rewards and treats - cups of tea, 5 minutes rest, 2 minutes being mindful - all help bring us down to earth. If you need professional help then hypnotherapy or some CBT(Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) or NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) can offer support.
A deep tissue, hot stones or even a gentle massage brings us into our bodies and out of our heads and acupuncture can work wonders with calming anxiety and lowering the levels of adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormones) circulating in our systems. Our TRE (Tension Release Therapy) "shake it off" workshops help to process stress and trauma very effectively and some wonderful cranio sacral therapy can relieve tension headaches.
Last but certainly not least, nutritional therapy can help our bodies deal with the increase in stress hormones and also boost minerals and vitamins, which get used up more quickly by the body during stressful times.
Look after yourselves out there - or let us look after you. Sometimes we can feel very alone in this big (and sometimes bad) world and a reminder that there are many good and kind people out there can warm the cockles of our hearts during this unsettled time.