I think we have all been on some journey over the past couple of years. It is something about the isolation that changes our way of thinking (not always positively); however, for some, can it be changing us for the better? My newfound journey of self-discovery has gone down the path of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) like many others right now.
Understanding that somehow going back to what we did centuries ago and living as our ancestors had done (to some degree) has made my circumstances somewhat bearable.
The emotions that this lockdown, open up, closed borders, quarantine, vaccine life we live in right now have been the biggest roller coaster my moods have ever been riding on. Feeling somewhat of a life in limbo right now, living not here and not there either.
The life we live right now is so uncertain, and adding stress to everyone’s plate are the constant restrictions around the world, things like living together apart right now. Or not being able to plan anything, including visiting loved ones, seeing sick friends and elderly parents, or not being able to be with a loved one while they are in hospital, has got to take some toll on people, surely?
Or what about the kids that have only been able to interact via technology? Surely this will take a toll on them in years to come? With more people than ever seeking help for their mental health, there is no wonder more, and more people are looking for new ways of life, and this includes complementary and alternative therapies.
I am not saying that I will hike through the Amazon to find unique vegetation to heal my body and mind. Instead, I am referring to turning to what nature has to offer. That can help and support with ailments, including those with anxiety, which seems to be on the rise.
CAM include the food we eat, the smells we digest and the sounds that we hear. Are people going back down the path of their ancestors to seek out the best way to deal with their issues because they have aches and pains in their bodies that have only come to light during the past two years and for no apparent reason?
I am not talking about holding hands and singing “Kumbaya” (not saying there is anything wrong with this, but it is not where this blog post is heading). Instead, I am talking about looking to nature to help us calm our minds, which then helps with other things in our bodies.
More and more people seem to be opening up to the idea that Complementary and alternative therapies are a way of the future, not just a thing of the past. I am not saying that this is something to replace modern medicine; it is more about leading a healthy lifestyle through the foods we eat, the essence we might rub into our body and the choices we make in our everyday life.
Reducing stress is the biggest one; it seems the past two years with anxiety and depression on the rise, stress appears to be the most talked-about subject on everyone’s lips. The not planning, the never-ending unpredictability of everyday living, has got many under constant stress.
So it makes sense that many people are seeking new ways to help them get through this uncertain time that seems like it will never end. But it will, and for most getting through it with the help of complementary and alternative therapies seems to be the way to go.
For me, well, I have been on a delightful journey of self-discovery, which I have lots to unload in the weeks to come…. so watch this space.
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