Seasonal Changes to Your Stress

When the seasons change, it does not just affect the weather. The changes have an impact on the human body, too. As temperatures and air pressure change, the body can feel the effects in different ways ranging from something as innocuous as a headache to something more serious like a stroke. Keep reading to learn about the different ways your body can be affected by the change in seasons and what you can do about it. 

 

Allergies

All of the seasons bring with them various allergens that affect many people. Spring is an especially bad time for many people who suffer from hay fever or have allergic reactions to pollen, grass, and trees. People who are sensitive to these allergens can experience itchy and watering eyes, congestion and runny noses. 

 

Allergies can also affect the body by causing an increase in sinus headaches and infections. Because of the increase in mucus in the sinus and nasal cavities, it becomes easier for an infection to set in. Many allergy sufferers look forward to the first freeze to relieve the pollen counts and allergy symptoms.

 

High Blood Pressure and Poor Circulation

Those who have high blood pressure can experience spikes in their blood pressure when the seasons change. As the weather becomes colder, blood vessels begin to shrink and blood begins to thicken, which makes the heart have to work harder to circulate the blood.

 

Spikes in blood pressure can put you at risk for serious conditions like a stroke or heart attack. If you have high blood pressure, it is crucial to monitor it for changes, particularly as the weather gets colder. If you notice any significant spikes in your pressures, contact your doctor to discuss the issue. 

 

Decrease in Energy

As fall turns into winter, it is natural to feel sluggish and unmotivated. It is easy to become less active in the winter since you cannot go outside as often and there is a lack of sunlight to brighten your day. Your body may crave sleep due to inactivity and it is easy for feelings of gloom and malaise to turn into depression if you do not keep tabs on your mood and take active steps to keep yourself in good spirits. 

 

Breathing Problems

Both the warm and cold weather can affect your breathing, so it is crucial to pay attention to your body as the seasons change. The warm weather of spring and summer can bring about breathing issues because the air seems heavier and harder to breathe. As the weather gets colder in the fall and winter, the harsh temperatures can cause the bronchial tubes to crack. So, you must take care of yourself all year long to ensure you do not encounter any of these issues. If you have a breathing issue such as asthma, you can help control your condition by staying in a climate-controlled environment. 

 

Massage Therapy

Getting massage therapy can help you combat the negative effects the changing of the seasons has on the body. A massage can help you reduce stress, but it also has many other benefits as well, including: 

- Increases blood circulation.

- Eliminates toxins in the body.

- Reduces pain.

- Improves immunity.

- Fights depression and low energy.

 

With all of these benefits, it is clear that engaging in massage therapy can help you combat the changes your body may experience due to the changes in the seasons. One of the most significant of these changes is the regulation in blood pressure that comes from better blood circulation in the body. 

 

Using Essential Oils

Through aromatherapy, essential oils can benefit the body by relieving various symptoms that arise during the changes of the seasons. Some essential oils and the ways they help the body include: 

- Lemon oil relieves headaches.

- Jasmine oil relieves depression.

- Lavender oil relieves stress.

- Peppermint oil boosts energy. 

 

You cannot escape the changes of the seasons. But, you can be proactive in your efforts to combat the negative effects the changes have on your body. Engaging in massage therapy, aromatherapy or even a combination of both are all great options for helping you feel your absolute best all year long. 

 

Thinking about trying massage therapy? Schedule a massage therapy session with Ann here: Schedule.