• Words by Sonia

When autumn leaves dance in the air...

Updated: May 4, 2020

Since the equinox went by autumn weather fell upon us all bringing the rain, the wind and dropping down temperatures. In the Southern hemisphere by March-April the crops are ripe ready for harvest. The autumn equinox marks the end of the summer and a time to celebrate harvest home and give thanks to Mother Earth. May will bring the magical mists, June the frosts and then we will start a time for inner reflection.

In the natural world, winter involves birds nesting, bears hibernating and caterpillars curling into their cocoons, but humans tend to forget that less light and longer nights can have a huge impact on both our psyches and our internal rhythms.

Less sunlight during fall and winter leads to the brain making less serotonin, a chemical linked to brain pathways that regulate mood. When nerve cell pathways in the brain that regulate mood don't function normally, the result can be feelings of sadness and depression, along with symptoms of fatigue and weight gain.

Winter Blues are more likely to affect women than men and there's a reason for that. As noted earlier, everything in this planet has an energy, and all of them together might be contained in two big groups: Yang energies and Yin energies. Seasons can also be categorised by these groups. The energies ruling winter season are yin, and for so many women (mainly yin as well ) winter energies unbalanced their equilibrium as the extra dose of YIN make them feel too cold, too passive, too indoors etc... While so many men feel naturally balanced in winter, women struggle trying to get their balance back.

These are the more common symptoms we struggle with over the winter season: Less energy Frequent inner cold causing chills Trouble concentrating Fatigue Greater appetite Increased desire to be alone Greater need for sleep Weight gain