January can be a difficult month for many. In the UK, the days are cold and short. The festive season has passed; overspending and over-indulgence can leave us with a physical, emotional and financial hangover. Ubiquitous advertising throughout November and December suggests we should all be having a whale of a time, partying, spending lots of money on others and being surrounded by loving happy people. Not surprisingly, this often has the opposite effect, evoking feelings of loneliness, inadequacy, emptiness and emotional disconnection. It can be a really tough time. January is therefore a good time to reconsider how you want to live your life, a time for making resolutions, for changing life for the better.
For this reason, Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre is holding a Winter Wellbeing Festival over the weekend of the 19th and 20th of January 2019.
It is a free event, although booking is required owing to limited space. There is a full programme including integrated talks, where doctors and therapists discuss various methods for addressing problems such as insomnia, anxiety and chronic pain. There are taster classes in singing, yoga and pilates and taster therapy sessions available with different treatment modalities, such as reflexology, craniosacral therapy and acupuncture. Oh, and there should be some yummy (healthy) food!
I will be giving a talk on Saturday 19th January at 2pm about using Homeopathy for First Aid situations. My first encounter with homeopathy was after I was knocked off my bike by a bus some years ago: homeopathic arnica worked miraculously and my prejudice against this wonderful medical system was challenged. Subsequently, I bought a homeopathy kit and saw remarkable results with it when my children were acutely ill. This led me to train as a homeopath.
Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre is an Integrated NHS centre, which combines an NHS general practice with integrated health practitioners and a charity that pays for NHS patients who cannot afford integrated therapy. It is a wonderfully open-minded place with a very committed and compassionate staff. I wish all GP practices in this country were run on this model. I am very fortunate to be able to work here.
If you are in the area over the weekend of January 19th and 201th, please do come along. It should be a lot of fun.