2002-08-31 / Columnists

Health and Harmony

By Dr. Nancy Gahles

Indian Summer: A Time of Transition

Indian summer of late summer is a short season. It is a transitioning time from the hot sun of August and the cool winds of autumn. The weather can be erratic. Some very hot days interspersed with cold, rainy or damp days.

Transitions can be hard to handle. Physically, some people are sensitive to weather changes. The barometric pressure changes that are sudden can increase joint and muscle pain. Some physical conditions like ulcers are more subject to flare up at the change of seasons. Allergic responses to the changes in the trees, pollens blown by the winds and the molds of damp leaves can be seen. The changes in the amount of daylight and the shortening of days create symptoms in some people. Emotionally, transitions can be hard for people. Letting go of the carefree, lazy, hazy days of summer can evoke feelings of sadness. The responsibilities of school for children can bring about feelings of apprehension, fear, and can result in insomnia, nightmares and stomachaches.

In my experience, it is always best to prepare for the upcoming changes. Holidays are good ways to mark the turning times with family rituals that are comforting. Labor Day marks the end of the summer and can be a time where we remember all the good times that we had and give thanks. We can use those events to build on a hopeful future. Plan on using your strengths to carry you through the daily workload. Create family time to nourish you in the midst of the school year. This year the Jewish New Year falls very early. Just prior to beginning the school year, it is another occasion to give thanks and to welcome in a New Year with all the inherent adventures and growth it will inspire.

I wish health & harmony to us all as we make courage and humility our gracious companions on our journey. God Bless Us, Everyone.

May The Blessings Be!


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