Feeling Gloomy?

It seems that this is a particularly bad winter with lots of grey skies and rainy days. Are you affected by the dark and dreary weather? Do you feel gloomy or depressed?


Some people only feel a little down or depressed. It may show in loss of interest, irritability, sleep problems, loss of energy, lack of motivation or moodiness. For others the dark weather changes the entire sense of well-being. This is when we talk of seasonal affected disorder (SAD) which is most likely caused by lack of sunlight. Being deprived of natural light disrupts our biological clock, the internal clock that controls our body’s rhythms. Reduced sunlight can also upset the brain’s chemicals, especially serotonin. Low serotonin levels affect mood, social behaviour, appetite, sleep, digestion and memory.


Bach Flower Remedies help when feeling down


The Bach Flower Remedies, a natural healing system comprised of 38 remedies, help to gently restore emotional balance. The essences are prepared from specific wild flowers or parts of a plant. Each remedy resonates with a specific emotional or mental state such as anxiety, guilt, grief or loneliness.


There are different reasons for feeling down, and exploring these emotions will lead to the appropriate remedies. You don’t really need a practitioner to find the remedies that you need. The Bach Flower Remedies is considered a self-help system. However, especially if you are not familiar with the system yet, you may find it helpful to consult with a Registered Bach Flower Remedies practitioner, BFRP.


Here are some Bach Remedies that help lift the spirits!


MUSTARD for feeling down and depressed for no apparent reason. In the Mustard state you feel a dark cloud has descended onto you; you are unable to enjoy anything. Mustard helps to be more accepting of the ebb and flow of emotions and gives you confidence to pass through difficult times.


WILLOW for feeling resentful and bitter. If you feel life has been unfair and you feel sorry for yourself, Willow might be helpful. The remedy helps to move away from self-pity and to actively take your life into your own hands.


HORNBEAM for lacking motivation and energy to master the demands of life. In a Hornbeam state, you feel weary at the thought of the next task and tend to procrastinate. Hornbeam restores strength we need to face the day and get on with our lives.


ELM for feeling overwhelmed by the daily task and challenges. This remedy is for people who usually feel capable and confident until they are faced with an unusual amount of responsibilities. They feel overwhelmed and depressed, because they feel unable to cope. Elm restores confidence and the ability to deal with this overload.


GENTIAN for feeling discouraged or disappointed. Often the Gentian state occurs as the result of a setback; we are about to lose faith in ourselves. Gentian helps to restore faith and confidence and creates a more positive outlook on life.


Please note that the Bach Flower remedies do not address clinical depression with deep underlying issues. Then it is advisable to see a psychotherapist or clinical counsellor.