In today's fast-paced world, it's not uncommon to experience feelings of overwhelm, low mood, irritability, and fragility in the face of life's stressors. As a licensed Naturopathic doctor at Via Natural Medicine, I've observed a rising trend in such symptoms among my patients. These issues often fall on a spectrum, ranging from adrenal fatigue to burnout. This blog post explores the factors contributing to these feelings and offers insights into regaining balance and wellness.

The Changing Seasons and Mental Health

One intriguing observation is the increased prescriptions for common antidepressants and anxiolytics during the fall and winter. Is this merely due to reduced sunlight and vitamin D levels, or could it reflect our struggle to cope with the demands of our busy lives? There's also the possibility that increased exposure to respiratory pathogens triggers an immune response, affecting our mental well-being. Additionally, the existential conundrums of our times, the lack of immediate answers to complex cultural debates, and dwindling hope for peaceful resolutions may contribute to these feelings.

Physical Health and Lifestyle Changes

The shift to an indoor lifestyle as the weather changes can lead to a decline in physical activity, further impacting our mental and emotional states. Moreover, issues like food crises, financial stress, relationship difficulties, family pressures, and health concerns can compound these feelings of unease. It's not uncommon for individuals to grapple with these challenges, each with their unique tolerance levels for discomfort.

Navigating Change

As a Naturopathic doctor, my approach involves helping patients identify areas of their lives they can immediately control and change. We also acknowledge the aspects beyond their control. It's crucial to harmonize the various aspects of life, sometimes necessitating the involvement of different therapists or a combination of pharmaceutical and naturopathic treatments.

Embracing Impermanence

It's essential for my patients to understand that their current life situation is not permanent. They can trust that happiness and peace will return by having faith in either a higher power or their genuine true self. These challenging times can be seen as a catalyst for personal growth and positive change.


At Via Natural Medicine, true healing involves addressing the root cause of imbalance and guiding the body toward restoring optimal patterns of function. Our approach blends modern medical and scientific knowledge with traditional healing techniques, considering the patient's needs and seeking balance in physiological, structural, mental, emotional, and social well-being.

If you find yourself struggling with life's challenges and seek holistic support, remember that you're not alone. Reach out to our clinic, and we'll work together to help you regain balance, wellness, and peace in your life. There might only sometimes be quick or easy answers. Still, with the right guidance and support, you can embark on a journey toward a healthier and happier you.

Dr. Jessica Beatty

Dr. Jessica Beatty

Naturopathic Doctor

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