How To Stay Healthy During Pisces Season (Hint: Bring On The Sea Salt)
Here, the AstroTwins consult with astrologer and wellness alchemist Stephanie Gailing, M.S., to break down the top wellness practices to try during Pisces season, which will run through March 20.
The Sun glides through ethereal Pisces (February 18–March 20), allowing us to tap into our compassionate side and manifest healing powers. During this monthlong cycle, your life may feel more playful and free. Using the following self-care strategies, you can fine-tune your well-being, foster vitality, and reduce stress.
Pisces Wellness Mantras:
- Go with the flow.
- My body, mind, and spirit are connected.
- Love is all you need.
Pisces Stress-Reducing Allies:
- Ability to see beauty
- Getting lost in the arts
Tips for staying healthy through Pisces season.
1. Put your best foot forward.
We may find our heads in the clouds rather than our feet firmly planted on the ground during this dreamy time of the year. With less-than-attentive navigating, we can stub toes if we aren't careful! Our delicate footpads also need extra TLC. Maybe forgo fashion for comfort? Essential oils like peppermint can soothe soles if you go out in heels. Myrrh is good for cracked heels and tea tree for athlete's foot.
2. Clean up your sleep hygiene.
Inadequate sleep can make us crabby and less productive. It can also lead to the development of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Avoid tablets, computers, phones, and other blue-light-emitting devices right before bedtime. They can mess with the production of melatonin and our sleep cycles.
If going straight from email to bed isn't working for you anyway, unwind in a bath filled with relaxing essential oils, like lavender and chamomile. If worry has you awake staring at the ceiling, flower essences such as white chestnut, mimulus, and vervain might help your slumber.
3. Eat consciously and limit libations.
Practice meal mindfulness. Savor your food: Chew well and pay attention to aroma, texture, and taste. Conscious eating helps you feel satiated and improves digestion. Consider blessing your food. Meditate or express gratitude for the many people who brought food to your table, from farmer to grocer. This practice helps you feel connected and nourished.
A pitfall of Pisces season is to fall back on bad habits, vices, or to overuse substances. Too many alcoholic drinks can compromise the liver, lead to reduced energy and immunity, or disrupt sleep. Try limiting drinks, or replace them with seltzer, teas, or plain water.
Foods to consider in honor of the water sign: seafood and sea salt.
Seafood and shellfish are protein-rich foods to eat now. Many are sources of immune-enhancing selenium and zinc. Sardines are good for anti-inflammatory omega-3s and may contain fewer contaminants than fish like salmon (plus, they are less expensive!). Sea vegetables are equally beneficial and loaded with minerals like iodine. Try nori, dulse, and kombu in your soups, salads, and, of course, sushi!
If you reach for the salt shaker, make sure it's filled with sea salt. It's derived from evaporated seawater instead of land-based halite deposits and is therefore more mineral-rich. It's also made without anti-caking or chemical additives like traditional table salt.
Pisces season self-care ideas.
Spa treatments: reflexology and hypnotherapy.
Reflexology, a form of bodywork that centers on the feet, is good for our tired tootsies. In this practice, parts of our feet are aligned to our body's organs. Treatment opens energy channels, sparking a greater sense of vitality throughout the body. Health stores sell pocket-size reflexology maps, or there are resources online if you want to go DIY.
Hypnotherapy is particularly good if you deal with insomnia, anxiety, or chronic pain. It's also beneficial for alleviating stress-related illness and may enhance treatment if you are working through addiction.
Relaxation practices: meditation and water.
Meditation can increase mindfulness and help us gain (clearer) direction. It's calming, of course! But it also has health benefits, such as the power to reduce stress, curb insomnia, and improve heart health. A barrier to meditation is feeling we don't have time. But even five minutes of meditation can focus and energize. Try a guided meditation for Pisces season from Terri Cole, AstroStyle's meditation expert.
Take a dip! Swimming is a great form of exercise, a low-impact way to strengthen muscles, tone the heart, and enhance joint mobility. Bonus: Water is relaxing! A simple home bath or a trip to a spa for a tub soak is perfect if a beach vacation isn't on your calendar or there's no pool in your yard (or warm weather to make that option enticing!).
Disclaimer: This information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health condition or disease and is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or health care provider.