Autumn is a time of change & transition from the heat of summer to the cold & darker days of winter. With a little preparation, we can adjust to this change more easily, remain healthier & have plentiful amounts of energy to get us through those shorter, colder days when winter arrives. Here are my FANTASTIC FIVE Tips;
Make it a priority to get 30 minutes EXTRA sleep 5 out of 7 days. This is important as the days get shorter & our energy dwindles mid afternoon. Do this PRIOR to the switching of Daylight saving time & continue to after. It will make it easier to adapt to the drearier, darker days of winter.
Shop & plan for heartier meals, that you can make larger portions of (soups, stews, chili; veggie & regular) so that you have meals that satisfy your carb cravings & that you will have leftovers for 1-2 more dinners. This way you are taking stress off of planning & cooking meals more often.
Use spices & herbs that BOOST our immune systems, BEFORE the cold & flu season starts & be better prepared when it hits everyone, Here are my top 4 spices to utilize this Fall & some of their other great benefits;
1) Cinnamon; stabilizes blood sugar, powerful ant-inflammatory, relieves pain in muscles, joints & muscles
2) Cloves, have strong antiseptic properties for infections, colds, aids with digestive issues & HAS THE HIGHEST ANTIOXIDANT LEVEL of all the spices & herbs!!
3) Rosemary; helps improve mental concentration & combats mood swings & depression. Effective against respiratory issues/ allergies & infections. Fights toxins from forming cancer in our stomach & colon.
4) Thyme; very similar to Rosemary, but also effective at treating Bronchitis, chest congestion, sore throats. Calms the nervous system for problems with insomnia.
Stay hydrated by drinking a greater variety of Teas, especially herbal, green, Oolong, & White teas. Besides being lower in caffeine, these teas are packed with anti-oxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties, & are great for relieving, sore throats, coughs, and nasal congestion, brought on by allergies & colds. Fall generally is a drier time of the year, even though temperatures are moderate. So stay hydrated in a healthier way & “form a beneficial new habit!
Go for a walk in the woods; Aka,”Forest Bathing”. Yea that’s correct, IMMERSE yourself in the splendor of the changing season & let your senses have an “exploration” of HOW Autumn is a transition from the hectic summer, to the more “grounded & mellow” time of harvest. Also, you will be doing your heart & nervous system a huge benefit, as studies in Japan have shown, a 30-40 minute walk/jog decreases stress, (the fight or flight response) & lowers blood pressure by as much as 35%!!
So plan to make these easy modifications to your daily routine and let the Autumn properly prepare you for the full attack that comes with winter!!!