Birds are flying South, leaves are changing color, squirrels are gathering last-minute seeds, and bears are starting to yawn…fall is here! This is the time of year when nature begins to dramatically slow down, conserve energy and rest. Taking a page from nature’s book, it is an important time of year for us to pump the brakes and take care of ourselves, too. Here are some ways we can slow down and embrace this beautiful time of the year.
~Eat warm, nourishing, seasonal foods~
As the temperatures begin to dip, it is important for us to eat meals that keep us warm and energized. Lucky for us, this time of year has exceptionally great seasonal foods that do just that! Incorporate seasonal foods such as squashes, root vegetables, and vegetables from the brassica family such as broccoli or brussel sprouts into your meals. Spice up your meals by adding warming herbs such as garlic, cayenne or cinnamon. Soups are easy to make and can be packed with good-for-you veggies to keep you warm, healthy and happy throughout fall and winter. Starting your day with a warm meal such as oatmeal is also important during this time of year to give you the energy and warmth you need to take on the cold day ahead of you.
Though it may be chilly, this is a beautiful time of year to get outside and enjoy the changing of the seasons. If you have the proper layers you can take a daily stroll in your neighborhood or nearby park to watch the seasons change day to day. Walking in the fall and winter can be beautiful and give perspective to the cycles of life that surround us daily but often go unnoticed. There is beauty to be seen for those who take the time to look; the trees begin to expose their intricate fractal branches to us, the grass turns gold, the shadows stretch out and leaves begin their beautiful dance with the wind. Giving yourself time to enjoy the seasonal change in nature can reconnect you to your own changes during this time.
~Keep your body warm~
Beyond just eating to stay warm, we can also dress properly for the weather. Living in the Bay Area (San Francisco in particular), we all know how important it is to bring layers and just how quickly the weather can change! If your throat feels a little sore, be sure to keep it warm and protected with a scarf or a turtleneck. If you get cold easily, bring your hat, scarf, gloves and extra jacket along with you throughout the fall and winter. Make sure you have proper footwear for the weather--no one wants cold soggy feet on a rainy day! Keeping our core warm as well will help our bodies maintain balance and decreases the likelihood that we will get sick.
Take note from the nature that surrounds us and slow down. Give yourself the proper time to rest and adjust to the changing of daylight and temperature. If you’re feeling tired, allow yourself to go to bed before you are overly tired and try to give yourself a decent night’s sleep or take naps as your day allows. Take care and try not to rush through your day. Though this time of year can be hectic for many--especially as we inch toward the holidays--giving yourself time each day to rest, meditate, sip tea, or engage in any restful activity will immensely help with tackling the stress and fatigue that can come with these approaching months.
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