You can’t deny it any longer. Fall is here! And while it may have been easier to push through your health and wellness goals in the earlier part of the year, once fall comes around, things can start to slow down bit. To help you push through, use these tips for a abundant wellness and wellbeing.
As we move on from summer into autumn, the change of seasons can be a great time to reset and renew. Oftentimes, this is the season that will bring to the forefront any weak links that you have in your wellness regimen. If you have gotten away with neglecting your immunity or those last few hanging pounds, this is the time that those things will come to the light.
The good news is that you CAN do something about it.
Change Your Diet
Even though it’s no longer summer, there is still lots of fresh organic produce to be had. Stroll farmers markets and see what’s in season. Squashes, pumpkins, dark leafy greens, pears and apples are some of the stars of the show this season. This can also be a great time to load up on healthy comfort food like healthy soups and stews.
Use fragrant spices like allspice, cinnamon and turmeric to add health benefits and tremendous flavor.
Warm Up with Tea
Those seasonal fall lattes and spice drinks may look good, but they are loaded with calories and are robbing you of immunity. Instead, swap out those drinks for herbal teas. Some particularly good fall blends are cinnamon apple spice, pumpkin chai and chocolate mint.
Read more: Best Fall Teas for the Season
Clean the Air
Research suggests that people spend about 90% of their time indoors. During the cold weather months and national health emergencies, it’s likely that that percentage is even higher. Hence lies the problem; according to the EPA, indoor air is up to five times more 2-5 more polluted than outdoor air.
That’s a huge problem especially since most of our time is spent indoors. Here are some things you can do to improve indoor air quality:
Avoid wearing outdoor shoes in your home
I know it’s cumbersome, but try to limit wearing outdoor shoes on rugs and carpets in your home. This is especially true if you have young kids.
Change HVAC filters every 3 months
Put it on the calendar. Get it done every time the season changes so that you won’t forget.
Invest in an air purifier
Even though you can’t see it, the dust and debris is there. Air purifiers help keep the air in your home clean.
Try a salt lamp
Salt lamps are an affordable and homeopathic way to keep the air in your home clean.
Schedule a Fall trip
Travel is a wonderful way to get a fresh start and get rejuvenated for the season ahead. It can also help you to slow down and reassess wellness goals moving forward to the rest of the year. When planned right, even a staycation can also provide physical rest, mental clarity and the change of scenery needed for a step towards improved health and better well-being.
The dawning of a new season is a great time to look at all your vitamins and supplements and determine if you want to change anything up. They aren’t meant to be “set it and forget it”. In the fall, it’s very likely that your needs are not the same as in the summer.
Perhaps you need to add things like vitamin D since you’ll be getting less sun. Maybe there is now a need for a supplements like an herbal anxiety free during the fall because of the stress of back to school. Adding elderberry is also a good idea during these months to give your immunity a natural boost.
You may also need to consider removing seasonal supplements you no long need.
The truth is, each season brings new opportunities to do things differently and when it comes to reaching for abundant wellness, a fall reset is even more important than you know.
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Original: September 21, 2022, Updated for content October 4, 2022