Fall is upon us and with the change of the season comes the change in weather. Before we get too deep in the season there are a few things we should do to prepare ourselves. You may already have a routine for your home and garden, like cleaning out the gutters and fertilizing the lawn, but do you have a routine for your body and mind? Just like your home and garden, your body needs its own cleaning out and feeding. Now is a great time to start new daily habits and looking at our personal health in order to get a jumpstart on fall. We’ve got helpful tips to help get started.
5 Tips to Help You Get Ready for Fall
1. Get Outside
Days are getting shorter and that means less sunlight and less vitamin D. We produce vitamin D when our skin absorbs sunlight, so it’s only natural that our vitamin d levels are lower in the fall and winter. So get outside and soak up as much sun as you can before it gets too cold. Vitamin D is essential in the absorption of calcium and promoting healthy immune system function. Fall and winter are also flu season, so a strong immune system may come in handy.
2. Early to Bed, Early to Rise
Before the days get too short we should think about reprogramming our sleep schedule. It may be hard at first, but just by going to bed a little earlier each week will help get you acclimated to the upcoming season. Start by going to bed 15 minutes earlier and keeping the time consistent through the week. Slowly adding 5 minutes each week. Keep the room cool and as dark as possible. It’s a good idea to keep phones out of the room and TV’s off 30 minutes before bed.
3. Switch from Cold to Hot
In the summer we drank ice water and ate cold foods. Now is the time to move away from cold foods and drinks and switch to foods that are warming. Start with adding more spices to your dishes, such as turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and garlic. Instead of cold water try room temperature water or tea. Maybe try bitter teas with a little sage, chamomile, or dandelion. An easy dish to prepare is a chili, which you can spice it up and make a big batch that will last for days.
4. Slow it Down
Fall is a great time to change up your workout program and add in some more calm activities, like Tai Chi, Yoga, or just going for a hike or walk. It takes a lot of work for your body to adapt to the cold weather and giving it a break will help keep you strong through the season. Try adding in some more stretching and breathing exercises or meditation into your daily routine. This way you don’t overload your nerves system too many vigorous activities.
5. Eat Seasonal Foods
It’s a good idea to start adding more root vegetables and other seasonal vegetables to your diet. This helps promote good gut health, which aids in the detoxifying the body and boosting the immune system. A strong and healthy gut is important in healthy digestion and is key regulating the nutritional and metabolic systems in the body.
Hopefully these tips will help you be better prepared for fall and winter this season. Don’t try to make all the changes at once, make a couple simple changes and work from there. Best of luck!