- Stay connected to nature. Breathe in the crisp air, take in the beauty that autumn brings. Staying connected to the cooling temperature will make the harshness winter brings much easier to enjoy. Mindful walking.
- Decluttering is somehow good for the soul. And autumn is a great time look at the abundance in our lives, keep what we need, and maybe donate or give away what we don’t. For me, I enjoy autumn cleaning even more than my spring cleaning.
- Practice mindful breathing. Practice right nostril breathing: Close your left nostril using the ring finger on your right hand. Inhale through your right nostril for 6-8 seconds, then exhale through the same nostril for 5-7 seconds. Repeat for 7-10 rounds, a few times a day. This will enhance the sun energy that helps keep the body warm as the temperature drops.
- Try some new cool weather hobbies. Hiking, nature crafting, cooking classes, learn outdoor survival skills, learn some indoor gardening, go geocaching. hit the museums, take on a reading challenge, volunteer… Staying active will help you avoid seasonal depression.
- Play! Connect with your inner child and jump in some leaves, or climb a tree!
- Nap. A 20-minute nap is said to be totally rejuvenating for the whole physical, emotional, and mental system. If you can fit it into to your day I highly recommend it.
- Take another route to work. Mixing up your routine in small ways creates new neural pathways in the brain to keep it healthy. And you will get to see the autumn landscape in an area you maybe haven’t seen.
- Eat seasonally and from local farmers. Root veggies (enhance your connection to the Earth), spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, barley, baked winter squashes, nuts, seeds, fish rich in Omega-3’s like salmon, and whole grains. This will keep you feeling warm and grounded and aid with seasonal allergies too when you eat locally grown!
- Add warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and garlic to your dishes.
- Drinking a warm glass of water or tea with some fresh lemon first thing in the morning. This will keep you hydrated and start your gut off to a good start!
- Use natural oils like coconut, jojoba, and shea to hydrate your skin and especially during the cooler months, dry brush to get rid of dead cells at least 2x a week. Exfoliate and moisturize daily with natural products.
- We deal with so much fabric on our skin and all the drier air from the heat being on. Get a humidifier! The moisture can be very important for our lungs, our skin and our whole body’s health.
- Get to bed a bit earlier, keep the room cool and dark and get a great sleep.
- Drink tea as often as possible, try using herbs and spices like dandelion, sage, gentian, cinnamon, turmeric and chamomile. This will keep you hydrated while still keeping warm!
- This is also a good time of the year to start taking natural preventive supplements such as elderberry syrups, Indian gooseberry, turmeric, ginger, honey, holy basil and other herbal supplements to keep infections at bay. And try some Echinacea Plus® tea
- As we spend even more days indoors, we get less vitamin D, therefore it is necessary to take vitamin D supplements during fall and winter months.
- Try out a Neti Pot. Neti pots help reduce allergies, and flush out the nasal passages (great for colds and sinus infections)
- Grab a wheatgrass shot (a quick way to get a healthy boost) from places like Whole Foods or juice bars, or in powder form (which you can add to smoothies etc).Packed with key vitamins and minerals, wheatgrass supports the immune system and aids the body’s detoxification process. It also supports body alkalinity, and promises a daily serving of vegetables.
- Studies show that acupuncture can boost immunity to help prevent getting sick, and also reduce cold and flu symptoms.
- Shift your activity inward. Reflect on the your year so far, start planning for the next few months to keep your mind focused on the seasons ahead. This practice will keep you mindful of where you’ve been and where you want to go. Meditation has been used for centuries to improve relaxation, improve mind-body balance and enhance general health and well-being.
- Yoga. Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, Noose Pose, Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose , Bow Pose, Camel Pose, Warrior I Pose , Sun Salutations and Hot Yoga.
- Meditation; Letting Go: A Guided Meditation for Fall
- Practice gratitude as often as you can.
- Get together with others of like mind to pray, meditate, etc…
- Use your commute for a “Beauty Scavenger Hunt.” Find five unexpected beautiful things on your way to work.
- Keep a gratitude journal.Gratitude journals are quick and effective ways to shift your mood away from your problems and worries and towards the good things in your life. For an optimal experience, purchase a good quality journal and pen (something special that will encourage you to keep writing) and set aside 5-10 minutes either first thing in the morning or before bed to list three things you’re grateful for. If you feel stuck, try my 30 gratitude journal prompts.
- Use autumn scented essential oils around the house, they will lift your spirit and your mood!
- Hug a tree and connect with nature.
- Journal. Spill your emotions into your journal so you can make a plan to change the negative ones and pull out the positive ones. Be honest with yourself.
- Actively work on your self confidence. The Mirror Technique. As the weather gets cooler and season depression tries to creep in have a plan of action to keep feeling good about yourself.
- Mindful Relaxation.
- Hate autumn? Identify the very best thing possible about fall for you and experience it as richly as you can. Then you can go on to the second best thing and so on… Find the joy of the season!
- Do things that make you smile, and laugh! Good full belly laughs!
- Don’t start over shopping for the holidays. This is one of the BIG reasons many people come face to face with depression during these months. The stress of bills and the need to spend spend spend makes us crash hard. SPEND mindful time with loved ones, this is the best gift you will ever plan for them!
- Sink into a bath with essential oils or a fabulous bath bomb. Create a spa in your bathroom and settle in for some relaxing moments to recenter yourself. Take the “me” time.
- Go out and get a new hair style or color or even a manicure! Refreshing yourself helps get your mood in check and your mood in line with the season.
- This is the perfect time to start reaching out to people you may have lost contact with. Plan an autumn outing maybe, or go for chai to sit and talk. Reconnect, it’ll feel good!
- Start a new hobby or take a class where you’ll meet new people.
- Plan an autumn themed trip, even if it’s just a weekend or a day trip with your bff’s. Something even as simple as stopping for autumn themed coffee at your local cafe will warm your heart and lift your spirits!
- Get friends together for a game of touch football – even if you don’t like football. Embrace the season!
- Get the family involved in some gardening for next season!
- Take a drive or hike to look at the autumn leaves.
- Host a wine or seasonally themed party!
- Plan a Friendsgiving with friends or co-workers.