Incorporate Wellness into your Awesome Autumn
Posted on October 19 2017
“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” - Unknown
Fall is here!
Autumn lovers are thrilled about this time of year. They love the colors, the crisp air and the arrival of boots season. However, some miss the warmth and carefree vibe of summer. And others dread the upcoming cold and darkness of winter. Whichever group you belong to, we hope that this post inspires you to make this Autumn your best one yet.
Here are a few ideas to help you to embrace and enjoy this golden time of year.
SCHEDULE IN SOME FUN
We all have lists of things we have to do in order to keep up with personal and professional obligations. However, why not make a fun list of things you want to do during Autumn?
Here are some ideas:-
- Go apple picking
- Visit a pumpkin patch
- Serve food at a shelter
- Host a Halloween potluck
- Take family photos (changing leaves make for beautiful pictures)
- Work on a big jigsaw puzzle
- Have a fall-flavored beverage at your fave coffee shop
- Go to the movies with your kids, significant other or BFF
Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your Autumn bucket list:-
- You don't have to spend a lot - your list can include free or cheap events and activities.
- You can re-use this list every Fall or create a brand new one each year.
- Consider choosing a theme (example, the great outdoors) or a word (example, relax) for your list and center all your items around that.
- Your list can be as long or as short as you want it to be.
- This is your list - so make sure it contains things that are fun and/or meaningful to you.
INCORPORATE AUTUMN INTO YOUR SELF-CARE ROUTINE
Embrace the wonderful scents of autumn. Think of apple cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. You can add fragrances to your home (light scented candles or make apple cider) or self-care routine (think scented hand soap or Bath Bombs). These are great ways to relax and schedule in downtime after a busy week.
REDUCE STRESS BY PLANNING AHEAD FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The holiday season can be one of the most stressful times of the year. However, with some planning you can get ahead of the holiday rush and be able to enjoy time with your family. Here are a few things to consider:
- Grab a calendar so you can have a visual plan of how many weeks you have before the holidays. You may need to put in for vacation days at work (if so, the sooner the better), arrange for childcare if you have school-aged kids and touch base with family members and friends to make plans for get-togethers and celebrations. By doing this, you can avoid last minute costs (such as, airline tickets and holiday reservations).
- Start thinking of holiday menus and make plans for out of town guests so you're not scrambling to get this done at crunch time.
- Make your list and check it twice. If you give gifts, make a list of your recipients. In addition to family and friends, consider giving to others in your community who may have helped you or your family (for example, teachers and nurses). Once you have your list, start making a note of how much you want to spend on each person, what you may want to get them and where you would get it.
It might sound simple, but being grateful can bring many benefits into your life. According to Happify, it can help you to feel more alive, sleep better...and even have a stronger immune system. Autumn is as good a time as any to nurture your gratitude practice. Here a few simple ideas to consider:
- Start a gratitude journal to jot down what you are grateful for each day. You can use a regular notebook or use an online journal, like the Gratitude app.
- Sign up for an e-course. We have mentioned #shutterhappy before, but it’s worth repeating. It is a self-paced e-course that incorporates gratitude and photography.
- Commit to calling or visiting one friend or relative who means a lot to you.
BOOST YOUR HEALTH
It is important to understand the different ways our bodies change each season so that we can take care of ourselves accordingly. In autumn, reduced exposure to sunlight causes a change in your circadian rhythm and you tend to feel more sleepy. You might find that you are more thirsty or that you start to crave warm “comfort foods”. Instead of resisting, try to go with the flow. Get more rest, if you can and eat more nutrient-rich foods, especially seasonal ones. For example, pumpkins are rich in Vitamin A, which is important for building your immunity, which is critical during cold and flu season.
In addition, be sure to create a fitness routine that will work well for you during this season. One fun way to take advantage of the cooler weather (depending on where you are located) is to incorporate running into your exercise regimen. You can consider participating in a run (like the Turkey Trot) or even check out one of the best Fall hiking spots.
Running is one of the best forms of exercise if you’re looking to increase your activity levels or lose some weight. But did you know that running is extremely effective at making you healthier in many other ways? Running can help you reduce stress, prevent disease and lead a happier life.
Just be sure to get the right gear, such as comfortable running shoes and of course the right socks. Our compression socks are designed to promote recovery and comfort. And, since we’re currently offering 30% off all orders (promo code FUN30), why not grab a new pair of our Crazy Compression socks. The “Witchy” one, pictured below, is perfect for Halloween!