It’s that time of year again! Seasons are changing, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is getting cooler. While many associate these changes with an increased risk of getting sick, there is a new way to look at autumn – a time to focus on being healthier.
- Slow down and Relax
Autumn is a great time to reconnect with friends and to spend some time with yourself too! The summer is always full of family vacations and adventures, but the autumn is perfect for getting back together to share summer stories and relax.
- Get some sleep
Autumn brings time changes along with the temperature changes too. This can often confuse sleeping schedules. Adults should get between 7 and 9 hours of restful sleep each night to maintain good health. Make sure you re-synchronize your internal clock to the environment, so you can get the sleep you need to stay healthy.
- Keep Hydrated
Many of us don’t drink enough water in these months and it’s still just as important as it was in spring and summer. Drinking water will protect your skin from the cold air drying it out and flush out toxins. Also even though you might not feel thirsty, staying hydrated is a must.
- Eat seasonal fruit and vegetables
This time of year there is an abundance of fruit and veg in season that will help boost your immune system. Oranges, blueberries, persimmon, beetroot and kale to name a few, are great for vitamin C and antioxidants, so it’s a good idea to incorporate more fruit and veg into your diet.
- Get some Vitamin D
The weather is an obstacle for many of us but if you can, wrap up warm and go for a walk to try and get some much needed vitamin D in natural daylight. It can also help with energy levels and is a great way to keep fit and keep your mood up.
- Add some spice
Add warming spices like ginger, turmeric and chillies to your foods, which have great health benefits to help keep winter bugs at bay. They are also great for flavour and warm our bodies up from the inside which is much needed on a cold winter day.
- Moisturise your skin
Even though we wrap up warm, with the cold and blustery weather, our skin can become very dry. Moisturise your hands and face to protect from the elements and lips too to prevent them from becoming chapped.
- Don’t skip your breakfast
Breakfast is important all year round but even more so in these months. Porridge is perfect as it is warming, makes you feel fuller for longer and is packed full of fibre. Plus if you eat breakfast you are less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks.
Take this time to refocus on you and get back in touch with your health. When your health is at optimal levels, the colder season is no longer about viruses, but about families, fun, holiday cheer, and hot chocolate with marshmallows.