As we sadly say goodbye to the summer months, it’s time to take stock and embrace the change of season. The days are getting shorter, the temperature is falling, and here are our top five tips to stay healthy in the lead up to winter.
- Eat seasonal foods
Mother Nature has a very clever way of knowing exactly what your body needs throughout the year, so always buy in season. Not only is it healthier… it’s also much cheaper! Now is the time to enjoy fresh pumpkin, parsnip, sweet potato, eggplant, zucchini, beetroot and broccoli, along with apples, pears, figs, rhubarb and plums.
- Slow down
Life is busy, and it’s easy to let your day-to-day routine become a sprint. Autumn is the perfect time to slow down and enjoy some internal reflection. Nurture yourself by slowing down, in alignment with nature around you.
- Take steps to prevent cold and flu
Whether or not you choose to have a flu vaccination, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of getting ill this winter. Eat immune-boosting foods like garlic and ginger, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands regularly, and encourage your colleagues to stay home from work if they get sick (that includes you!).
- Embrace movement
Far too many people stop exercising when the weather cools down, and spend more time doing sedentary activities indoors. Don’t let cooler temperatures stop you from moving your body. Find a form of movement that you can maintain during autumn and winter, so you don’t fall off the wagon this year. No one wants to have to start all over again in spring!
- Align your lifestyle with the season
As the season shifts, give yourself permission to make appropriate changes to your lifestyle. The shorter days and longer nights are the perfect excuse to take the time to really look after yourself; spend time relaxing, read a book, indulge in some spiced chai tea or start writing that book you’ve always dreamt about writing.