The summer season is all about living a carefree lifestyle, and rightfully so. There’s warmer temperatures, summertime sunshine, days spent at the beach, backyard BBQs, and long weekends away with family and friends. As summer comes to a close, some of us may be looking forward to the start of the fall season, while others may not be ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. Though it can be hard to say so long to the summer, fall can be a wonderful opportunity to reflect and recommit to your health and wellness. Here are five fall wellness tips to help you easily transition from summer to fall.
Fall is the perfect time for fresh starts. As the temperatures begin to cool and kids go back to school to start a new school year, consider fall your second January. Deep clean your home, clean out your closets and recommit yourself to the resolutions you made at the start of the year. You can even make new ones that are more in line with where you find yourself halfway through the year. Grab a pen and notebook, then take some time to reassess your goals and create action steps to help you achieve them well before the new year.
Before you enter full-on hibernation mode this fall, host a so-long-to-summer party. Invite family, friends, and neighbors over for an outdoor cookout. (Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean you have to stop grilling). Though days are shorter and nights are cooler, you can still host cocktail hour and appetizers outdoors while you grill dinner. As the sun starts to set and the air cools down, head indoors to enjoy a meal around the dining room table, or better yet, start a bonfire complete with s’mores for dessert.
As summer fades into fall and the days become shorter and the nights get cool, embrace the changing of the seasons. Cool, crisp weather invites you to take your days outdoors while you enjoy the fall foliage. Shorter days also mean more sleep. Don’t forget to visit the community farmers markets, which are usually open until the end of October. Farmers market stalls are packed with delicious local produce from the fall harvest. Think foods like apples, pumpkins, and squash. Yum!
Honor the shorter days of fall and your natural decrease in energy levels. After the busy summer months, take some time to come down from all of the summertime action and stimulation. The fall season is less about external action and more about taking an internal inventory of where you find yourself in the present moment, so honor this natural transition as the calendar changes. Try adopting a meditation practice or practice sitting still for 10 minutes each day to help ground you in the present moment.
The summer season is all about enjoying cool and refreshing foods, but fall is all about warming foods such as beets, carrots, ginger, pumpkins, squash, turnips, and other root vegetables. These hearty foods warm you up from the inside out. Don’t forget warming seasonings and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. and find out the deeper reason you should eat with the seasons.
Bonus: If the end of summer really gives you the blues, plan something special. Whether it’s a trip to your favorite apple orchard and pumpkin patch or a long weekend away to take in all of the fall foliage, get something on the calendar that will give you something to look forward to on those cooler fall days when you miss summer most.
As we transition from summer into fall, remember these five tips to help you embrace the changing of the seasons and make the most of fall. Happy fall, Ya’ll!
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