Here are a few simple things you can add to your daily/weekly routine to help “arm” you for Fall:
- Embrace the cooler/cold weather! Bundle up and try to get outside for at least 10 minutes on most days of the week. Even just a short amount of time will boost your energy, your mood and get you moving.
- Change your evening routine. Try doing a short bout of exercise like core-work, stretching or climbing stairs instead of plopping on the couch for the evening. Another good “swap” would be to make yourself a “mock-tail” of seltzer, fruit juice or fresh fruit instead of that calorie laden glass of wine or beer. This will save you a LOT of calories!
- Use brighter light bulbs in your lamps and fixtures during the day and evening to boost your mood and help reduce the “blues” associated with shorter days and the feeling of fatigue that naturally comes when it’s dark!
- Sign up for a new activity or fitness class with friends to give you something to look forward to that combines fun, social time with a great boost to your fitness and health.
- Try something to help you relax when you feel stress building up. Some ideas are using essential oils in a diffuser, doing yoga or meditation, praying, reading or simple taking a “time out” in a quiet room.
- Take a little time to go through your comfort food recipes like chili or chicken and noodles and give them a healthy make-over. For instance with your chili you could choose to reduce the meat or use turkey instead of beef or sausage, or use veggies and reduce the pasta in your chicken and noodle recipe. Many great ideas can be found on line that are delicious but healthy and still very comforting!
My final thought about approaching Fall is to see all the seasons as an opportunity to renew and refresh with each day. Taking a mindful approach by choosing what you will eat and do and planning ahead for your particular challenges will help you overcome those old ingrained habits that can bring you down. I sincerely hope you have a happy, healthy and joyous Fall season!