Now that Labor Day weekend seems like a distant memory, it’s time to take steps into transitioning into the upcoming season. Although fall doesn’t officially start until a week away (Sunday, September 23rd), now is the time to prepare.
Here are my tips to stay refreshed during this time of the year:
As the seasons shift, it’s the perfect time to begin to cultivate some stillness in your daily life. Take time to connect with yourself. Make it a point to reduce the amount of rushing, traveling, and running around that you are doing. Just like the world is preparing for a long winter’s rest, begin to draw your energy inward. Start to focus in on your home life. Stay in more. Make your home cozy and warm. Invest in a good blanket. Write. Meditate. Practice yoga.
Give Your Skin Some Love
Fall time is a common time for the skin to get dry. Ground yourself with daily self-massage. I like to use hydrating serum in cooler weather. Make sure you always make sure you have lotion at all times as well. Creating daily self-care rituals is a great way take charge of your own health.
Create A New Rhythm
Sticking to regular exercise and a bed routine can go a long way in creating balance. Also, now that summer is over and traveling every weekend is dying down, now is the time to fit in a little exercise. Try a new exercise class or even just start the habit of taking walks after dinner. Our bodies do best when in rhythm with nature. On that note, go to bed early and rise early. We need extra rest during times of transition.
Focus On Warm, Nourishing Foods
The seasons affect us not only in how we react to the outside climate but also by the foods that are naturally available to us. Take a look a round and notice what foods come into season in the fall. Winter squash, pumpkins, apples, sweet potatoes, root vegetables and dark leafy greens. While we may enjoy light salads and cold drink in the summer, fall time begs for highly nutritious, warm, cooked foods and drinks. For example, soups, stews and anything cooked in a crockpot properly are highly encouraged. If you give your body what it needs when it needs it, you will feel balanced and strong.
Clean Out the Old
Just like spring cleaning, this is a time when you clear out the old to make room for the new. I’m not talking about getting rid of all your summer clothes (remember to keep some pieces for layering and spontaneous trips to warmer climates 😉 ), but to put away your summer items, and refresh your closet with seasonally appropriate clothing. I will say, it’s always cathartic to donate clothing I have not worn in years, do not feel amazing in or does not fit properly. I will continue to suggest you Marie Kondo your closet at least every other season.
Any tips you have for moving into fall seamlessly?