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Autumn is the season when we brace for the upcoming changes of winter and look back at the summer with a certain sentimentality. With huge, seasonal family holidays coming up and the hottest time of year in the rear view, it feels like the time of year to get close. Here are our tips for making the most of the fall season.
Seasonal comfort foods and candy are prevalent in the fall, but there’s a limit on how much of this often unhealthy food you should eat. Try substituting Halloween treats with something more sensible in terms of sugar. No one expects you to avoid all of the celebration candies, but stay mindful of your candy consumption and sugar intake throughout the cooler times.
Another health concern: Autumn brings weeds that trigger allergies. It’s a time when many fascinating fruits, vegetables, and plants grow best, meaning more pollen and other allergens in the air. The fall often yields nutrient-dense crops like apples, pumpkins, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, turnips, and butternut squash. And yes, these plants can all introduce allergens, but since they’re in season and healthy, they make for great affordable groceries!
Get your vitamins
Your body needs sunlight to create Vitamin D, which helps your body absorb calcium and can help keep your mood stable. Vitamin D is vital to your health, so make sure your sun exposure levels and diet are complete and consistent during the fall. Fish, some pork, and most dairy substitutes and actual dairy are high in or enriched with Vitamin D.
Foods rich in Vitamin C, which works well with Vitamin D, can help your immune system ward off seasonal infection. Try incorporating citrus, spinach, garlic, almonds, and ginger into your diet for an immune system boost. Take these cooler months to exercise during daylight hours or in the early evening without the blistering heat and sunburn. Switch up your workout for the temperate season before the cold hits.
Proper rest will lead to superior bodily health and security, and that’s important right now since the start of fall brings cold and flu season. Embrace the short break from the hot season and allow yourself to get some rest before the winter onslaught.
To maintain your circadian rhythm despite daylight savings time, get up and go to sleep at about the same time each day. Proper rest, truly a gift that keeps on giving, is healing and will allow you to make wiser decisions. Good decisions lead to a sense of accomplishment, and your accomplishments are a great conduit to leading a life full of joy and opportunity.
The emotionally charged tree transformation of the fall season is perfect for exploring the arts and crafts. Working with paper or paint, or carving pumpkins, can help you make the most of an autumn weekend afternoon.
The fall is also a great time to learn and refine your craft if you play an instrument. With the cooler temperatures outside, now may be the best time of year to get some practice by a big open window at home or outside on the porch. Take your favorite musical instrument to the park for an exciting, expressive adventure!
How do you make the most of your fall season? Sound off in the comments!