It may not be what we want to hear but the transition from Summer to Autumn isn't too far away. As we're now in September we have until the 20th to make the most of the remaining summer. Whether the weather will shift at this time remains to be seen - we are being treated to warmer days and sunshine too so fingers crossed this continues.
However there is no way to stop the natural cycle from occuring and far better to embrace it and move forward with a positive mind-set than cling to the past.
Easier said than done you might be thinking. If you've read my previous blogs you'll know that Summer is my favourite season and so letting go of everything this brings is not something I like to do each year.
As well as losing out on the sunshine, we apparently are most susceptible to catching colds etc 10 days either side of the seasonal change. That means that from 10th Sep- 30th Sep we need to do everything we can to stay as healthy as possible.
I haven't met one person who's said they're not feeling better as a result of the summer weather. Let's keep ourselves up and all the body's resources as best we can.
How as a local community can we best help ourselves to remain in good health ? Here are some suggestions as we prepare for Autumn. Most of the following is common sense and what you're probably doing already.
14 Suggestions to help you stay well into Autumn
Early to bed - aiming to be asleep by 10pm which means not spending time on the computer after 8pm to allow my brain to unwind before a quality rejuvenating sleep.
Early Rise - although you may not feel like it, it's still bright from around 6am.
Spend as much time as you can outdoors. It's still warm enough and you can make the most of the bright and dry days.
Go for an active walk and ask along a friend if you're more motivated by company. Join a lcoal walking group - not only will your health improve but it's a great way to make new friends. We are spoilt for choice in Perth & Kinross & our neighbouring regions of Fife & Clackmannanshire with superb walks on our doorstep. Make the most of them.
Vitamin D - a good quality Vitamin D supplement will help to keep your immune system up. Don't wait till Winter kicks in before taking this, start now to prevent a drop.
Vitamin C - each day I'm taking this vitamin to keep my immune system up and avoid catching anything.
Garlic & Ginger - juicing and cooking with these 2 superfoods ( they're maybe not called that but I believe they are ) to further boost immunity
Epsom Salt Baths - once Autumn officially kicks in I will be making time to soak in a salty bath or if need be a foot basin before bed. Both great ways to help cleanse the mind/body and help the blood by replacing lost minerals.
Eat fresh food daily - cooking fresh food daily is one of the best ways to look after yourself. Home cooking is much better for your than any take away or ready mean can offer.
Soups are a great evening meal to have with the seasonal veg and are very warming for the soul as we enter cooler days. Easily digested at night, they support your body to heal when it sleeps rather than dealing with digestion.
Avoid too much TV. The Olympics is almost over - sadly! Instead enjoy an evening walk, spend time in your garden or a local nature area and observe what's happening around you. Notice the birds, trees, and how the light changes as we approach the shorter days with the sun. All of this will help you to feel more in tune with your natural environment and avoid it being a big shock to your system.
Take up a new hobby - as the seasons change why not help to keep yourself fresh with a new activity that nurtures your passions. Art class, crafts, music or join a choir, try a new sport. There are classes available to suit all ages and levels of fitness. Or get your brain working in a different way and learn a new language. It's never too late to start something new and will bring a new freshness your body and mind will thank you for.
Make time for your friends - so simple, enjoyable and good for your soul. With no money required you can spend quality time with your family / friends and everyone will benefit from it.
Last but not certainly least - keep your yoga practise going. Alternate Nostril Breathing is a great daily practise to get into as it helps the left/right hemispheres stay connected. We want this connection to be as strong as possible to support the body through unwanted stress that change can bring.
Be pro-active and embrace the change as we enter Autumn. Let me know if you find any of the above useful or if there's something I've missed out.
Thanks to the lovely Lisa who's been helping me to obtain optimal health this year I am now using the company Health Leads for my vitamin supplements of C & D. They're an eco friendly company who sell high quality products at a fair price. See www.healthleadsuk.com for more info on this company based in Wales.