Self care helps us to relax, avoid vitamin b12 deficiency, seasonal affective disorder, and coronavirus. The weather gets cold, we get less sun, so during the fall and winter months we need to take good care of our bodies.
Brew your favorite fall drink.
For me that is Turmeric Ginger tea.
Ginger and turmeric are both anti-inflammatory and soothing to drink. I notice my outlook on things change when I drink a warm beverage. Turns out there is science behind it. The study, Experiencing Physical Warmth Promotes Interpersonal Warmth, found that even holding a warm drink can make you feel that people around you are more friendly and leave you open to more experiences with them. Seasonal affective disorder is a common problem during the colder months, so warm anti-inflammatory drinks may just help. Here is also a lemon ginger tea recipe
You can make hot cider, hot chocolate, a Pumpkin Spice Latte, or even just hot water and lemon. What warm drink can make the season change seem warmer to you?
Find a heated or weighted blanket
If you feel like you need more physical touch a weighted blanket can be really comforting the transition into fall. As published by Psychology today, Gaby Badre, M.D., Ph.D explained that “The pressure provides a reassuring and cocooning feeling,”. Weighted blankets help many people with insomnia, anxiety, and seasonal affective disorder. It just might be the thing to help you through the loss of daylight hours.
The cold weather might make your bedtime routine a little chilly. A wonderful solution that is extra relaxing is a heated blanket or thermophore. A toasty blanket is enough to warm up any fall breeze and can help your muscles relax.
Stock up on vitamins
Vitamin B12 deficiency is a major problem during the winter months and can contribute to seasonal affective disorder and to your susceptibility to coronavirus. While planning out vitamins for the winter months might not be the most fun thing, you have to make sure you have enough vitamin b12, vitamin C, and many others during the winter months. Of course talk to your doctor before adding any supplements or medications.
Begin planning fun recipes for thanksgiving or other holidays.
When fall starts I start to experiment in the kitchen to decide what I want to make for the holidays coming up. One of my favorite fall recipes is baked stew because it is so comforting and soothing to me and includes so many vegetables. Another fun fall recipe is Mediterranean Chickpea stew, check it out on our blog.
Pace out your days for success.
As the days are changing how can you pace your day to get what you need to get done while you have the motivation? What are the most important things to get down today? What time of the day do you feel like you have the most energy? This may have changed since the summer season. We have to always reevaluate how our pacing plan is working for us. What self-care activities can you use to get your energy to a higher set point?
Of course, there are more than five ways to relax this fall. I enjoy going in the hot tub as the weather gets colder. My husband and I go on some higher elevation hikes that will soon be too cold to traverse. I go out anytime there is sun to make sure I take advantage of the vitamins. I read my favorite book by our fire, or a heater. What are some ways that you plan on relaxing this season?