Fall is a season of change. The summer starts to fade away, and the leaves show the world how beautiful it can be to let go and rest. The change in seasons also means the onset of cold and flu season, as well as the long winter months without sun.
Taking time to prepare your body for the change of seasons will help you have a healthy fall. Here are four steps to take today.
Get Some Good Rest
The change of seasons can cause challenges in your sleep patterns. For many, fall brings with it a more structured schedule that fell away during the summer. Late nights become early mornings, and the change in temperature can cause disruptions.
Prioritizing good rest will help your body head into cold and flu season with a stronger disposition. Try to get to bed a little earlier and create a sleep routine that helps you wake up naturally. If you have trouble sleeping, CBD oils are a great addition to your evening routine. Massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractor visits can also help you sleep better.
Change Your Seasonal Menu
During the fall, it’s important to focus on getting enough nutrients to support your immune system. Weight management also plays a key role in immunity. What better way to accomplish both then to change your seasonal menu and re-focus on meal planning?
Eating seasonal produce has numerous benefits. First and foremost, it provides an opportunity to eat local and vary your diet. Secondly, eating seasonally has cost benefits; food that’s easier to harvest at this time of year will be more affordable to eat.
Tweak or Start Your Exercise Routine
Even avid gym-goers have a hard time sticking to their routine in the summer. The change in weather also changes how some people exercise. For example, runners have to plan summer runs carefully as not to get heat exhaustion. In the fall, the weather gets nicer, but the night starts earlier.
The fall is a great time to start a new exercise routine or adapt to the one you have. Start by setting some SMART goals for your fitness and schedule some time to move every day. Not only will this help you build great habits before the holiday season, but it will further boost your immunity.
Get Your Vitamins
While eating seasonally and filling your diet with minimally-processed food is an effective way to get vitamins, sometimes there are some gaps.
Consider taking vitamin supplements to help prepare your body for the colder months. Vitamin C can boost your immune system and help you fight off colds. Vitamin D is also essential as the days get shorter, as it plays a crucial role in offsetting the impacts of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
It’s estimated that 94% of adults and 99% of girls aged 14-18 fail to get enough Vitamin E. This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant found in leafy greens, nuts, and seeds. It’s an important nutrient for boosting immunity and preventing illness.
By focusing on these four steps, you can prepare your body for autumn. By doing so, you’ll have a stronger immune system and lead a happier, healthier life year-round.