I wanted to give you some ideas to ease yourself into the fall months; to feel your best so you can revel in and experience the beauty and comfort that is this beautiful time of year. I used to look forward to the idea of fall so much, but in my teens and early twenties, my lack of self care for my mind + body left me unable to truly embrace the season. I enjoyed the possibility of relishing cider, spending cozy times with friends + family, baking with pumpkin spice, and soaking into the feeling of warm blankets with a good book and a roaring fire; but my lifestyle choices made it impossible for me to experience the reality of these wants coming into fruition. My hope for you is that you chose to carve out the space for your personal well-being as we make a transition into this autumn season so that you are able to love your experience in it. Not just the idea of fall, but the actual presence and reality in the midst of all of what you want to experience. And if you want to have great experiences, it all starts first with feeling great in your body. Here are my best suggestions to embrace the shift this fall:
- Eat healthy and balance that blood sugar. Balancing your blood sugar (as I talked about in my previous post, helps you to stay grounded and balanced in your body physically and emotionally. The change from summer to fall has the opportunity to send you for a little tailspin, so focusing on wholesome eating, incorporating a ton of cooked plants, and good quality protein should be at the top of your priority list. (And if you do this 80% of the time, you won't feel as icky after indulging in fall treats here and there. In fact, you will actually be able to enjoy the experience) Keep in mind that eating healthy during the fall + winter months doesn't mean exactly the same as it did during spring and summer. When the weather starts to cool down, start thinking about sweet potatoes, lentils, coconut oil, and spices. Experiment with warming and grounding seasonal foods and bring some comfort and heaviness back into your diet, after enjoying summer's light and airy foods. Puréed soups are great for fall and winter, as well as sautéed veggies, plus amping up your use of herbs and spices in cooking. Utilizing herbs and spices is a wonderful way to keep your blood circulation in tip top condition and your immunity strong. I love this mushroom soup recipe and a homemade pumpkin spice latte doesn't sound half bad either.
- Make rest a priority. Think of ways to give back to yourself that are restful and allow you to recharge. Baths, breathing exercises, restorative yoga, journaling, picking out a good fall book, or simply laying down and doing nothing. Making time to rest and/or scheduling in free space into our calendars allows not only for restoration, but for spontaneous magic in our lives. If we are scheduling out every last second, going and doing, we lose the opportunity to touch base with what we need in the moment, what our physical and emotional selves are yearning for to maintain and create balance and wellbeing in our lives. So take, as well as make, many opportunities to rest and just be this fall.
- Try this exercise. Dive into a calm and cozy space with a pen and journal. Take a few deep breaths. Start to imagine your perfect autumn season. Write down exactly what your dream fall looks and feels like. Incorporate what you see, who you are with, and how you feel while you are experiencing your epic fall. Write down your visualization in the present tense. Putting the idea out into the universe, and stepping into that vibration, is a catalyst for starting to make your vision come into reality.
- Connect with nature. Notice her shifts; in light, in color, in smell. Get to know how she is changing and interact with that change. The closer and more in tune you become with the change that is happening in the outside natural world, the more ease you will experience on the inside and the more gracefully you will shift with the seasons. Take time away from the screens, stressors, and whatever else you have going on and hop outside solo, with your family, or friends
- Reduce screen time. My husband said to me the other day, " When people grow old and look back on their lives, they are no longer going to say I wish I spent less time working, but I wish I spent less time looking at a screen." Wise one, that man. I'm not even going to launch into the affects that screens have on our physical health, but I simply wanted to make the point that if you want to enjoy the beautiful fall season, you are going to miss out on a lot of opportunities if you are buried in your screen the whole time. When the weather becomes less inviting outside, it can be so easy to reach for a device. But place some limitations around your screens. We just implemented a new family rule that we are shutting off the wireless at 7pm every night. We felt as though we were wasting good opportunities to create art, spend time connecting with each other, reading, baking, and the list goes on. Its a flexible rule (we will still watch a show here and there and requests can be made) but for the most part, we are going to try our best to experience each other (and our talents!) more and our screens less.
- Hydrate. Adding more water to your everyday routine has countless benefits. To name a few, excellent hydration helps to: detoxify your system, clear up your skin, increase energy, support your bowls, prevent headaches, and aid digestion. Get hydrated with plain water or by infusing it with fruits + herbs, or by eating fresh produce, enjoying brothy soups, drinking smoothies, and pouring yourself herbal teas. Cutting back on alcohol and coffee will also help you to stay hydrated this season.
Two more amazing opportunities for you to help experience self care and the transition to fall are....
1. The Nourish 360 program for women happening at Happy Girl Kitchen Co. this September + October. This women's month long program is a wonderful way to create space to dedicate to your physical + emotional health, plus connect with other like-minded women. Learn tools to support a healthy diet, self-care, and connection with others. Right now I am running a promotion if you sign up for the program with a friend or loved one. Sign up together to support one another to make great changes and feel amazing. Either together or solo, this program is a killer deal, chock full of support, information, feel good meetings, and so much more. Also....
2. My first e-book, A Guided Journal For Your Day, is coming out September 22nd to help you tune in to your inner knowledge, joy, and healing. A guided journal is a journal that includes intentional prompts to help you tune into and work through specific situations, feelings, and most importantly uncover your innate wisdom. I am so excited about this project being released. It has been many months in the works, and it turned out beautifully. In these 25 beautiful pages, my hope is that it will give you the space to find joy, healing, and increased health inside your body.
Happy (almost) Fall Y'all!