5 Tips to Stay Healthy in Autumn
Good health is not just physical. It’s emotional, mental, and social, too, and a matter of managing our stress levels. I treat lots of patients out-of-balance due to stress and lifestyle. I hope these 5 tips to stay healthy in autumn help you find balance in your life this fall.
1. Cover Your Neck
Many of you already know this one, because you’ve heard me say it for years. In Chinese Medicine, a draft on the back of the neck, especially if your pores are open from sweating, exercise, the shower, etc., can let drafts enter the pores and create a cold. Covering your neck is a great way to prevent colds. Wear shirts with collars and/ or scarves (or both!) to keep your neck warm and protected.
2. Eat More Cooked, Warm Foods
It’s time to switch over to eating more cooked, warm foods. Especially now that the temperature dropped a lot, there’s less warmth in the air to support the body’s own heating system. Start eating more cooked foods, like soups and stews, and decrease the salads and raw, uncooked foods. It’s time to break out the crock pot. And, sorry people, the time for ice cream this year is over.
3. Decrease Your Activity Levels
Now is the time to wind down from the active times of spring and summer, and prepare for (what should be, but often isn’t) the most quiet and restful time of year, winter. Fall is the transition time, and time to slow down, rest more, and sleep a bit longer. Most likely, the cool gray weather is already helping you with this one. Follow mother nature, slow down, and recharge your batteries.
4. Take time to Reflect
Autumn is the season of Metal in Chinese Medicine, and Metal is clear and reflective. It’s a great time of year to slow down, reflect, reevaluate, and meditate. Sometimes we need reminders to do this, and fall is the perfect time. Reflect on where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you’re going. Realign and rebalance if you need to. This is the time to rebalance your lifestyle from the active of summer, to the more calm and restful in winter. If you’re not meditating, now is a perfect time to start.
5. Enjoy the Harvest
Autumn is harvest season. It’s time to harvest the fruits of your labors for the year. If you’ve been all work and no play, now is a good time to plan a vacation, do things that make you happy, and enjoy fruits of your hard work. Identify the things that cause stress in your life, and cut out the ones that you can.
Seasonal changes this time of year cause lots of colds, and are a great time for a “tune-up”. So if you’re overdue for a treatment, now’s a great time to get balanced and healthy to prepare for winter.
Also make sure you’re stocked up on your Chinese herbal formulas in case a cold does try getting started. We’re stocked up and ready for cold and fu season in the office. Let us know if you need refills.
If you have any questions, call to see how we can help you feel better today.