Whilst we’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy the warmer weather, don’t be fooled by it, as late summer yields fully into Autumn the way we take care of ourselves now, will dictate whether we have a cosy winter or one fully of colds and allergies.
As the leaves become crispy, dry out and fall to the ground, so will we unless we take sensible, self-care steps. Have a browse through my self-help tips to nurture yourself through to Winter and let me know how you get on.
My Top 10 Autumn Tips:
- Whilst we cling to the last of the late summer sunshine, remember that the air can be cold and drying, consider adding foods to your diet that are the opposite of cold, drying and still. Think of foods that are warm, stimulating and pungent such as garlic, onions, chives, black pepper, ginger, cayenne pepper, horseradish and mustards.
- Start the day with warm teas, slice some fresh ginger bring to the boil and cool to drink.Finish the day with a cosy cup of warm milk with a pinch of black pepper, a 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric and a little honey. It will give you a great night’s sleep.
- Although it’s a great time for clearing out your clutter e.g. look at the sell by dates in your kitchen cupboards and take your unwanted items to the local donation hub or charity shop, it’s a bad time to set yourself up with big goals or deadlines.
Autumn is a time of death, a letting go of things that no longer serve us.
- Instead, take the pressure off and slip slowly into the winter months by considering the equal and opposite; for example Autumn is chilly, blustery, with wind whipping up the leaves in swirls, do the opposite, take time to be still, create small spaces of quiet time to read and relax. It’s a great time to reintroduce the practice of meditation. Take time to bathe in nature, wrap up warm and sit in your local park or take a slow quiet meditative walk.
- Emotionally this is again a good time for letting go of resentments and grudges. Remember though, that forgiving those who have hurt you, doesn’t necessarily mean that you allow them back into your life. It does mean however that you can practice letting go by writing a therapy letters, journalling and even saying out loud “ I forgive you so-and-so for… blah blah …” It really works, but don’t take my word for it, try it yourself!
- As well as being a good time of year for clearing out, it’s also a great time for creating clear boundaries. Are there people who don’t respect your boundaries? Take some time to consider how you will establish the boundaries, think about what you might need to do or say in this respect, so that you’re clear on how to move forward.
- As natural as it is for the leaves fall from the branches at this time of year, it’s all a good time to let the tears fall, go on, give yourself permission to let it go. You’ll likely find when you create time and the right environment, emotions will surface, especially sadness. Allow them space as this is the perfect time to release and clear space.
- As a yoga teacher I encourage the clearing of energy blocks in the body. As we practice bending, stretching, twisting, using breath and visualisation to release tension, it brings a sense of freedom and space. In this way we don’t somatise our ‘stuff’ or push our emotions even deeper into the body’s systems and organs. So don’t be rigid, bend and stretch daily. It’s one of the reasons that students feel so good after a yoga class.
- Now is the time to use more oils and balms to massage into dry skin. Try warmed sesame oil rubbed into your feet or Vick rubbed into the soles of the feet, pop a pair of socks on and sleep like a baby!
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Try This Autumn Meditation
Sit in an upright chair, close your eyes and allow your awareness to move down to your chest ……. allow yourself a little time to tune into the quiet rhythm of your breathing …….. then allow the breath to drop a little deeper down into your abdomen ……. and simply enjoy the deep sense of calm and relaxation that diaphragmatic abdominal breathing brings.
Rest here a while as you observe the miracle of life force and energy moving in and out of your body without you having to do anything at all.