As the days grow shorter and the weather cools down, many find themselves longing for a change. After a summer of relaxed routines, the prospect of a new season can be invigorating. If you’re looking to hit the reset button on your habits, fall is the perfect time to do it. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Eat more fall foods
As summer comes to a close, many people begin to crave heartier, more comforting foods. There are a few reasons for this. For one, the weather starts to cool down, and we naturally want to eat foods that will warm us up from the inside. In addition, as the days grow shorter, we may start to feel slightly tired and sluggish. Fall foods can help with this by providing grounding energy. Root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and beets are especially helpful in this regard. They tend to be hearty and filling without being too heavy. So as summer winds down, make sure to stock up on these fall favorites. Your body will thank you for it!
Create a morning routine
The slower days of summer can make it hard to stick to a solid morning routine, but there’s no better time to start than the beginning of a new season. Wake up early and spend some time doing something you enjoy, whether it’s reading, taking a walk, or writing in a journal. Not only will this help you start your day on the right foot, but it will also give you something to look forward to each morning.
Even though the end of the year is within sight, you can still make progress with your goals. You can even get on top of the ones you promised yourself you’d do in January. Keep it simple by vowing to add more vegetables to your meals, keeping up with workouts, or sticking with your daily meditation.
Clear out clutter
We tend to associate spring with cleaning, but there’s no reason you can’t do that in fall. By cleaning and organizing, you can help reduce stress and anxiety. You’ll be able to find things more easily when you need them and it will also help you to optimize your routines.
Correct your sleep schedule
As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, our bodies naturally crave more sleep. Unfortunately, that’s often easier said than done, and our rhythm can get out of whack with the time change. If you’re having trouble winding down at night, try disconnecting from electronics an hour before bed and reading a relaxing book instead. You can also try adding an extra pillow topper to your mattress or investing in a comfortable pair of pajamas. Just a few small changes can make a big difference in getting a good night’s rest.
Know where to draw the line
Fall is also a time when the events and gatherings start to really pick up. It’s okay to decline last-minute plans when you’re spread too thin. Keep in mind that when you aren’t feeling rested, and life feels chaotic, you should tune into your body and give it what it needs.
Following these simple steps will help you physically and mentally reset this fall season, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated just in time for winter!
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