Fall is a time of transition, its the space between the end and the beginning, shedding the old to make way for the new. Fall is all about the pause and reflection. The leaves change colors from green to warmer reds and yellows before eventually turning brown and falling off the tree. The sunny days get shorter, the winds begin to blow and we layer up with scarves and blankets to welcome crisp, cool evenings. Naturally, our bodies begin to crave warm, comforting foods as we see apples, persimmons, carrots, and other hardy fruits and vegetables in abundance. Oh and the smell of Fall! Cinnamon, nutmeg, cranberry, pumpkin, nut breads, cider, cider donuts.. wait, where was I? Focus.
The slow summer days abruptly become full of activities and commitments. This season of irregularity has some people feeling more anxious and distracted or completely depleted. Fall can be extremely windy, rough, and unpleasant and our bodies can feel dry, exhausted, constipated and uncomfortable. As always, what we eat and how we move plays a huge part in how we feel. As the season shifts, so should you. Take a moment to notice how you usually feel during this time of the year and make choices to keep yourself warm and calm. To help maintain digestive balance, bring in the aromatic flavors of fall by using warming spices like cinnamon and cardamom, and cook with more root vegetables and seasonal fruits. Connect with nature to stay grounded. Keep your skin moisturized and protected from the dry, windy weather. Create a routine (and stick to it) to reduce anxiety and keep you from taking on too much. Fall is a great time for consistent, moderate exercise that builds heat and keeps the body warm and fluid. Allow yourself to transition emotionally as well. Don’t fight the feelings that come up for you this season. Some things may need to come to and end during this time, enjoy the process of letting go and opening up to future possibilities. Focus on staying steady and let yourself unfold into the rebirth of winter.