Seasonal Tips for the Autumn

by Janet Gomez

The days are slowly getting shorter. Yet if you're like me you still want to carry on at the same pace as before. In Ayurveda the autumn season is linked with Vata - movement. However, your body is already starting to anticipate the change in season by slowing down but not stopping. There may be times when you feel anxious, unsure, stressed. This is normal at this time.

As we approach the Autumn equinox, a period of transition from the heat of the summer to cooler typically more windy weather, most of us are more sensitive physically and emotionally. Often if we haven't started new activities before the change in season it's hard to get motivated to do so. During the transition it's important to devote time to help your body deal with the changes happening within and externally.

Here are 7 tips to support you during this time. In particular, they'll help you to handle the cold and dryness that dominate during this season and to make the transition a more gentle experience. 

   1.      Include heating spices in your diet e.g. cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and ginger
   2.      Eat warm, soupy, oily, sweet, sour and salty foods
   3.      Consume less raw food        
   4.      Establish a routine of waking up and going to bed early to ground and centre yourself    
   5.      Take more exercise e.g. go for a walk to raise energy levels, do yoga regularly      
   6.      Use warming scents in your home e.g. nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla or sandalwood
   7.      Avoid very cold or frozen foods and drinks and cold dairy products  

Bonus Tip: Go for regular massage and/or massage at least your feet with sesame oil before going to bed at night

Janet Gomez, nutritional consultant, produces the "Nutri-Jyoti News", a free monthly e-newsletter for busy professionals. Feel ready to learn how to use nutritional strategies to manage your energy levels? Then sign up for her FREE e-course "5 Nutritional Keys to Vitality in your Life" on the home page now.

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