Find ways to reconnect this season. Nature picnics in the cooler breeze with Autumn all around.
Autumn: The changing of the seasons and the shifting of ourselves
Can you feel it yet? The seasons have begun to shift and Autumn is in the air. Sunrise is getting later and mornings have a cooler chill to the air. The leaves will start falling and photographers everywhere will rejoice at the colour scheme. As we leave summer behind, Autumn allows us to slow down after the hustle of the warmer months.
Autumn is a time of transition when we move our bodies and our lives into a state of cool. We work to rid the residual heat of summer and begin storing nourishment for the winter. It is easy to see how when you take time to stop and watch how nature changes around us. Trees turn inwards; stopping production of chlorophyll and changing colours of their leaves to prepare for reduced sunlight. Their growth slows and they eventually drop all their leaves. Reduced rainfall means they need to conserve water within their cells and leaves is one less thing they need to hydrate. They slow growth, becoming dormant to save energy for the burst of spring. And so, as nature changes around us, so too can we be inspired to embrace the change within ourselves. Slowing down can allow us time to re-evaluate our lives, our priorities and re-focus our time.
How does Autumn affect our lifestyle?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Autumn marks the beginning of the Yin part of the year. Connecting with nature, we can begin to find ourselves slowing down, turning inwards and begin to reflect. With shorter days and longer nights, we have more time to ourselves. Take advantage of those cooler, shorter days to turn your thoughts inwards. Use meditation, journaling or self-care to reflect on the previous season. Find ways to honour yourself, connecting mind, body and soul.
Consider your thoughts, take time to use some to best Autumn essential oils to support this change in seasons. Use oils that have warming nature; that can inspire warmth and passion in otherwise cooler times and that can combat low energy and lack of motivation.
TIP: Blend 12 drops of orange, 3 drops of cinnamon, 3 drops of clove and 2 drops of nutmeg in a dropper vial and use 2-3 drops in your diffuser at a time.
Preparing your home for Autumn
The time for hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga). The darker days and colder nights can sometimes alter your mood. Creating an atmosphere of joy and happiness in your indoor spaces can help sustain yourself through darkness.
Hygge represents cosiness, wellbeing and happiness so bring the outdoors in! Replace what your mind is getting less of from the outdoors. Think energy, light, warmth.
3 tips to create Hygge in your home this Autumn.
- Lighting: Move around your lamps to create a warm cosy feel. Use fairy lights in part of the house to re-create that magical mood.
- Create a cosy nook. Throw some cushions and a rug down near your armchair, lampshade nearby and a pile of Autumn reading books
- Invite your friends around. Bring back the old fashioned cosy evenings at the dining table with family and friends. Simple warm casserole and tasty homemade bread and a pumpkin pie for dessert. Just screams ‘HOO-GA’ doesn’t it!
- Recreate the scents of spring to uplift the mood. Create a diffuser blend using lime, grapefruit and sweet orange for a fresh uplifting feel. Or bergamot, lavender and neroli for a sweeter, floral fragrance.
Is Autumn a time for more sleep?
The days get shorter, the nights get longer and sun rises later. Which is great if you have children who wake at the crack of dawn. However, it can throw our own sleep patterns off as we want to sleep more. Scientifically, because we are exposed to less sunlight our bodies crave extra sleep but doesn’t necessarily mean better quality. Try to keep your sleep schedule the same ensuring you get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Make sure you get in some sunshine each day, morning light if you can. It is believed that morning light can help to increase the level of serotonin which is important for sleep. If you are at work, consider a lunchtime walk outside – the exercise will help you sleep better too. Utilise the darker evenings, slow down, switch off, write in your journal, diffuse some essential oils before bed and get a good nights sleep.
Why eating seasonally makes sense.
Years ago, when we foraged for food, winter was traditionally the season of limited food supply. So, our bodies are hard wired to consume heartier, carb laden foods that our body can store to see us through the long winter. However, we don’t have these evolutionary problems any more so to ensure we stay healthy over winter make sure you are consuming fresh produce that is in season. Buy from your local farmers market, knowing they are producing good quality food that is in season and has not had to travel far to get to you.
And don’t forget to stay hydrated. The lack of warm weather does not mean we need to drink less!
Immune support for colder weather
The cooler fresher air gives us opportunities to release our breath and breathe deeper in order to combat respiratory issues. Essential oils that help tonify the body, and strengthen our immune system, opening our respiratory system are leaf based oils.
- Black spruce
- Tea tree
2 drops eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary, tea tree and thyme (linalool CT) and diffuse for 2 hours in the morning.
Adventure in the cooler weather
Depending on where you live, Autumn is one of those seasons that lends itself to nature. Not only is it beautiful to watch but the temperatures are gorgeous! Cool days that are not too cold, nature collections in every colour and those photos! Getting outside this time of year can led to some incredible family photos with the beautiful autumn colours in the background. It is also good to stay active and reconnect as a family. Holidays become less active, why not take the board games and challenge the family to a monopoly-thon! Build memories and enjoy your time together.
So, Summer is over. It is time to let go. Not only of the hustle and bustle of the busy season but of anything that is not serving you well. Evaluate the family calender. Make it a priority to slow down and conserve energy as you move into the nourishment of winter. Find the time to reconnect, not only with nature but with yourself too.
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