Practical self-care tips to support your well-being and balance.
At the change of season from Summer to Fall, it is time to take out our warmer sweaters and scarves, spend more time at home, and perhaps even turn on the heat! Changes in seasons are opportune times to change our lifestyles to support well-being and balance.
According to Ayurveda, India’s traditional healing medicine system, Fall is a time when Vata, Wind, or the energy of Movement is most prevalent.
When it is in a balanced state, it can influence behavior leading to creativity, quick-thinking, enthusiasm, and clarity. However, when it is out of balance, qualities such as cold, dry & rough become more pronounced, showing up as dry skin, feeling cold especially in the limbs, a restless mind & unpredictable digestion.
The following are practical self-care tips to help keep these Vata qualities in balance:
Favor warming spices like ginger and turmeric
- During the Fall, it can be easy to catch colds and cases of flu. These spices are well-known for their antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting properties. Add them to tea to boost immunity and prevent sickness
Avoid raw vegetables
- Ayurveda believes that eating cold vegetables at this time of year taxes our digestive system leading to weakened immunity, mental instability, and digestive discomfort. Favoring foods like soups and stews to salads is ideal.
- Following circadian rhythm, or the natural cycles of light & day, allows our microbiome to work more efficiently. Finding a routine bedtime and wake time is ideal for creating stability and structure.
Incorporate grounding yoga
- Having a yoga practice focused on grounding postures, meditation, and deep breathing, allows the body to stabilize the nervous system, adrenals and increase its capacity to detoxify itself.