The days are shorter. Your skin’s losing its summer glow, the trees are shedding their leaves and you’ve started pulling the jumpers and blankets from the back of the wardrobe.
But it’s not all doom and sunless gloom. On autumn’s rusty arrival, there are so many little things you can do for your body and mind to ensure you absorb all the good stuff and adapt like the seasons. Start right here…
Naturally, when the temperatures dip, we reach for comfort foods. Thick, hearty soups and stodgy breads, all the carbs we resisted when we’re slinking around between sea and sand.
But actually, eating well in autumn and winter can help you feel less sluggish and preserve your energy levels too. Full of Goodness is the ideal go-between. They’re both substantial and satisfying, while being super good for you too.
Packed full of proteins and fibres to keep your body fighting fit through cold and flu season and in a range of tasty exotic flavours that bring back those summer vibes.
Throw some Mediterranean Quinoa into a jacket potato with a dash of lemon for a hearty fibre-fest or mix some Chinese Citrus Spelt with prawns and veg for a quick zesty supper.
Hands up who’d rather catch a few extra winks than do a few extra laps round your local park? It’s so tempting to pull up the covers and snooze longer when the nights draw in but moving more keeps our bodies and minds ticking over, our hearts healthy and our lungs breathing well.
Sign up for a Saturday morning parkrun and jog 5k with your mates to get the endorphins pumping early on or enjoy an autumn sunset while walking the dog in the breezy forests. A little more exercise in the day or evening promotes good sleep patterns too so you’ll feel more alert around the clock.
Find the light
Catch the autumn sun any way you can. Our bodies need vitamin D all year round so absorbing sunlight is vital for feeling well when there are more clouds in the sky. From escaping the office to stroll on your lunch break to investing in a SAD lamp that gently wakes you up naturally, the light is your friend this season.