Summer has officially wrapped up and Fall is in full swing. For some adapting to the changing seasons and weather can be difficult. As the temperatures drop and the long summer days transition into shorter ones you may find yourself in a funk. We’ve put together these 10 essential tips so that you can stay healthy (both physically and mentally) this fall.
1. Dress for the Changing Weather
Fall is notorious for varying temperatures. With chilly mornings and warm afternoons you might find yourself conflicted about what to wear. Wearing layers is the perfect solution. Start with thinner lighter layers and layer on up with heavier clothing that can be removed if needed. Be sure to stock up on cold weather essentials such as a warm coat, gloves, a hat, socks and warm footwear.
2. Schedule and Annual Checkup and Flu Shot
The changing fall weather unfortunately brings more illness. With lowered immune systems due to temperature drops and a lack in Vitamin D you may find yourself down for the count with a cold, or even worse, the flu, which can be dangerous. Take precautions by scheduling your annual physical check up and be sure to get a flu shot.
3. Prepare for Daylight Savings Time in Advance
It feels like Daylight Savings always sneaks right up on us every time!. The shift in time can wreak havoc on your routine and sleep schedule as your body adjusts to the change. Daylight Savings happens on the first Sunday of November. Luckily, we will “fall back” and gain an extra hour of sleep. Not without a cost though, days will become shorter and that can throw off your routine. Prepare for this by staying up a little later each night the week leading up to the time change.
4. Increase Hand Washing
With more illness and germs floating around you will want to be sure to practice good hand washing habits. You can prevent the spread of colds, flu, and stomach bugs by properly washing your hands. Give your hand a vigorous scrub with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching door handles with your freshly cleaned hands if possible. It doesn’t hurt to carry hand sanitizer as well.
5. Swap Out Summer Bedding for Heavier Bedding
Nobody enjoys climbing into an icy cold bed, especially when it’s cold outside! Fall is the perfect time to put away your lighter linens and swap them out for heavier bedding to keep you warm and cozy at night. Our Vilano Springs Plush Down Alternative Comforter is a perfect choice! Not only will it keep you warm and comfortable, it’s available in 18 different colors.
6. Stay on a Schedule
Fall is known for the start of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Along with school being back in session and shorter days, it's understandable to find your routine falling by the wayside. As difficult as it can be, keeping a steady routine is crucial for your health and wellness. Prepare dinners in advance if possible and be sure to go to sleep at a consistent time each night.
7. Eat Warming Foods
It’s time to swap out your cold summer dishes for warm soothing foods. Fall is a great time to break out your Crock Pot and make comforting dishes such as stews, soups and chili. Trade in your go-to morning ice coffee for a warm cup of coffee or tea.
8. Stay Active
Staying active in the fall can be a challenge. It’s so easy to skip your morning jog when it’s chilly outside. It's important to remind yourself to stay active during the cold months ahead. Fall is a perfect time to enjoy a brisk walk with the changing leaves. If you normally exercise outdoors and are finding it difficult to stay active, consider switching things up and trying a new activity indoors such as yoga or a spin class.
9. Don't Overindulge
If only this one was as easy as it sounds. Fall is known for sweet treats and feasts with family and friends. If your overindulge you may find yourself feeling tired and sluggish. Try to keep sugary treats and heavy meals for special occasions and be mindful of portion sizes. This will keep you feeling energetic and fit this fall.
10. Make Time for Self Care
Last but definitely not least, make time to practice self care. I can’t stress how important this one is. With busier work days, shorter evenings, and holiday preparation it is so easy to find yourself depleted and worn out. Schedule time to snuggle up with your favorite book or soak in a warm bath with your favorite scented candle. By making time to relax and recharge you will find yourself feeling more energetic and happy.