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Self Care Tips as the Weather Changes and the Holidays Approach

| 10/24/2018 9:54:00 AM

If you are lucky enough to experience fall, I hope you are enjoying what the season has to offer. For many of us, we are probably hunkering down, gearing up for the colder season and the busy holiday season. The unfortunate reality is that the change in season, plus the stress of the holidays can put a strain on our body and our body’s natural defenses. Remember to take care of yourself so that you may be fully present to enjoy the next few months.

Sleep Well

Getting enough sleep is the most important thing we can do for ourselves and our body. Sleep is the only time our body can repair itself. For many of us, our circadian rhythm is off because we live in a 24/7 world. We are constantly exposed to light (false sunlight) that tricks our body into thinking the body should continue to stay awake. People sometimes have a hard time sleeping when the clocks are adjusted because their body has to get used to the amount of light it is exposed to. Many things also vie for our attention that it becomes hard to shut down. Without quality sleep, the body struggles to fight illness, repair cells, and clean out old cells.

As you prepare for the many changes coming up for the fall and winter season, consider taking a look at your sleep routine. With the days getting shorter, many of us will be more apt to stay in and it’s important that instead of going to a higher quantity of sleep that we go for good quality.

  • Institute a nighttime routine that will allow you to disconnect from electronics and slow down the brain. Meditating or reading a good old-fashioned book can help with this.
  • Experiment with leaving your phone outside the bedroom. If you need an alarm clock, find one that is not connected to the internet and has a dim light. This will reduce temptation to check it before you go to bed and immediately after you get up.
  • Get comfortable and opt for organic linens that breathe to keep your core temperature stable. This may mean testing out your best pajama combination.
  • Take care to cover excess light from the windows or from other devices in the bedroom to reduce light distraction.
  • Declutter the bedroom so that as you settle in your mind is calm. Empty space is good for the mind.

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Good quality sleep is critical to winter and holiday self-care.

Eat Well

Fall brings about so many tempting treats. Fall and winter normally results in a slower pace, more hibernation, which means less calories burned being out and about. Go simple with your meals so that your body can burn it easily. It’s sometimes easy to constantly eat because we are indoors, so take time to listen to your body for signals of hunger instead of boredom. Fuel with food that’s easy to make and isn’t loaded with lots of artificial ingredients or processed chemicals.

The body must expend energy to burn and process food. Excess food, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and other inflammatory foods means the body has to work double-time to process it all. In a similar vein with sleep and light, we are also constantly exposed to food. As we no longer hunt, it’s easy to continuously eat and eat late into the night, but doing so doesn’t allow our body and our organs to recover and take a break.

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