The nights are colder, and the daylight decreases a little bit more every day. What a wonderful time to take really good care of yourself, stay warm, cozy and healthy!
Here are a few ideas for you.
Choose the one(s) you like and enjoy! Be well, be warm, be cozy!
1. Wellness Tea
Get cozy and warm with this amazing lemon ginger tea. Make this homemade tea by peeling and slicing some fresh ginger and adding it to a pot of water. Heat the water to a boil, then turn to medium heat and let simmer for 15-30 minutes. When ready, let the water slightly cool down, add the juice of one fresh lemon, two teaspoons of honey, stir well and enjoy.
2. Skin Care
Protect and nourish your skin with carrier oils. Simply put a few drops on your fingertips and massage onto your face and hands once or twice daily.
Very nourishing oils I recommend are:
– Jojoba (rich in oleic acid, great for all skin types
– Unrefined Avocado oil (antioxidants, omega3 fatty acids, unsaturated fats and proteins)
3. Yoga ~ Viparita Karani
This yoga pose is very soothing and can be beautifully added to the end of your regular yoga practice or you can come into this pose anytime of the day. The calming benefits of this practice can be particularly beneficial before going to bed at night. It further supports the nervous system, lowers cortisol (stress hormone) levels, boosts the immune and circulatory system.
To come into this pose, bring your yoga mat (or towel/blanket) with the short end up against a wall. Sit down on your mat, with your knees bend, sideways to the wall and as close as you can toward the wall. Then begin to gently lie back onto your mat and extend your legs up against the wall. Move in any way that feels comfortable to allow your spine, and back of your head to be on the mat and your legs straight up against the wall. Arms can rest by your side. Begin to take deep, smooth breaths, close your eyes, and just relax. Stay here for anywhere from 1 – 15 minutes.
Let the natural healing properties of essential oils support your health and well-being.
If you feel under the weather, or generally want to boost your immune system, make sure to have Eucalyptus essential oil at hand. You can either add a few drops to your oil diffuser/burner or add 15-20 drops of essential oil to a spray bottle filled with distilled water and spray generally in the room/car/office space, etc.
To bring you in the mood of the season, fill your essential oil diffuser/burner, or spray bottle with a blend of the following essential oils. You may choose just one or a combination of:
– Sweet Orange,
– and/or Cardamom.
These fragrances are sweet, warming, a little spicy and provide warmth, coziness and comfort.
Go for a walk in nature this fall. If you can take 10 minutes during your lunch break or anytime of the day. Breathe in and out deeply and become fully present. Take in the colors, crisp fall air, the crunch of the leaves under your feet, the shape of the pine cones, and maybe you will spot some squirrels or other animals along your walk. Let nature naturally lift your consciousness and mood. Listen to the sounds of the birds, look at the patterns of the clouds, the color of the sky, reflections in the water, take in the smell of the fresh autumn air. Continue to walk in silence and mindfulness for as long as you like. Then notice how you feel when you return home or to the office. Just a short walk can make a big difference to clear your mind, energize your body and lift your spirit.
6. Nourishing Food
As the weather cools down, let your food be more warming. You may have enjoyed abundant smoothies, açai bowls, and salads this year, but now is the time for soups, stews, and curries. You can still eat a small salad with your meal, or have a juice or smoothie, just make sure that you include more cooked foods, so that your body doesn’t have to work super hard to keep you warm. Instead of a cold breakfast you may want to switch to warm oatmeal, overnight oats that can be quickly heated in the morning or a cooked breakfast with eggs, veggies, etc.
Let me know which one(s) of the above ideas you tried and how it worked for you. Please share this article with your friends to inspire them to be well, warm and cozy this fall and ask them to sign-up for the newsletter.
May this season bring warmth to your heart, peace to your mind and harmony to your body.
Many blessings from my heart to yours,
Tanja Alexandra Kern