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Seven Tips for a Healthy, Vibrant Autumn

Stay healthy and vibrant during the autumn season and prepare for a healthy and happy winter with my top tips.

Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year. As I write this towards the end of September, the leaves are just starting to turn brown and fall from the trees, bringing with them that lovely fallen leaf scent. The heat and long days of summer begin to cool and shorten, and it is naturally a time of drawing in and conserving strength for the winter.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the season of autumn is associated with the Lung energetic system and immune function. A little thought and effort now will stand you in good stead throughout the winter and the whole cold/flu season.

Here are my top tips to stay healthy and vibrant during the autumn season and prepare for a healthy and happy winter.

1. Tap your chest!

Tapping the sternum or breastbone with a loose fist stimulates your thymus gland which is responsible for producing and training white blood cells to fight infections. Tap along your collarbone towards the arm to target the starting point of the Lung meridian. Do this 1-3 times every day to ward off infections and strengthen your immune system. These self-massage techniques have been used as part of traditional qigong practice for centuries to promote health.

2. Drink water and increase your Vitamin C intake

Water and Vitamin C both enhance the functioning of the immune system, as well as supporting the Lung energetic system in TCM. You can take a vitamin C supplement or eat foods rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruit.

3. Eat more warming food

As the cooler weather approaches, soups, stews, teas, and warming spices such as cinnamon and ginger are more nourishing than eating a lot of raw food and salads that we enjoy in the summer. Try having cooked breakfasts such as porridge or eggs rather than cold cereals and yogurt.

4. Moisturise your skin

Choose a thicker and more nourishing moisturiser, especially for your face and hands to counteract the dryer, colder air this season.

5. Make yourself a routine

Autumn is a great time to build a new schedule or routine for your daily life. It brings structure and a feeling of focus which can often be missing at this time of year. What do you want to get done, or what do you want to enjoy doing for pleasure? Maybe it’s a weekly fitness class, or reading a novel every evening, or making time every Sunday to clear out the attic for a few hours. Block out time in your diary to do certain activities daily or weekly. As well as adding things in, consider what you could let go of to simplify your life. Just like the trees, it’s helpful to drop our leaves in the autumn.

6. Acknowledge feelings of loss and grief

It is normal and natural to feel a bit low after the excitement of the summer. Try to give yourself time and space to feel that, along with any other more intense grief or loss, and start to process this if possible. For example, you could write your feelings down in a journal, or use EFT tapping. (Find out more about EFT tapping here.) Again, think of the leaves falling from the trees – what could you let go of and release? Taking action now to be with those challenging feelings will prepare you better for the winter, rather than having all that emotion swamp you at the darkest time of the year.

7. Get outdoors as much as possible!

Even for those of us who don’t suffer from full-blown SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), it is easy to feel low if we give in to the temptation to hide from the cold and wet at home. Make the most of the daylight hours before the equinox to get some sunshine to your eyes and skin. Even daylight on a cloudy day can help to mitigate the dark moods some people are prone to in winter.  It is also a good idea for most people to take a Vitamin D supplement over the autumn and winter to compensate for the lack of sunlight on the skin, and boost the immune system.

Which of my tips resonates with you this autumn? Let me know which ones you put into practice!

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