Autumn is finally here meaning an array of crispy leaves will fill our paths as soups, hot drinks and snuggly jumpers make a welcomed return. Not only does autumn have an effect on the weather, our wardrobe, and cooking choices, it also brings a change in energy levels as light hours are reduced and the nights become longer. Keep reading to find out how to stay energised in autumn. Get excited about autumn and stay aligned with the ebb and flow of this seasonal transition.
Eat Hearty Nurturing Food
In order to stay energised and build up our immune system in time for winter, it’s essential to nurture your body with healthy food. Avoid processed foods, sugar, and opt for organic options where possible. Eat seasonal fruits and veggies as many of these are excellent sources of the immune-boosting vitamin C. In terms of vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and bell peppers are an excellent source of Vitamin C. Citrus fruits and the berry group: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries, are also rich in Vitamin C and additionally high in antioxidants.
Antioxidants do wonders for the body. According to expert Christopher T. Reilly, “antioxidants remove free radicals from the body which can run rampant and actually damage cells, causing serious illness.” This makes for an excellent excuse to do some healthy, nurturing cooking. It’s also a brilliant tip for how to stay energised in autumn.
Embrace the Hygge Autumnal Vibes
If the book The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by happiness researcher and expert Meik Wiking doesn’t get you excited about the autumn, I don’t know what will. Hygge embraces the nights drawing in and autumnal cosiness and joys. Think candles, blankets, hot drinks, warm clothing, and nature. It’s the perfect season to relax and practice presence by taking a warm bath whilst enjoying some aromatic oils and lighting some candles. Create a hygge ambience by sitting back and relaxing with your favourite book, podcast or film. Or why not enjoy a morning of baking followed by an evening featuring your favourite movie? Accompanied, of course, by the hygge essentials: a hot drink, a blanket and somebody you love (a pet counts too).
Schedule in Socialising and Entertainment
It’s much less enticing to organise meet-ups and attend social events with shorter days, cooler temperatures and darker evenings, right? Yet, reminding yourself just how much fun you will have is a reason to plan activities that bring you joy. Schedule in a dinner or games night with friends, or an outdoor cycle or an autumnal walk with the family. Fill your fall social calendar with events that you can look forward to all week.
Melatonin regulates the sleep-wake cycle meaning that a decrease in light exposure causes “an increase in melatonin production. This results in a feeling of sluggishness or being tired,” according to experts. Avoid seasonal tiredness by ensuring that you are consistent with your sleeping pattern. Also, aim to achieve between 7 to 8 hours of sleep depending on what your body requires. Limiting screen time and artificial lighting an hour before drifting off is also a fundamental part of getting a good night’s rest. Remember, you are only as energised as your previous night’s sleep.
The beauty of autumn deserves to be celebrated. So, here’s to cosy nights in, delicious warm recipes and beverages, and enhancing the hygge ways of happiness. What are your top tips for how to stay energised in autumn?