As the summer draws to a close and new schedules are prepared, we are required to adjust to a different and sometimes more structured routine.
Winter approaches and the days get shorter, the impact of light and temperature on the human body is huge. We tend to move indoors.
Understanding and responding to your needs will help the transition from season to season.
Light – our bodies absorb vitamin D from the daylight and the energy and emotional boost that we get from a few minutes in the sun can be exceptional, even in winter. If your routine means going to work early and getting home as the light fades, can you perhaps get out for 10 to 15 minutes at lunchtime. If possible let the winter sun touch the back of your neck, the best way to absorb that light.
Activity – moving your body regularly has positive effects on your physical and emotional health.That ten minutes at lunchtime, briskly walking, running outside with the children after school, and signing up for some evening classes. There are so many activities to choose from now, it can be anything from the gym to dance to yoga and tai chi.
Commitment – it takes three weeks to break a habit and three weeks to establish a new habit.Commit to something that you love to do or have never tried before and stick with it for at least six weeks. Then make your mind up as to what’s next, have you enjoyed your activity and want to continue or do you want to try something else for another six weeks.
Food – eat with the seasons, choosing foods that grow this time of year, salads are waning but dark greens such as spinach, chard and kale are just right now. These can be eaten as veg or added to winter smoothies and soups and kale pesto as featured in my last blog.
New beginnings are opening up as September begins.