When summer is about to end, not only do the leaves turn deep yellow, red and brown, we may also notice going through a physical and emotional transition. Autumn can affect your health, mood, energy levels and biological rhythm. That’s why it’s essential to keep yourself grounded and in touch with our body and the nature that surrounds us.
Here are a few simple steps to stay balanced during the change of the seasons.
Stay ahead of the cold
Eating lots of different seasonal veggies is great for your gut health and therefore your immune system. Cooked foods are key to keeping your digestive system balanced during the colder weather, so start roasting veggies and making stews. This Indian Saag will keep your body warm and comfortable during those rainy autumn nights. Drink a few cups of this Ayurvedic ginger tea throughout the day and enjoy all the health benefits ginger has to offer.
Keep yourself grounded
When we try to adjust to the changing season, we’re often looking for ways to connect to our body and regain our balance. Try to fine-tune your daily schedule and reconnect with your circadian rhythm, for example by adding these grounding asanas to your yoga routine.
Autumn doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all day; it’s actually better not to. Daylight positively affects your energy and serotonin levels. So, get your daily dose of light from the best source: the sun (even if you can’t see it directly). Taking a walk in a natural environment helps with that, and it’s a great alternative to doing yoga when you want to feel more grounded. As Vedic educator Nirmala Raniga recommends: “As you embrace the beauty of Nature’s bounty, reflect on your own connection to nature and move in harmony with her rhythms as the seasons change.”
Try letting go
Autumn can leave us feeling slightly melancholic from time to time. So, while you’re reflecting on your personal connection to nature and the change of the season, a next step might be to pay attention to your mood. Consider picking up your journal and writing down what is going on inside. Do you have any emotions that have been lingering below the surface, waiting to be acknowledged or to be released? See if you feel ready to let go of emotions that no longer serve you as you enter a new season.
Sometimes, it’s better to accept feeling a little tired. Embrace it, even. It helps to give yourself what you need to get through the seasonal change. For example, treat yourself to this Ayurvedic self-massage (abhyanga) after a long day. This massage increases circulation, calms the nerves and helps you sleep better at night. The start of autumn has never felt more relaxed than this, we promise.