Your Guide to a Stronger and Happier You This Season

by - October 31, 2017

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Last week we talked about how to prepare mentally and emotionally this autumn, but now it's time to tune our bodies into the season. You will not only minimize the dangers of catching a nasty cold or viral infection, but you will also feel more balanced, energized and happy in your own skin.


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There are plenty of ways you can boost your immune system's strength, many of them you may already know. Here are my top four:

Don't skip your gentle weekly workout schedule (or take up exercising if you haven't already!), but don't overdo it as it might have the opposite effect! Quality is always better than quantity and this applies to sleep as well. The seven to eight hours of recommended sleep is a must, but it would be much more beneficial if you take it earlier rather than later. Your sleep will be more restful if you fall asleep by 11 pm at the latest - don't wait too long to drift off to dreamland and be consistent throughout the week!

When it comes to nutrition, every body responds uniquely to different groups of food. Some react well on a greens-based diet, some thrive on protein. Personally, I'm off the dairy, but there are people who swear by it! Your body will tell you as long as you listen to it but remember that a balanced diet is the going to be the most health. For an immune boost incorporate some ginger, garlic, spinach, broccoli, sweet potato, pomegranate and honey - you can easily find them in the local store. They are known for their healing qualities and antibacterial enzymes. I often use garlic and honey to keep my immune system strong throughout the winter. If you want to go beyond the basics - then add some good seafood, brazil nuts, chai seeds, acai berries and Echinacea. The choice is yours!

Hydration should be a priority all year round, but a busy day usually creeps by and puts regular fluid intake last on your to-do list. I have to literally remind myself to drink water. In the summer, water with lemon is refreshing enough, but with the fall season we can really diversify to prepare our immune system for the colder weather and longer nights. Infused water with cinnamon and apple anyone? Cinnamon is a great companion to both meals and drinks, and it also imitates the taste of sugar without using any. Herbal teas with turmeric, Echinacea, rose hips, and hibiscus are great natural immuno-stimulants and perfect for the autumn. Ginger tea is a favourite of mine and one of the most effective and easiest home-prepared teas that can settle stomach pains, nausea, improve digestion, reduce inflammation and much more! Try it out if you haven't yet!

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Our face and hands are the most visible parts of our bodies, especially as the summer ends, and so we tend to focus our attention there. But let's not forget that the skin covers the whole body - the effort you invest into your daily routine should not stop only with your face. Colder temperatures outside and heated space inside can create uncomfortably dry skin. The change from light fabrics to acrylic and wool is able to irritate sensitive skin and cause redness and itchiness. So why don't we take a moment to take some extra care and smoothly prepare our skin for the colder weather? And you don't need splash out!

There is a sea of options that don't cost much, like a regular, but reliable, moisturiser - you already should know what works for your skin and what does not depending on your skin type. As long as you do it immediately after a shower, you will be fine. However, bear in mind that if your go-to body and face wash is relatively harsh on your skin, it might be a good idea to leave it out during the winter as it can strip your skin of its natural oils, making it work harder to produce more oil, which can in return lead to blocked pores and breakouts. You could also try natural jojoba oil - it's a great moisturiser minus the chemistry. If you want to try something new, why don't you treat the drier areas of your body with a dab of olive oil? It quickly softens the skin and doesn't do you harm. Sometimes, after a long day, a bath is what you need to restore your mind and body. An oatmeal bath packed with anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants will sooth your skin and make you feel like new.

If you liked the sound of any of those tricks, why don't you try them out and let me know what you think?

Wellness is the place where you can join us on our journey to test some of those lifestyle tools and techniques the world has given us in its attempt to help us 'relax'. Working out, breathing, foods to avoid or cling to, journaling, and so on. We will share with you what worked, what didn't, and what surprised us most. And of course, encourage you to try your own!

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