Now that the seasons are turning, the weather is getting colder, and the leaves are changing color, it can be difficult to adjust to the change. After all, it was just yesterday that the heat of the summer was beating down on our backs. Now, we’re starting to wear those bulky sweaters and coats, and cafes are breaking out the famous pumpkin spice latte.
And with that, the fall and winter blues are starting to take hold. It can be difficult to get out of bed and be motivated keep healthy in these colder months. But don’t worry, you can get out of this end-of-summer slump and here’s how!
1. Go For A Run In Your Neighborhood
One of the best ways to get over your end-of-summer health slump is to go for a run in your neighborhood. Yes, the colder temperatures might make it a little more challenging to run, but on those days where the sun fights the chill of fall and winter, you’ll be able to watch the leaves turn gold, red and orange, and just bask in the beauty of the changing seasons.
After all, there is a reason why so many people love the fall season. There is a serene beauty to the changing colors and the carpet of leaves that will line sidewalks and driveways. It’ll be like running down your own red carpet.
2. Go For A Hike
Another great way to get over your slump is to go for a hike in your local forest or national park. It not only beats being inside a gym, with twenty other people, and fighting for a dumbbell, a treadmill, or even the studio! Commune with nature, and breathe the brisk, fresh air that your local forest can provide. And get your daily or weekly exercise in, by hiking the trails as far as you can!
Or if you’re really adventurous, make it a weekend trip and camp out overnight. It might be colder than camping out in summer, but it’ll help you build up your survival skills for the winter. So, build those campfires, tell those ghost stories, and get yourself prepared for those colder winter months.
3. Boost Your Immunity
For many of us, the changing of seasons mean a change in our own body’s immunity. After all, the chill of winter can cause havoc on our body’s immune systems, and it’s about this time when people start catching colds and calling in sick. So, prepare yourself by boosting your immunity with supplements.
There are many on the market that can help boost your Vitamin C and Vitamin D levels, both of which help your immune system fight off the flu. That way you won’t have to worry about calling in sick. And even if you need to, don’t worry, you’ll find yourself recovering from that cold in no time, because of these supplements.
4. Stock Up On Seasonal Fruits And Veggies
Of course, in the early days of the fall season, the summer heat is still in the air, and that means there are still many summer fruits and vegetables still hanging around. But to really fight off your end-of-summer slump, start stocking up on fall fruits and veggies. Break out the pumpkins and squash now.
Fill your fruit bowls with those juicy red apples and cram your fridges with those root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Eating seasonal fruits and veggies will help you feel less blue about the colder temperatures because they will put you in the harvest spirit.
And, if you’re really adventurous, why not add spices to your food, like cinnamon, turmeric, and nutmeg? The fall season is all about experimenting with your food, and as Halloween and Christmas are just on the horizon, you might want to start experimenting now, for those big family gatherings later down the line!
5. Try Home Workouts And Yoga Classes
For some of us, especially those of us who live in built-up cities, it can be difficult to appreciate the beauty of fall and winter, so instead, why not work out at home? There are many videos online that you can follow that range from standard Pilates classes to high impact challenges, or even yoga videos!
Better yet why not join a yoga class at your local studio? It beats having to run around a pollution-filled neighborhood, and you’ll still get the benefit of a full workout. There are so many options both in your local studio and online, all you need to do is choose which one works best for you.
6. Drink Herbal Teas
One of the best ways to stave off the chill, is to drink teas. Teas are the best detox remedies and health supplements out there. This is because they’re not only made from natural ingredients, but they’re also packed full of vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body.
So, keep the winter chill at bay, and climb out of that end-of-summer slump by drinking herbal teas. There is a wide variety you can choose from, like lemon and ginger tea, jasmine tea and even chamomile or rose tea. Not only that, they can also help with lots of different health conditions, like fighting off a cold or flu symptoms, insomnia, and even some mental health conditions like stress or depression.
7. Enjoy The Harvest Season
While summer is a fun and lively time for all of us, the harvest season in fall can be just as fun. After all, it can bring out the child in all of us, from celebrating Halloween to simply playing in large piles of leaves, and even to collecting all those fallen twigs, pinecones, acorns, and apples. You can even make decorative pieces in your homes with them.
By enjoying the change in seasons, you’ll easily get out of that end-of-summer slump or even bypass it altogether. The fall season, for many of us is about giving thanks for what we already have, so enjoy being grateful, and before you know it, Christmas will be just round the corner!