Summer is long officially over, and autumn has begun. But what do you do now? Well, darks night and grim weather are looked on with apprehension by thousands - you are not alone. However, this blog is about some of the positive things you can prepare for this winter.
Yes, days are getting shorter, and the cold winter months are looming. Adjusting to these seasonal changes can be difficult.
To prepare for the upcoming winter months, recognise your wellbeing needs and take extra steps to look after yourself.
Take inspiration from our self-care tips:
Self-Care: De-clutter your home
Whilst decluttering may not be the first self-care idea to cross your mind, it can positively impact your wellbeing.
A cluttered home makes it very difficult to rest and relax. Through decluttering, you let go of the ‘stuff’ that is weighing you down.
The process is freeing: it can help reduce stress, establish feelings of calm and promote productivity and focus.
There are also practical benefits to decluttering; you won’t spend as long maintaining a tidy home, you’ll have more space, your home will feel bigger, and you’ll be able to find things more easily.
A good night’s sleep is essential for your mental and physical health. Sleep helps our brains process and consolidate information, and our bodies repair.
A lack of sleep is linked to a weakened immune system alongside mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
To ensure a restful night, run yourself a bath before bedtime, avoid caffeine right before you go to sleep, and create a sleep schedule which you can stick to.
Stress is a normal emotion to experience on a daily basis. However, for some, it can lead to mental and physical issues.
There are several ways to manage and reduce stress:
Establish your priorities and only make commitments that are important for you.
Try to maintain a healthy work-life balance: determine a cutoff time for work each day and give yourself enough leisure time in the evening.
Limit your social media time: connect with friends and family online for a limited amount of time each evening before setting your device aside.
Cold and flu prevention
Taking measures to prevent the flu and colds this autumn is a practical and loving thing to do for yourself. Colder conditions can be terrible for your health, making you more susceptible to respiratory illnesses.
To ward off colds:
Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Try to avoid anyone who is ill, and if you don’t feel well yourself, stay at home and wrap up warm.
Look into getting a flu shot.
Exercise is a great way to look after yourself. Stretch your muscles, get your heart rate up and feel the benefits.
However, the thought of going for a run when it is cold outside can be unpleasant. Why not look into some indoor physical activities this autumn. Sign up for a new fitness class, find a home workout video, or take up an indoor sport such as swimming. Create a weekly routine that works for you, and stick to it.
Baking is a fantastic way to reduce stress, relax and promote mindfulness.
Baking gives you the opportunity to express love for your friends and family, and it can also bring back fond childhood memories.
There are so many opportunities to express creativity through baking. Try cooking a hearty apple pie or a classic bread and butter pudding.
You could even create a new recipe and surprise your loved ones.