Temperatures have started to drop and it’s definitely beginning to feel like Fall. The other day I was walking to work and was almost blown over by the gusty winds, and don’t even get me started on how devastating these 6:30pm sunsets are!
But as sad as the chilly air and shorter days make me, I’m totally in love with Fall. The colors of the leaves warm my heart, and nothing is cozier than big sweaters and scarves. I mean, who doesn’t like to feel like they’re wrapped in a blanket all day? Cozy. As. F*ck. And don’t forget about all of the pumpkin candles (my fave!), coffees, beers and pies, oh my!
Everything about Autumn is comfy cozy, and after a long summer full of busy days and nights, it’s a good time to slow down and take a breath of fresh air. I like to take this in-between time to check in with myself.
How have I been treating my mind and my body?
What are some habits I’d like to let go of?
What are some things I’ve been procrastinating?
How can I stay motivated?
Where can I slow down?
It’s always good to check in with yourself and make sure you’re staying balanced. It’s really the only way to stay sane! Here are five ways I’m staying balanced this Fall:
1. Drink Tea
I love a big cup o’ jo in the morning, but I’ve decided to switch to tea during these cooler months. Why would I do such a thing? Well, there’s something charming about a cup of tea (said in British accent), and green tea offers some amazing health benefits. Aside from the hearty dose of caffeine I need to jump start my day, green tea boosts your metabolism, promotes healthy memory and is packed with antioxidants – so you can stay healthy when everyone else has a cold! Also, drinking tea out of a cute mug just makes you feel some sort of way…
2. Moisturize with oil
To combat the flaky, dry skin that usually comes with the cool air, I’ve started using coconut oil to stay moisturized. You can apply any softening oil before a shower to lock in moisture, or I like to lather up before bed and let my skin soak in the oily goodness overnight. My favorite brand of coconut oil is Cocovit. It’s raw, organic, super soft, and it smells like heaven! Be cautious though: A little bit goes a long way!
3. Track your habits
I’m a big fan of Bullet Journaling. If you’ve never heard of it, you should check it out. It’s helped me become more organized and I’ve started to track my habits (and it gave me an excuse to buy my favorite pens!). For example, I feel at my best if I read, write, meditate, stretch and drink 64oz of water a day (clearly I’m on a health kick…). So to help me hit all of these benchmarks, I keep a “Habit Tracker” in my journal. The satisfaction of being able to check those boxes at the end of the day is enough motivation for me. I suggest starting with a few simple habits and adding more as the original ones become natural. If you try to do too much at once, you could find yourself frustrated and give up completely.
4. Consume warm spices
Once the temperatures drop it takes a lot of effort for me to stay warm. Consuming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger warm your insides and help solve the problem of constant cold. I add cinnamon to my smoothie in the morning, cook meals with bolder spices, like paprika and cayenne, and sometimes I’ll end my night with a cup of hot spiced milk. Not only does that warm milk make you toasty, but it’ll also help you sleep like a baby! This trick goes for scents too – light those fall candles and feel the warmth!!
5. Pause to take notice
Why does time always seem to move so fast? One day you’re booking a flight for three months out, and before you know it, you’re reflecting on the trip a week after its ended. Lately I’ve been trying to pause every once in a while to take in the present moment. It could be glancing up at the clouds above me, or noticing people on my morning train commute – anything that requires me to stop and recognize the unique moment I’m in. This is a good habit for life in general, but especially in the fall when change seems to be constant.
At the end of the day, it’s really about carving out time to do things that give you the most enjoyment and make you feel at your best. For me, that means slowing down and taking time to find my personal balance in this whirlwind we call life. Hopefully my suggestions will inspire you to dig deep and make whatever changes necessary for a healthier, more balanced life. Feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments below!