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12 WAYS TO GET READY FOR THE FALL SEASON : MIND, BODY & SOUL

With leaves changing color and weather cooling off, we all know, that the seasonal change is around the corner.  With the end of summer we can all get a little melancholy.  It’s bitter sweet knowing that your bathing suit is making its last appearance and those backyard BBQ’s are a thing of the past.  I am a strong believer of cycling with natures rhythms and Autumn is no exception.  Just as we prepare for back to school or our daily agenda, we must plan and prepare our mind, bodies and souls to get ready for the fall season ahead.

A change of season is like a new start. Particularly fall when all the lush foliage of summer is dying and nature is slowing down.  It’s time to take stock of what you have been doing and where you want to take your life in the next season.  Finding things that need organizing or changing, clearing out old energy in your life and home, creating new habits or tweaking old ones are all elements to get ready for the fall season.

12 WAYS TO GET READY FOR THE FALL SEASON

  1. SEASONAL CLEANING
    • This is the time to change out your bedding for your heavier duvet and store away your patio furniture.  I have a list of seasonal cleaning items in my CLEANING PLANNER that can help you get organized and on track with this sometimes overwhelming task.
  2. PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
    • This and all things pumpkin….need I say more?
  3. SIGN UP FOR FALL CLASSES
    • A new season is the perfect time to start an interest class.  Take a pottery class, join a book club, find a knitting group (ok I know my interests are those of a Grandma…back off) Do something to gain community and flex your creative muscles.
  4. BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY
    • Cold and flu season are just around the corner.  Take charge or your immunity by getting proper exercise, eating a balanced diet, sticking to a sleep schedule and arming yourself with essential oils. Oil of oregano is one of my favorites and when I get a twinge of a sore throat this goes right in my body. It is antiviral and antibacterial and helps boost the immune system. It is perfect for combating infections.
  5. MAKE A FALL WISH LIST
    • One of my favorite things to do is keep a seasonal wish list in my planner.  I love having this go to list to help me create ritual and routine with the seasons. My wish list pages come with fun prompts to get your creative ideas flowing. You can find it in my ULTIMATE LIST PLANNER.
    • WISH LIST | ULTIMATE LIST PLANNER | www.lifebyalicia.comWISH LIST | ULTIMATE LIST PLANNER | www.lifebyalicia.com
  6. COMMIT TO YOUR AUTUMN WELLNESS
    • It’s easy to forget about our overall wellness when we are trying to get back to routine, organized for school, back at work and all the other life things that happen during the fall.  Make a 45, 60 or 90 day commitment to yourself to prioritize your self care and head into the fall with your wellness at the forefront.
  7. CANNING
    • Fall is the time of harvest so get yourself to a farmers market or a friends garden and start canning for the cold months.
  8. TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR MORNINGS
    • This ties into number 6.  With the days getting shorter and the mornings getting darker take charge of your routine and make sure that you start your day off with gratitude and joy.  Incorporating and noticing small moments in the morning that bring you joy, peace, calming etc. can set you up for a better day.
  9. SWITCH OUT SUMMER CLOTHES FOR FALL/WINTER CLOTHES
    • Now is the time to wash and pack up all your summer clothes.  Donate things that you did not wear or do not fit anymore.  Throw out things that are stained or old.  Wipe down sandals and shoes before storing away.  If you do all this when packing up then you will have a better time next spring when you pull it all out.
  10. EVALUATE YOUR MOOD
    • Less daylight and colder weather can impact our mind and moods.  Be aware that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) effects 2% to 3% of the general population.  It is an extreme form of the “winter blues,” and is worst for most people in the fall and winter.  You can easily track your mood using a variety of apps or my MOOD JOURNAL it can also be found in my FITNESS PLANNER.
    • MOOD JOURNAL | FITNESS PLANNER | www.lifebyalicia.comMOOD JOURNAL | FITNESS PLANNER | www.lifebyalicia.com
  11. DON’T OVERBOOK YOURSELF
    • Fall is the season of slowing down and releasing the hustle and bustle of the summer activities.  Take time to create simple, grounding routines at this time.  Try not to overbook your schedule between home, work, kids activities, your interest, etc.  Give yourself time and space to breathe and relax.
  12. START LOOKING UP SLOW COOKER RECIPES
    • Seasonal food starts to shift from leafy greens and salads to root vegetables, whole grains and warm curries.  Spend some time looking for new slow cooker recipes that will help you to eat in season and enjoy more warming, soul soothing dishes.  You can use my RECIPE & MEAL PLANNER  to stay organized and have an ongoing list to add to.

Regardless of where you live (I’m in Canada and the fall/winter hits hard) your mind, body and soul will be effected by the seasonal change.  Let me know in the comments below how you will embrace the change and get ready for the fall season ahead?

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