Autumn is a time when immunity and health can be vulnerable, so now is a great time to start thinking about how to strengthen yourself in preparation for the colder, darker months.
The best way to build resilience and immunity is through everyday self-care.
Self-care is not being selfish, it is being caring towards yourself.
When you take care of myself you’ll feel stronger and more positive, plus able to give more to whatever is important to you.
Six ways to practice self-care
1. Protect your sleep
By the end of the day we all have ‘decision fatigue’ and it’s hard to do the things we know we should.
Try to have an evening routine that encourages more sleep.
Turn off or unplug at 9pm, and have something nice that you do that isn’t on a screen.
Maybe make time to shower and moisturise, or read with herbal tea.
Aim to be in bed so you can have 7.5 hours of sleep before your alarm.
Decent sleep is the single most important thing you can do to take care of yourself.
Sleep is when your body and mind not only rest but also repair themselves.
2. Make time to move your body
You don’t have to go to the gym if you don’t want to.
Can you make time to walk or cycle each day, plus another type of exercise once or twice a week?
Fresh air helps you feel more naturally tired at the end of the day.
It doesn’t matter so much what you do, but we all need to use our bodies more.
Ideally by doing something that is a) easy and b) enjoyable.
3. Eat good food
Sugar, wheat, and dairy are known inflammatory foods, so do your best to keep them to a minimum.
Fresh (ideally organic) vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils, meat, eggs, and seafood provide a wide range of nutrients.
If you are vegan, ensure you take a supplement that contains Vitamin B12.
Try to avoid eating the same foods all the time, as this is effectively a restricted diet, and can mean you miss out on key vitamins or minerals.
4. Avoid chemicals
If possible, spend part of your food budget on organic produce.
Non-organic plant foods contain residues from chemicals used during farming.
Non-organic meat, fish, eggs, and dairy may contain antibiotic residue.
If you eat animal products, it’s better to buy your own from a trusted source to cook at home and choose plant foods for the rest of the time.
Organic skin-care is nicer and you soon see and feel the difference in your skin.
It’s hard to avoid chemicals completely, but do what you can.
Homeopathy is brilliant for detoxing all kinds of medication, especially synthetic hormones.
5. Practice gratitude and reflection
Try writing morning pages to unclutter your mind first thing in the morning or write down three things you feel grateful for at the beginning and end of each day.
These two things are simple and effective ways to build a positive outlook.
If you can build them into your regular routine, they’ll help you focus on the good things in your life.
6. Make empty space
Whenever you have empty space in my schedule, try not to automatically fill it.
Do everything I can to make one day every week a quiet day, spent mostly at home.
Practice saying ‘no’ to things even when you want to say ‘yes’ to them.
If you don’t have much empty space in your life, maybe have a think about why that is, and what you could do to carve out a small piece of time that’s just for you.
How can you care for yourself more?
Is there something here you haven’t focused on for a while?
What can you do to practice self-care this coming week, even if you are busy?
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