Autumn is my favourite season.
For one the clothes are simply the best at this time of year: scarves, woolly hats, three quarter length overcoats.
I love it all!
Then there’s the changing landscape full of browns, greens and oranges sometimes covered in a nice blanket of fog.
Add in some atmospheric deep house and Autumn evenings are a calm, soothing atmosphere at home in the evenings and on the weekends.
Creating this type of atmosphere helps to drag family away from screens and into something we can all enjoy together even if it’s homework, artwork, building stuff or general messing around.
But none of this human interaction can be enjoyed when you’re bunged up and ready to quit.
It’s worse when you’ve got work tasks to sort out or you have to skip going out with friends.
As for working out?
So in no particular order here are three easy ways to keep the cold and flu symptoms away this season so you can enjoy life.
I live in hoodies at this time of year and regularly have them tied to my waist in readiness for when I hit the outside cold.
I also never leave the house without a fresh brew lose at hand to warm me up from the inside.
A trip to the shops, group fitness class, allotment, work – I’m always ready to stay warm first before braving the lower temperatures outside.
The head is where heat leaves the body the most so keeping it covered up with a hoody when you’re outside is a must.
Get enough sleep
Getting to bed on time and having a good night’s sleep when you’re there should be a priority.
Allow your body to recharge and repair and your mind to reset and you’ll feel of beans come the morning.
If you’re having trouble getting to sleep there are free apps that play meditation podcasts to get you to sleep fast.
There’s also a free sleep audit from the sleep council which will produce a 30 day plan to get you in the habit of getting good quality sleep.
Here are some posts I’ve written about how to get a good night’s sleep and getting your hands on a free 30 day plan for a more comprehensive plan to get you nodding off:
- How to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep
- Finding it hard to sleep? Try this
- How I’ve beaten a poor night’s sleep and nighttime cravings with meditation
Prioritise exercise and nutrition
You knew this one was coming!
Science has shown that exercise will boost the immune system and help your body fight infection.
Couple this with healthy nutrition and you have an epic defence against the seasonal lurgies this year.
Working out at home also means that I’m not trudging through the cold dark and sometimes icey night to get to a gym.
All that’s needed is space to workout out and an internet connection.
The priority here is to take care of yourself first.
I write extensively about this on the blog and on social media because too many clients of mine tell me that they are so busy taking care of other people that they are too exhausted to take care of themselves last.
A fitter and stronger version of yourself will help you to help others in a much more effective way because you’ll be happier, healthier and generally have more energy.