The Fall Wellness Bucket List - 5 Must-Dos
Today is the autumnal equinox. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the exact moment that light and darkness hang in perfect balance in the sky, before we start the journey toward Winter's colder, darker days. In many wellness philosophies, it's also a traditional time to reset, find your own balance and start fresh. How do we do that? As the warm days of summer dwindle, an inevitable shift is taking place. Those shifts can disrupt your immune health and overall wellness. But you know what? Shift happens. So take a cue from mother nature by slowing down, turning inward, and creating an empowering routine that will boost your physical and mental wellbeing. Here are our 5 go-to practices to start today for true, natural wellness all season long:
1 . Manuka Every Morning
One way to stay balanced in the fall is to establish a mindful morning practice with a spoonful of Manuka Honey. It has been used for its healing properties for centuries, and starting your day with real Manuka can help soothe your throat and arm your defenses during harsh weather fluctuations. We recommend UMF™ 15+ or 20+ for ultimate support. Try this morning meditation to ease into the day - click here for more. It's also a great addition to your tea, smoothie or favorite breakfast recipes.
2. Warm From Within
It's extremely important to drink a lot of water. This is an easy one to follow during the summer, but come fall, you may not feel as parched. Sure it seems like a no-brainer, but maintaining this habit can be tough. Each morning, start your day with a lukewarm glass of water and lemon for Vitamin C, potassium, support in digestion, detoxification, and hydration. Then throughout the day, keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times, so you're always ready for a refill on the go.
3. Go To The Farmers Market
Eating produce that is local and in-season will help you sync up with your environment and live more in balance with your surroundings. Hello root vegetables! This seasonal food guide is a helpful resource to determine the best fruits and veggies to eat based on where you live: https://www.seasonalfoodguide.org.
4. Shift Your Perspective (And Circulation)
Unless you're practicing yoga often, this one might sound odd. However, by holding your legs above your heart, this supported inversion helps reverse blood flow, improves circulation, and drains toxins from your lymphatic system. After a rigorous leaf-peeping hike, take a warm shower, and then try this detoxifying, easy practice. For optimal coziness, cover your core with a soft, heavy blanket and lay on your back with your legs upright against the wall, perpendicular to your body. Relax here for five to ten minutes.
5. Make A Hibernation Station
Create a ritual that helps you look forward to before sleep. Perhaps it's a juicy book with a sleepytime tea and spoonful of Comvita Manuka Honey; maybe it's a soothing face mask with a 10 minute meditation. Get cozy in the scents of the season with essential oils that help reduce stress and increase relaxation– vetiver, rosemary, and sandalwood are some of our seasonal favorites. Place one dash of oil in your hands, rub your palms together and take 5 slow, deep breaths in and out. Count to 3 on your inhale, hold for 3 at the top, and exhale for 3. Deep breathing will ease you into a deeper rest, making everything feeling a little more possible tomorrow.
With these 5 tips, make this a season of nurturing yourself. Before putting your health on the back burner during the craziness of the holidays, use this time to listen to your body, take time for yourself, and enjoy the honey, honey.