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Small self-care practices for autumn

Change is the only constant in life. We change as the seasons change, the tastes we enjoy, the smells and colors around us.

The changing of the seasons carries deep wisdom, which is found in many ancient traditions. Traditions remind us of the connection between natural cycles and our own, offering us guidance for a holistic approach to well-being.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine for example, autumn is associated with the lungs and large intestine. Our respiratory system is where we process grief and emotional trauma and like a tree shedding its leaves to make room for new growth, it symbolizes the art of releasing and letting go.

At the same time, autumn, perhaps more than any other season, has this magical power to transform our environment. It prompts us to process difficult feelings and habits that no longer serve us, creating space for renewal!

Below you will find some ideas to take care of yourself and make the most of this period...!

Choose seasonal foods

They taste better and have more nutritional benefits. It's a delicious way to boost your body, your local economy and the planet

For autumn, prefer (or even include) foods such as: pumpkins, zucchini, pears, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cranberries, radishes, endives, garlic, ginger, grapes, peppers, artichokes, kumquats, mushrooms, passion fruit, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, persimmons and of course, apples!

Incorporate journaling into your life

A good practice to release thoughts and feelings is to answer the following: What do I want to leave behind? What is it that I want to make room for? How do I want to be? To feel;

Practice putting down painful or difficult events and thoughts and shifting your focus to gratitude and practices that renew your spirit. Journaling serves as a powerful tool for processing feelings and experiences.

Set aside time in your day for meditation

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, autumn is a time when the spirit is more open. If you are new to meditation, don't worry. Find a quiet place, put on some relaxing music, close your eyes and focus on your breathing.

When thoughts arise, let them pass like clouds in the sky. Observe them without judging them. Awareness of your thoughts is the first step to a successful meditation practice. And one more thing…make it easy. Even 2 minutes a day can make a difference in the long run.

Put your senses into play

The sense of smell is directly connected to the emotional center of our brain and can really shape our mood. As the season changes, choose to add scents to your space that will give a feeling of warmth. For autumn you can choose cinnamon, orange, rosemary, sandalwood, eucalyptus.

Drink lots of tea, herbal drinks and of course water

They will help your body to cleanse and keep you hydrated. Personally, at this time of year I drink herbal teas and tea blends ideally with lots of spices like Indian masala tea.

It is a hot drink based on black tea, boiled together with milk, pepper, ginger, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. It smells amazing and tastes like autumn! If you want to try it and, like me, you're tired of making it ( it's also difficult, a little more cardamom will fall, it's useless ) there is a ready-made mixture on the market.

Breathe deeply

Breathing exercises, especially those that strengthen the lungs, boost energy, calm the mind and are perfect for this time of year. Emphasize the exhalation. Inhalation will happen naturally. Exhale slowly. Deep diaphragmatic breathing is the foundation of good health and emotional balance.

Finally, pay attention to what makes you feel good, or not...

If you want to live in harmony with nature, start with yourself. You are nature.

Listen to your intuition and respect your rhythm!

 

 

First published by: MagicMe

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