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24 Sep 2017

Toronto

By Gracie Carroll

These Small, Healthy Habits Will Keep You Sane This Fall

By Carmela Valencia

woman enjoying fall

Now that Thanksgiving is over and we’ve pretty much transitioned again to pumpkin spice lattes, it’s safe to say we’re well in the middle of fall season! While summer gave us bright, long days and habits to religiously practice to achieve that That” Girl Summer trend, it doesn’t mean that we’re leaving them this fall.

We have listed five habits you can tweak and transition to fit the fall season to assist you with the shorter days and longer nights. Now, the key here is to not make any drastic changes to your existing habits, but do it slowly to set yourself up for success!

Get the best out of fall season with these habits for your wellbeing. Keep reading to find out more!

cozy fall habits

Keep Moving

Being physically active doesn’t exclusively mean working out. Exercising doesn’t just mean going to the gym, doing yoga or pilates, or following home workouts. It could also look like biking to work or for leisure, jogging or walking (by yourself, with a friend, with a dog, with your baby) outside, going on a hike, and many more! With the temperature dropping, it can be tempting to just stay at home and lay in bed, but just because summer’s over doesn’t mean so is our care for our wellbeing.

Staying physically active isn’t only for our physical health but also for our mental and emotional health, people!

Don’t Forget Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D

Vitamin D not only keeps our bones strong and healthy but can also keep us from experiencing seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and away from the risk of getting cancer. Which is why this is all the more reason why we need to be intentional with getting our dose of vitamin D.

However, with the weather getting colder, going outside to get some sun may be the last thing on our minds. Get creative, then! Have a patio, a balcony, or a backyard? Stay there for 10 minutes to half an hour to soak up some sun. Extra mood booster if you have some plants to tend to or a book to read — hey, you’re killing two birds with one stone!

Build a Morning or Evening Routine, and Stick to it!

Here in Toronto, we only have approximately 11 hours of sunlight this fall. The sun rises around 7:30 a.m., and sets around 6:30 p.m. Now, to most, this means less time to do our daily tasks and we’d have to squeeze some well past the daytime.

BUT! I say this is perfect for finally practicing a morning and/or evening routine! Think about it — you have 11 hours of daytime; 11 hours for these tasks you “need” to do. If you wake up around 6:30 or 7 a.m., you have these early morning hours for yourself. While the world is still asleep, you can do at least one small thing that would make you happy, and have plenty of time to plan your day. Plus, you get the pleasure of seeing the sunrise! The same goes with practicing an evening routine. Once it gets dark, this can signal your body to start your “downtime,” and get ready for rest.

Sleep Healthy

With summer out the door, our days are getting shorter and the nights longer. I’m pretty sure you haven’t transitioned out of sleeping late yet, which was brought about by the previous season. But this change in nature is the perfect time to settle in and prepare for cozy nights. Fall is the coziest season, after all! So grab this chance to fix your sleep patterns.

Slow Down

As the days start to become shorter and the nights longer, we’ll tend to feel stressed and hastened by time seeming to fly so fast. Now when I say slow down, I don’t mean it literally; more like mentally. It’s all about being present and enjoying every aspect of your life (yes, even when you’re stuck in traffic or waiting in line for what seems like eternity!).

xo

@EDITSEVEN

(Story by Assistant Editor Carmela Valencia)

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