Health tips to ease the transition to fall
Maintain your health by avoiding fall’s germs and allergies
Cool fall weather means spending more time inside with other people’s germs and facing fall’s versions of seasonal allergies. To fight back, plan to:
- Schedule a doctor’s visit, including your health care provider here at A Woman’s View. Fall is a good time to check your vital health indicators, update any required vaccinations, and screen for illnesses.
- Revisit your vitamin intake to boost your immune system. A vitamin D supplement may be in order since the opportunity to get this important vitamin naturally – through sunlight – becomes more difficult as daylight hours become shorter.
- Take advantage of the fall’s tasty, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Most are nutritious and help to improve your immune system, fight inflammation, and reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular issues.
- Continue to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugary drinks. To encourage your hydration habit, try jazzing up plain H2O or seltzer water by adding lemon or orange slices, berries, or cucumber.
Focus on ways to boost your mental health
Along with your physical health, add things to your fall transition plan to help you mentally.
- Make time to exercise. It is good for the body, but it also helps us emotionally and mentally. Cooler weather is ideal for walking and jogging, or for starting a new gym routine.
- Maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Cooler temperatures and shorter days impact our sleep cycles. Adequate sleep is important both physically and mentally.
- Do some “fall cleaning.” Get rid of items you do not want or need and switch out your summer clothes for the warmer version of your wardrobe.
- Plan time for fun. Fall usually means busier schedules and more demands on your time. Make sure to sprinkle in some free time for fun activities that help keep you happy.