Fall is such a wonderful time of year. The sights, sounds and rituals provide a rush and comfort that no other season brings. The crisp in the air, the lovely, warm-hued decorations everywhere you go — it’s a feast for the senses. So, what can you do to make the most of this glorious season and stay happy, healthy and present this year?
Oftentimes, people overthink what it means to stay present. Staying present to me means you are engaging all of your senses and retaining your focus on what’s going on in the moment. Here are my favorite questions to ask to help myself stay present.
- What do I see? Notice the colors, the textures, the people and your scenery. Take in the wonderful fall decorations wherever you are. What do you love and appreciate about it?
- What do I hear? REALLY listen for the sounds around you. Sometimes we don’t notice them until we stop and try. Listen for birds, voices of those you love and the rustling of the leaves.
- What do I smell? Autumn is a wonderful time for smells. Are there pies baking, fireplaces smoking or mugs of hot apple cider nearby?
- What can I touch? Above all sense, your sense of touch can really ground you in the present. Touch the leaves you rake, feel the warmth of a mug of hot cocoa, and, most importantly, feel the arms of the ones you love around you as you come together to celebrate fall fun and holidays.
- What do I taste? When you’re savoring that apple pie or sipping cider around a fire pit, focus on the tastes. Deliberately try to pick out the individual ingredients with your taste buds.
In order to enjoy this season to its fullest, you need to be in a good place mentally and physically. Here’s how to keep yourself feeling good and in good health.
- Get outdoors. The crisp, fresh fall air does wonderful things for the soul. Take a walk in the mountains and soak in the beautiful fall foliage. Go apple picking or visit the pumpkin patch. Be sure to give yourself regular doses of fresh air and sunshine; you’ll boost your mood and your immunity by boosting vitamin D levels.
- Don’t stop moving. Just because the warmest weather is behind us, don’t be still. The crispness of the air is invigorating, so go for a walk, run or hike. Exercise is key to overall health and mood levels.
- Spend time with family and friends. As the daylight gets shorter, some people have a hard time keeping their spirits up. Be intentional about it, and book coffee and dinner dates with friends, decorate each others’ homes for the fall and holidays together, or arrange playdates for your children to get out of the house. Connecting with others is an excellent way to stay happy and fulfilled.
- Don’t overindulge. With all the warm, “pumpkiny” comfort foods available this time of year, don’t forget to maintain a nutritious diet. Eating plenty of lean protein, vegetables and fruit can keep your immune system strong and your body and mind feeling well.
If your goal is to work on your wellness, there’s no better time than now to start. Contact me today for more tips on staying happy, healthy and present in your life, no matter the season.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.