We all need a restart from time to time. Although January is seen as a time for a change, there is nothing holding you back from an autumn detox. Why fall? It can be a good time to re-evaluate our habits. Adjusting to seasonal change can also be a difficult situation. Many people can relate to seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Longer nights and changes in temperature can bring a feeling of desolation. This significantly impacts our mental health and how we go about our day. I have explored a few ways to help ease this transition by introducing my guide to an autumn detox.
Feeling warmth is comforting and assists with elevating a person’s mood. Find a big, cosy blanket that you can wrap yourself in during cold and rainy nights. There is something about lighting candles in a semi-dark room. Imagine the scent of your favourite candle filling the space, while the flame dances brightening the surrounding area. Your mind is at peace, and everything is tranquil.
Give your body a well-deserved break. A hot, relaxing bath aids with muscle relaxation and improves sleep. Have you tried adding bath salts? Try to look for a lavender scented one, not only is lavender incredibly relaxing, but it also helps you to unwind from a long day. While we are on the topic of giving our bodies a break, instead of reaching out for an alcoholic drink, make your own mocktail. You may already have the ingredients at home.
Indulge in what makes you smile. If there is a certain food that boosts your mood, include it in your meal plan today. There is room in your autumn detox for foods you enjoy so long as everything is consumed in moderation. Take some time off one evening to give yourself a facial. It can be a simple facemask. During those 15 – 20 minutes, make a warm drink of your choice and begin reading the book that you were meant to start.
Now, you are leaving your house to go breathe some fresh air while you walk down the same road you always do. You might be reaching for your phone, but you decide to observe your surroundings instead. Take this time to switch off and put yourself on airplane mode.
It can be hard to spot unhealthy habits. Sometimes our busy lifestyles do not allow for the changes that we wish to make. Remember to set small goals. Slowly adapt to a changed routine. It might take two months or even longer for those to become the new norm.
The seasonal transition brings new emotional challenges and obstacles that may seem impossible to tackle at the time. However, do not forget, you are in control.