Fall-ing into Wellness
We are just over a month into the Fall season and it’s easy to notice the change in the air. Mornings are
crisp, evenings are cool, and the beautiful colours that surround us are a reminder of how amazing
nature truly is. There is something truly special about this time of the year.
We are also invited to also see this season as an opportunity to check in with ourselves. The holidays will
be here in just a few weeks and before we get into the busy-ness of everything that the month of
December brings, we have this window of time to really consider our health and wellness.
For some, the Holidays bring on feelings of love, family, companionship, and joy. For others however,
the experience is of overwhelm, loneliness and sadness. Wherever we are in the spectrum, there are
some good habits we can establish to help us along the way.
Starting the day with meditation and/or reflection. Whether you have an extra 30 minutes and an extra
2 minutes, you can do this. Yes, mornings can be hectic but there is so much value in allocating time to
just being. You can use this time to express gratitude, to visualize your goals for the day, or to just
breathe. You don’t need special clothes, extra equipment, or even a guide. You just need to set some
time, set a timer (if you wish), and start.
Get outside. Yes, this is also a good habit. Step away from your desk or your home for even 5 minutes aday. Walking to your car even counts – as long as you take a moment to breathe in that fresh air or to
feel the gentle wind on your face. We often hear the phrase “kids don’t play outside anymore”. Guess
what? Many adults don’t either. The same benefits apply to us. We all need some fresh air daily.
Set a bedtime routine. This one also isn’t just for kids. Our brains are overstimulated throughout the day and we then wonder why we can’t sleep soundly at night. We need to give our minds, bodies, and spiritsan opportunity to wind-down. This could mean taking a warm bath, getting into comfy pajamas, doingsome restorative yoga, etc. It could also mean no TV/cellphone/tablet for 30 minutes before bed. Seems shocking right? Try it for a week and see how you feel.
Each of these habits can be easy or difficult to maintain. The choice is really ours. Will we make time for
wellness or will we make time for illness? You have a community cheering you on. Let us know how you
are doing and reach out to share your experiences on our private Facebook page.
Have a wellness tip you want to share? Post it as well! Your suggestion might just be exactly what
someone else needs in order to Fall in love with their lives.
PTS, FIS, NWS