Wellness — September 22, 2022 at 8:00 pm

Seasons Change

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With summer being only a few short months for many, we practically drop everything to enjoy some reckless abandon outside while we can. But, with school back in session, the morning dew growing heavier on the ground, and the nights coming sooner, the realization dawns that autumn approaches. We know what it means for chores around the house, but what about when it comes to taking care of ourselves?

Artificial Heat

Moving indoors, relying on forced air or electric heating, brings with it extreme dryness. Our skin is shocked with every temperature shift, so avoid dryness by increasing your moisturizing regimen. If you battle eczema on your hands or feet, try applying a good cream and wearing cotton gloves or socks to bed. With dryness also comes static, and a good way to combat that is by increasing the humidity in your home.

Change is in the Air

Colder, windier weather means chapped lips. Look for all-natural chap sticks that won’t work to further dry out your skin and apply right before bed to allow for optimal moisturization. The weather can also wreak havoc on your hair and scalp, but a good, DIY hot oil treatment can work wonders.

Hibernation Mode On

More time indoors tends to mean more sedentary time. Just as other animals go through change this time of year, we too become insulin resistant in order for our bodies to more effectively build fat stores for winter. It’s soup season so make the most of it while working on those eating habits. And now’s the time to re-instate that gym membership, snag that home gym you’ve been eyeing, or gear up if you’re still planning to be active outdoors into the winter.

Day Fades Into Night

For those of us who crave the few sunny, warm months we get, the season’s change does something to us. The sun is a wonderful provider. Melatonin is an essential hormone produced through sun exposure, which helps induce sleep. Fresh air also helps in this capacity. When possible, chase that light and get some fresh air therapy. Sun exposure also helps our bodies produce vitamin D, essential for well-functioning immune systems, as well as calcium absorption. If you can’t get outside, here are some good food choices, or talk to your doctor or naturopath about supplement options.

Shine a Light in the Dark

Lack of exposure to sunlight has led to what is now known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. It’s said to effect patients in late fall, or early winter, causing a depressive state and hypersomnia or excessive sleep. The good news is that doctors see the light, quite literally as an effective solution to help treat SAD. If you think you might be suffering from this, check with your healthcare provider if there’s a light therapy option that will work for you.

Change is a constant many of us dread, but of all change we face, the seasons are my favorite. A summer baby through and through, I make it a daily habit to find time outdoors. I’ve also learned to love small things like chaga mushroom hot chocolate, bath nights, soup and casserole making. Finding enjoyment goes a long way. Comment here and share some ways you enjoy spending your fall and winter time.

By Melanie Robitaille

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