As we bid adieu to those summer tan lines and beachy hair, we welcome the cooler temps, vibrant foliage, and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING that fall brings our way. But while you’re enjoying those autumn vibes, don’t let your health fall (pun intended!) by the wayside. Grab a warm cuppa, wrap up in your coziest blanket, and let’s dive into some fall health tips that’ll keep you in tip-top shape!
- Flu Shot Frenzy
The leaves are changing, and guess what? It’s flu shot time! Roll up that sleeve and get vaccinated. It’s your first line of defense against the flu, and it’s way more fun than sniffling under the blankets all season.
- Pumpkin Up the Nutrition
Not to get all basic on you, but pumpkins are kind of a big deal in fall. And they’re not just for pies and lattes! Pumpkins are packed with Vitamin A, fiber, and antioxidants. So roast those seeds, whip up some pumpkin soup, or even toss some chunks in your morning smoothie!
- Stay Hydrated
With the cooler temps, you might not feel as thirsty as you did during the scorching summer months. But your body still needs ample hydration to function without headaches, fatigue, and other issues that could really put a cramp in your Halloween celebrations. So, be sure to drink enough water, even if that means you trade in the iced teas for herbal hot brews. Pumpkin spice, anyone?
- Take a Leafy Walk
The vibrant foliage isn’t just for Instagram shots. Put on some comfy shoes and take a walk amidst the changing leaves and it will do your health the world of good. Not only is walking fantastic for your physical health, but the colorful scenery and crisp air can do wonders for your mental well-being too.
- Bye-Bye, Beach Ears!
After a summer of pool parties, beach getaways, and sun-soaked adventures, if you are someone who uses them, your hearing aids have been through a lot, even if you do practice good summer hearing aid care. Sand, sweat, and sunscreen residue can clog up these nifty little devices. So, make sure you give them a good cleaning. A clean hearing aid not only functions better but also helps prevent ear infections. Think of it as a spa day for your hearing aids, and who wouldn’t want that?
- Sweater Weather Skin Care
As the air gets cooler, it can also become much drier depending on the conditions where you live. And your skin will likely notice this dryness if it is an issue where you live, which is why you are going to want to stock up on moisturizers, consider using a humidifier at home, and maybe throw in an extra lip balm or two. Keep your skin glowing and kissable, even when the weather’s crisp!
- Sleep Like a Log
With shorter days, your body’s internal clock might go a bit cuckoo. Make sure you’re catching enough Zzzs. A consistent bedtime routine can help you drift off into dreamland more effortlessly.
- Kick the Sugar Habit
With Halloween around the corner, it’s easy to fall into a candy-induced sugar coma. Sure, you can enjoy the treats around in abundance at this time of year, but try to do so in moderation. Remember, too much sugar can wreak havoc on your immune system, just when you need it most.
- Breathe Easy
Fallen leaves can be a breeding ground for mold. If you’re prone to allergies, that means you are going to want to make sure that you rake up those leaves regularly. And maybe invest in an air purifier to keep those indoor allergens at bay. Not only will your lawn look great, but you’ll breathe easy and feel much healthier for it too.
- Stay Social
Just because the beach parties are over doesn’t mean you become a hermit. If you do not want to end up feeling lonely and depressed as the fall kicks in and things get dark and cold, you are going to want to take the time to engage in indoor group activities, like book clubs, Netflix movie marathons with friends, cocktail nights, or whatever tickles your fancy.
As the seasons change, as you can see, it is also a good idea to modify your health habits so that, whatever a particular time of year throws at you, from flu to S.A.D, you are more than ready to tackle it. Make sure this Fall is a healthy one!