Yoga: Autumn doesn’t have to mean colds and flu… health tips to keep you feeling good as new

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Most of us have become conditioned to expecting to be blighted by at least one bout of cold or flu per year and with winter drawing near, the bugs and germs have a tendency to proliferate so what can you do to help prevent yourself from this demise? Above all, stay happy through winter!

Mother nature has provided plentiful methods to boost our immune system from the way we eat to the way we use our bodies. Remembering that our state of mind has a direct correlation to the state of our body too, it’s important to recognise the impact of our psychology on our state of wellbeing.

Change your expectations

Accept the place you’re in now. With less daylight and colder temperatures, most of us find it harder to motivate ourselves to continue taking part in the high energy, fast moving activities we did over the summer. Fighting this can result in us beating ourselves up mentally because we don’t feel like doing the same things causing us unnecessary mental upset. Instead, why not practice loving kindness and work with your body? Change the focus of your activities to those that are creative and spend more time on exercise that can be conducted indoors and in the warm. A fatal mistake is to give up exercise over the winter altogether but if you’re feeling low on energy, one of the best ways to re-energise is by getting moving.

Don’t overburden yourself

Stress levels often rocket through winter with pressure from fuel bills and the expectations of Christmas. Find ways of exchanging gifts in kind instead of buying products or take time to craft things yourself helping you achieve your change in focus. Here are some great ideas

Go frolic in the leaves and surround yourself with daylight

Try and get outside for at least an hour each day and limit your use of artificial light. If you start to feel depressed and/or low on energy due to light deficiency, you’ll be more prone to physical illness.

‘Light is critical for our health and wellbeing. Ensuring that we receive adequate light levels at the appropriate time of day benefits our alertness, mood, productivity, sleep patterns and many aspects of our physiology,’ says Dr Victoria Revell, a chronobiologist at the University of Surrey. Read more: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/wellbeing/how-light-affects-your-health.htm#ixzz3FY8Oh6bq

Eat for the season

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The vegetables available during autumn and winter will be plentiful in exactly the nutrients you need to survive the season.

Embrace the yummy foods that Autumn offers. Enjoy fresh pumpkins, parsnips, yams, winter squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, apples, pears, figs, elderberries and even cranberries!
Some of my favorite fresh seasonal dishes are creamy pumpkin soup, roasted root vegetables, braised red cabbage, baked sweet potatoes, caramelized pears and crisp apple pies. In fact, I recently discovered a couple of amazing recipes for squash which came with my delivery from Abel & Cole… Check it out here…

Affirmation

The law of attraction can help you. Here’s an example of an affirmation you could repeat each and every morning…

“Thank you universe for helping me stay well during the colder period.”

Meditate

Stress levels directly impact your physical health. If you are stressed, your immune system won’t work properly never mind all the other negative effects on the body and one way of combating this is to spend time meditating. This also gives you a great excuse to wrap yourself up in a cosy blanket and do absolutely nothing!

Cleansing yoga practices

Attend your yoga class. You will work through breathing exercises and yoga postures which cleanse and detoxify your mind and body! All of my latest classes can be found listed on the homepage and with my latest Winscombe Family Yoga Class, you can now involve the whole family here

However, should you find yourself feeling under the weather, a great pick me up is an indian head massage or reiki treatment.

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