Kind Guide To Staying Grounded This Fall
Autumn is the season of change, a time to make a new beginning, a fresh start. It's an opportunity to set new goals and embark on new creative endeavors. It is also the season of abundance and the perfect time to give thanks and reflect on what we have.
Autumn is also a time to pay attention, be mindful of daily routines and practices, and to set intentions. With the leaves falling and the wind stirring the air it is important to find ways to keep ourselves grounded. In Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of life and medicine, this time of year is called vata season, depicted by qualities of dry, rough, windy, cool, and erratic. In order to stay balanced think of opposite qualities such as moisture, warmth, smoothness, slowness, regularity and focus. Transitions can be hard on our bodies, extra care is needed to stay healthy and vital. Here are some tips to usher in the fall and make the change a bit smoother.
#1 Get Grounded: Cultivate stillness in your daily life. Take time to connect with yourself, set intentions. Reduce the amount of rushing, traveling and running around. Begin to draw your energy inward, prepare for the winter. Stay in more and focus on home life. Make your home cozy and warm. Meditate, write, practice gentle restorative yoga. BREATHE!
#2 Focus on Warm and Nourishing Foods: Notice what foods come into season in the fall. Winter squash, pumpkins, apples, sweet potatoes, root vegetables and dark leafy greens. Warm, wet and deeply nourishing foods will bring us into balance. Soups, stews, porridges and warming teas as well as spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and turmeric bring the qualities we are trying to embody in the fall. Minimize all dry, rough, raw, cold foods, as these foods can aggravate and increase vata.
#3 Create Rhythm and Routine: Try to do the same things at the same time each day, bedtime, waking in the morning, mealtimes, exercise, etc. Waking early and enjoying the silence and stillness of the morning will bring peace and grounding.
#4 Give Your Skin Some Love: Nourish and moisturize your skin with daily self-massage. I like to use warm sesame oil for its calming and grounding properties. Before a shower or bath begin massaging the soles of the feet and move upward toward the heart in a light circular motion. Shower or bathe but do not wash away the oil with soap, let it protect and nourish your skin. Daily massage helps to stimulate the lymphatic system and move toxins out of the body. Daily self-care rituals are also a beautiful way to take charge of your health.
#5 Cleanse: Fall is a perfect time of year to take care of your liver. Drink warm water with lemon to aid in digestion, eat dark leafy greens such as arugula, spinach, and chard. Eat your beets, they are a great natural liver detoxifier. Try a detox bath with Epsom salts or a little apple cider vinegar. It is also a good time to focus on cleansing our environment as well. Out with the old and in with the new. Clear the cobwebs, de-clutter, and clear the air. Make space for new thoughts and intentions!