How to Stay Centered During Seasonal Transitions
By Juliana Marie Tringali, N.D.
Here we are at that exquisite time of year when the leaves are turning to a rich red and golden-brown. A light crisp breeze fills the air, pumpkins and squashes are plentiful, fall harvests fill the stores, the kids are going back to school, the days are ever-shorter, and the fast-paced energy of sweet summer nights is gently slowing down as it welcomes us to relish the stillness. Some people feel unsettled by seasonal changes while others welcome spending quality time indoors. Whatever your reaction, seasonal change is a perfect time to cleanse the whole person — body, mind and spirit. Here are some suggestions.
Daily Centering Practice
The lingering days from the end of summer to the start of fall are a lovely call from Mother Nature to journey inward. So often during times of stillness, the mind may feel unrest and the body following the mind easily becomes ungrounded. Coming back to self is a moment-by-moment practice, and when nourished with love, the act of doing so becomes more inviting. Allow the stillness to offer you space to reorganize your schedule and sync it to fall’s energy; fresh, new and abundant. Your daily practice may be meditation, journaling, prayer, yoga or nature. The more you take the time to invest in connecting to your inner self, the clearer your heart’s intentions will become, and you’ll take the steps needed to manifest them.
Summer to Fall Seasonal Cleanse
Now is the time to engage in a whole foods seasonal cleanse or nourishing juice fast. You may find your body gravitating towards healing broths, steamed vegetables, and fresh fruits while eliminating or avoiding heavy meats, nuts/seeds, fats and oils. The body is a trustworthy guide. If you honor its wisdom, it will respond most favorably by flushing out harsh chemicals, pollutants and toxins that no longer serve it. As a result, you’ll find yourself feeling lighter, mentally clearer, and ready to engage in fall festivities.
Keeping the Immune System Strong
During the transition from summer to fall and its cooler weather, you may find yourself becoming more susceptible to getting sick. Sleep, nutrition, hydration, and exercise support a healthy immune system. Engage in 7-10 hours of sleep per night, a colorful diet of anti-oxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, a minimum of 8-10 cups of water per day, and 30-60 minutes of physical activity daily. Add immune-boosting supplements such as those in the previous article, Give Your Gut a Healthy Tune-up. Keep good hygiene habits including proper hand washing to ward off the common bugs.