Beat the End of Summer Blues



If you are struggling to get back into routine with the cooler weather approaching, here are some ways to beat those blues and get you excited for this new season ahead: Get warm and cozy Pull out your fall knits and stock up on blankets and fuzzy socks. I love to sip on warm teas like chai and apple cinnamon. As the temperatures drop, it feels so comforting to warm up to something cozy. 2) Get creative in the kitchen I don’t know about you but fall is my favourite time to try out new recipes. Pumpkin spice and squash everything please. I love to play with the seasonal flavours and use warming spices like nutmeg, ginger, cardamon and cinnamon that our bodies crave as we see cooler temps. These warming spices are also great to boost digestion as the colder climate tends to slow everything down. 3) Make exciting plans With the days getting shorter, it can be easy to not want to do anything. Making plans with friends or family to go see a movie or have a dinner date are great because they give you something exciting to look forward to! You can even start planning your next trip as something to be motivated towards! 4) Get outdoors There are still plenty of beautiful sunny days in the fall and it is so important to get into nature and soak up that Vitamin D to boost your mood. Bonus: fall hikes are beautiful as the leaves are all changing colours. 5) Embrace the season One of my favourite ways to embrace fall is to be grateful for all this season has to offer. From apple picking, to visiting the pumpkin patch. Or just by simply getting yourself a Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoying it on a cool day, embracing these little things fall has to offer will make the transition from summer to fall much more pleasant. 6) Exercise I know it can be super easy to get sucked into a Netflix marathon after work when it’s already getting dark and gloomy. The last thing you wan to do it workout, but exercise is so important at this time of year to boost our mood and wellbeing. When exercising, your body releases endorphins which are natural mood enhancers that make us feel good! 7) Get into a routine Since summer is generally more relaxed and less structured, use this time now to get into a healthy routine. Planning your morning routine, meals, workouts, self-care time, goals, etc can be super motivating and following a schedule can make you much more productive. Making an effort to wake up earlier will allow for a longer day and seeing more sunlight! Meditating and being mindful are also great for mood! 8) Eat nutrient dense foods Making sure you are getting the proper nutrients is also key for boosting mood and wellbeing. Eating foods rich in l-tryptophan like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and oats help boost serotonin and melatonin which are responsible for quality sleep and positive mood. B vitamins can be found in dark leafy greens are important as they aid with energy production, immune system support and de-stressing. Magnesium rich foods like almond butter, cacao, brazil nuts, and beans are super important for benefiting digestion, quality sleep, mood, and relaxing skeletal muscles. Supplementing Vitamin D or eating more wild salmon and eggs is beneficial as there is less natural sunlight is also great for boosting mood, energy, and wellbeing. Following a nutrient dense diet will boost digestion and thus boost mood. 9) Try something new Fall is the perfect time to find a new hobby or get into something that interests you! Whether it be a bookclub or taking photography lessons, keeping yourself busy with something you are passionate about is a great way to feel good! 10) Declutter your space As we tend to spend more time in the fall indoors, I like to take this time to declutter my home. A decluttered space is a decluttered mind and really does wonders for your wellbeing. I like to get organized and create a mini oasis in my home to relax and unwind in.  Post written by:

Jess Koper

@jessfitnessbarbie

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