This is a collaborative post.
Nights are drawing in, the morning air has a chill and the leaves are starting to fall. A beautiful autumnal wonderland surrounds us but with that coughs and colds seem to sneak our way too.
Autumn is the time of year that you should be focusing on your health, but the run up to Christmas means that there’s probably not a great deal of spare cash to invest in this worthy cause.
Luckily there’s a few inexpensive things you can do to look after yourself in this colourful season and I’ve compiled a little list for you.
Take a walk outside
Exercise improves your health and your mood, so why not make a daily walk in some crunchy leaves part of your daily routine? It’s recommended that everybody tries to fit in a 30 minute walk each day, and now is the perfect time to start!
The best thing about taking a walk outside is that not only is it free, but it’s suitable for all the family too so you can use it to tire out your little ones and spend some quality time with your significant other.
Pick some pumpkins
October brings an abundance of pumpkins, my Instagram feed is full of photos of pumpkin patches. Of course, most people are buying them to carve scary faces into, but don’t forget they’re a food too! Google pumpkin soup recipes, they look great (and if you’re wanting to reduce calories, you can swap the double cream for quark for a low fat alternative).
Eating fresh seasonal vegetables is a great way to help maintain a healthy diet, and depending on where you purchase them from, it can be a really thrifty move. Market stalls and places like Aldi and Lidl tend to have great deals on seasonal veg, so stock up while it’s cheap.
Ditch the cigarettes in favour of E-Cigs
I don’t smoke myself, but a few of my friends have made the switch. My brother substituted E-cigs for normal cigarettes before giving up completely, and largely attributes his quitting to this transition. He says after he switched he definitely noticed he spent less money, as well quickly noticing his breathing improved and he smelled better (presumably from smelling less of smoke, but he didn’t elaborate – maybe he just changed his aftershave!). He also liked the fact there were lots of different flavours available, making it a more pleasant experience than smoking itself.
Another positive to making the switch is that you can do it in most public places, meaning no more shivering in a smoking shelter when the weather it terrible!
The Aspire E-Cig Premium Kit has everything you need to make the switch. It shouldn’t be long before you, too, start to notice the benefits.
Switch to decaf
This colder weather means that it’s oh-so comforting to curl up on the sofa with a hot drink, and because it’s so cosy, it’s so tempting to have a lot more hot drinks than you normally would.
Drinking plenty is always a good move, but the most common hot drinks (tea, coffee and hot chocolate) all have caffeine in. An increase in caffeine intake can have a negative effect on your sleep patterns, which has a knock-on effect with your health
Switching up to a decaffeinated alternative or trying a new herbal tea (read the label to see about caffeine, some herbal teas still contain it) can give you all the cosy benefits of lots of hot drinks, without keeping you up at night. I’m pretty fond of a chamomile, vanilla and manuka honey tea for sweet treat in the evening.
Don’t forget your mental health
Mental health is a big part of your general wellbeing, it’s just as important as your physical health. As a parent (which I know most of my readers are) it can be hard to find time to do anything just for you, even if it’s just reading a book in peace. If you’re having trouble finding the time to properly care for your mind, call on your partner or a family member to buy you an hour of ‘me time’.
If you find yourself with an hour to spare but no idea what to do with yourself (probably because you never dreamt you’d get as far as persuading someone to give you an hour off) then have a look at this list of suggestions I compiled to help make mumlife a bit more manageable.
Your health is an important asset, remember to care for it appropriately in the different seasons and change up your routine for variety.
What do you do to look after yourself? I’d love to read your tips in the comments!