We have reached that time of year again when we want to start preparing for winter. This means changing our routine from summer time. Autumn is about holding onto all that we will need to take us through the winter, you can consider it to be our harvest from the summer. However, this also means that we should let go of everything else that is just cluttering up our minds and environments. So just as the trees shed their leaves at this time of year, we too can also have a clear out, whether that be a physical clear out in our homes or work places, or mentally deciding what is needed in our lives.
Autumn also involves slowing down, following the changes in our environment around us. The trees and plants stop growing so much at this time of year and instead start to store their nutrients for the winter. So we too can start to conserve our energies where possible, whether this means going for a walk rather than a run, or deciding to go to bed 30 minutes earlier. There are many ways that we can slowdown, but picking things that are going to be realistic and sustainable for you and your lifestyle are key.
Another area to change is with relation to food. Our bodies need more warming foods at this time of year, so it is best to avoid those cold salads and raw fruit, but rather have the seasonal vegetables such as pumpkin, squash and sweet potato that will all help to give you the nourishment required to help you through the winter. Other good foods at this time of year include kidney beans, adzuki beans, brown rice or pasta, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, dates, ginger, garlic, greens, parsnips, turnips and oats.
If you are ever unsure about what you think is the best thing to be doing at any given time of year, just look around you at your environment, the plants, the wildlife etc, nature is constantly showing us the way.
Autumn is a really important time to have acupuncture to help you transition through from summer to winter in good health. Autumn is seen as the transitional season in chinese medicine, and if health prevails during this period then we should be well during the winter months.