Oh, how cyclical we are in nature. I notice shifts in my attitude, mindset and body with a change of the seasons and as I’ve gotten older, my self-care always needs a bit of a revamp with the change of seasons — a ceremony of sorts to shed my summer skin for my winter goosebumps, bare feet for heather socks and brushed shoulders for wool coats. What I found was the creation of a seasonal self-care routine that helped me feel really jazzed about the transition from one season to the next and today, I’m going to share my fall version with you.
Indulge in your Fall senses:
I am basic through and through when it comes to all things that taste, smell, feel like fall. Indulging in the Fall senses is a game changer because it allows my body (and spirit) to transition into that season. Plus, and I may be biased, I am seriously grateful to live in a world where Fall smells + textures exist; Cinnamon. Cedar. Fur. Rain. Earthy Oils. Hot Toddies. Pine. Firewood. Wool. Leather. Time to light that candle or diffuse those essential oils.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate:
Your body. Your skin. Your spirit. Often times we think that we lose fluids mostly in the summer because of the hot sun, but we can dry up just as quickly in the Fall due to the dry, cool air. Spice up your water warm with cinnamon cloves and lemon, rub your body (and hair!) with coconut oil infused with earthy smells and add a pinch of salt in your morning lemon water to keep the sodium + water level in your body balanced. Soak it all up.
With the rain and cold, we tend to spend less time outside in the fall vs. the summer. However, cold air does the body and soul good, not to mention that everything is virtually changing before your eyes. Take a moment to walk outside and focus on the small things like the mix of colors or a dying plant. That change in perspective may bring about a new mindset or much-needed inspiration.
Warm foods and liquids:
Root veggies; hearty and cozy feeling foods; broth, broth and more broth; these things will be your snuggliest friends during fall + winter. Add hearty and earthy ingredients into your meals such as brown rice, lamb, or beets. Splurge on that Trader Joe’s harvest tea that smells like fall in a cup, swap your IPA for local cider or make a big vat of your favorite soup and freeze the rest. Take advantage of seasonal ingredients and whatever grows best in your state and create an entire meal around that ingredient. Time to spice your cooking game up a bit — pun intended.
This is by far one of my favorite recipes of all time and is particularly welcomed during the colder months:
TURKEY QUINOA MEATBALLS by Brian Loftus //
1 lb. ground turkey
1 tbsp of coconut or olive oil
1 cup of cooked quinoa
1 tbsp of salt
1 tsp of pepper
1 tsp of chili powder
1/2 tsp of cumin
1 tbsp of curry powder
1/4 cup of chopped parsley
A pink of cayenne pepper
1 cup of kale + sauteed broccoli as a side
1 cup of coconut milk
1/4 cup of curry paste
1. Cook quinoa (1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water or your favorite stock)
2. While quinoa is cooking, combine in a large bowl ground turkey, spices and herbs. 3. Add cooked and cooled quinoa (the most natural way to do this is to spread it out on a baking sheet) to turkey mixture.
4. Using a 1-2 inch baller, create meatballs.
5. Place meatballs on baking sheet and bake in oven for 20 mins at 400 degrees.
1. Bring coconut milk to a boil. Once it boils, lower to a simmer and keep it on low heat.
2. Add curry paste to coconut milk and whisk until combined.
3. Add cooked meatballs to saucepan and coconut curry. Cover with lid. Cook for 5 minutes and serve over cooked kale and broccoli.
Capitalize on your introversion:
Write, read, watch movies, meditate. It’s the time of the year where things slow down, including us, and that can leave us feeling stifled or lifeless. Change that perspective and take advantage of the slower energy by allowing yourself to chill. Have self-compassion for your body and spirit in whatever state it’s in and refuel — you’ll want that energy once spring + summer roll back around.
Surround yourself with seasonal music:
Music heightens every part of my being. It’s been a huge part of my life since I was a little girl, singing Billy Joel with my parents over our (80’s) state of the art stereo and remembering them as some of my most blissful days. Bringing in seasonally oriented music is just another way to dive deep and reflect on the transition and changes the season brings. Personally, I reach for the Spotify playlist “Autumn Acoustics” and get my fill with tunes such as Petrichor by Keaton Henson or Back to Autumn by Tall Heights.