It’s that time of year when we have to put away the swimsuits and dust off the sweaters and joggers for apple picking and pumpkin spice sweets. We need to remember it’s ok to enjoy fall without overindulging. Here are a few fall reminders.
Exercise improves mood and enhances happiness. Try an early morning hike with friends which can lift our spirits and sets us up for a successful, productive day.
Eat a Healthy diet
Forming healthy nutritional habits involves taking small steps, as opposed to a major overhaul all at once. Keep it attainable by making simple healthy choices as often as you can.
Stress is an inevitable part of life. What’s not inevitable is allowing it to be a drag on your happiness. Instead, learn to manage stress through mindful exercise, (yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi), meditation, deep breathing or hobbies that bring you peace and joy.
A sense of community is important to spiritual, emotional and mental health. Time with friends, family and loved ones is a great way to recharge your batteries and experience happiness.
Get Enough Sleep
Recovery is a vital aspect of physical health – any athlete will tell you that downtime is essential to optimize performance – but it’s also essential for your mental health. Sleep is when your body recovers from the previous day’s events and prepares for what’s to come. The average person needs between six and eight hours of sleep per day.
Being mindfully grateful –take a moment to pause every day or multiple times a day to appreciate the good things – can help cultivate a positive mindset that carries over to every aspect of your life. Research has shown that grateful people are often happier, healthier and less stressed.
Be Kind to Yourself
Do your best to incorporate as many of these happiness-inducing habits into your lifestyle as you can. And then release any negative emotions tied to where you feel you may have fallen short and celebrate the small accomplishments along the way.