With the nights drawing in I know a lot of us find ourselves lacking in energy and motivation, and some of us even start to feel quite down at this time of year. I know I find myself not really wanting to do much and start to withdraw from the world around me. This is the perfect time to restore your body and nourish your soul, so I thought I would share with you some simple things you can do to give yourself a little bit of energy, and find a little bit of motivation this Autumn.
Go for a walk in nature
Step outside and see the beauty in the world, the leaves changing colour, the grass sparkling with raindrops. Feel the crisp, fresh air fill your lungs and think of all of the things you are grateful for. If you think long and hard enough you can always find something good in your life, no matter what struggles you may currently be going through. Reminding yourself of these things helps you to see the greatness in your world and think a little more positively. Besides, taking a walk in nature is just good for your well-being in general.
Get plenty of sleep
It is so important to get enough sleep year round for all kinds of health reasons, but at this time of year I seem to need more of it. The busy holiday season is fast approaching so take the time now to get plenty of sleep and you will feel so much more rested and ready to take on the day, whatever it may bring.
Eat lots of different coloured fruits and veggies
Different coloured fruits and veggies provide a wide range of vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed to give you energy, keep you feeling full and help fight off all those cold germs that seem to like to come out in full force around this time of year. Add berries to your breakfast cereal, snack on fruit rather than sweets and crisps, and enjoy veggies or a nice, big salad with your evening meal.
Make sure you drink plenty of water
I don’t know about you, but I know when I haven’t drank enough water. I feel tired, sluggish, and irritable. I tend to crave the foods I know aren’t good for me and don’t really feel like doing very much either. I find using a tumbler like these colourful ones from Etsy help me to drink more throughout the day. Up your water content and you will find it easier to concentrate, and you will look and feel so much better.
Get in some gentle exercise
Try doing something like going for a short midday walk on your lunch break, or take a yoga class in the evening. Even though you expend energy whilst exercising it also gives you more energy throughout the day and is a great stress reliever, helping you to enjoy your day more and get a better nights sleep.
Instead of sticking the TV on and mindlessly watching your old favourite shows, try reading something that makes you feels good, motivates or inspires you. My favourite easy-read is the I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk, but I also recommend books like Jeff Olson’s The Slight Edge, and Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles if you want to feel inspired and motivated to make changes in your life.
Take some “me-time”
Have a bubble bath, put on a face mask and some relaxing music and just chill out. Reflect on the day and think about what you have planned for tomorrow. The aptly named Dreamtime bath melt from Lush is a great product to pop into your bath to help send you off to a peaceful nights sleep whilst leaving your skin feeling soft and moisturised too.
In all honesty, these are things that most of us already know we should try to do but with our busy lives, work stress and kids to look after we often forget to really look after ourselves. Just remember that if you are running yourself down you will be no good to anyone, including yourself. Take the time to love and take care of yourself and everything else will follow.
I hope this has given you a little bit of inspiration or a gentle nudge to do some of these things that you’ve maybe been putting off. Trust me, you will feel so much better when you do. Let me know in the comments how you’re getting on.