Cotswold Life

Boost your well­be­ing this au­tumn

Jo Fel­lows’ top tips to help you re­bal­ance and re­ju­ve­nate with the change of sea­son

- Jo Fel­lows is an Ad­vanced Yoga Teacher, Reiki Mas­ter and Sound Ther­a­pist. Dis­cover more about her classes and treat­ments for well­be­ing on In­sta­gram at jofel­lowswell­be­ing, or at www.jofel­lows.com

As the leaves change colour and the trees let them go, we’re re­minded that na­ture has a plan for healthy liv­ing. As the leaves fall they cre­ate fer­tile ground that gives po­ten­tial for growth come spring. It’s a good time to prac­tice this let­ting go in our lives too, so that we can em­brace ex­cit­ing new be­gin­nings.

Our breath is a con­stant re­minder to be aware of that which needs to be re­leased and let go. Take a mo­ment to sit qui­etly and no­tice your own breath – as you breathe in sense the cool air on your nos­trils. Feel that breath flow down to your lower belly as your tummy rises. Then as you ex­hale re­lease the tummy back to­wards the spine and no­tice warm air leave your nos­trils. Pay at­ten­tion to the qual­ity of your breath – smooth in­hales and smooth ex­hales will help your body to re­lease and re­lax.

With the busy­ness of sum­mer over, now is the per­fect time to de­clut­ter. Start by go­ing through ev­ery­thing you own and ask your­self whether items are use­ful or if they bring joy. If the an­swer is no, then re­cy­cle or give them away so that some­one else can en­joy them. Once only your most use­ful or joy-giv­ing be­long­ings re­main, put them where they’re ac­ces­si­ble, rather than squir­relling them away. The im­pact of liv­ing in an or­gan­ised en­vi­ron­ment will help you feel more in con­trol.

Main­stream sci­en­tific stud­ies prove that na­ture heals. Con­nect­ing to our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment in nat­u­ral light has im­me­di­ate pos­i­tive ef­fects on stress, de­pres­sion, blood pres­sure and our im­mune sys­tem. So, when­ever pos­si­ble, get out­doors and use all your senses to ap­pre­ci­ate the wilder side of na­ture that au­tumn has to of­fer. Be­ing in touch with the sea­sons will help you be more mind­ful of the present, and you’ll be­come more re­silient to the ups and downs of life.

It’s prob­a­bly safe to say that you’re aware that ex­er­cis­ing’s good for you. But this word may be weighed down with feel­ings of obli­ga­tion. So, in­stead, think of it as just move­ment. This is one of your body’s ba­sic func­tions, not only im­prov­ing mood, but also help­ing us to com­bat stress, anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion. It helps to keep us healthy, helps make bones strong and im­proves cog­ni­tive per­for­mance. You don’t need to go for a marathon run, ev­ery­day move­ment such as danc­ing, gar­den­ing or tak­ing up a new class such as yoga will all help. Just keep mov­ing!

Too lit­tle sleep can cause high blood pres­sure, a ten­dency to be over­weight and emo­tional im­bal­ances. One rea­son why peo­ple find they can’t sleep is be­cause they’re wor­ry­ing about things. Frus­trat­ingly, this then turns into worry about not get­ting enough sleep! Sleep is the ul­ti­mate way of re­leas­ing and let­ting go. While we sleep, our sys­tems cleanse and or­gan­ise our brains. If you’re hav­ing dif­fi­culty with sleep, try the breath­ing tech­nique above or count­ing your breaths.

Aim to eat a healthy, bal­anced diet with plenty of veg­eta­bles and fewer sug­ary pro­cessed foods. Na­ture pro­vides the right foods at the right times, so try to eat sea­sonal, lo­cal­ly­grown pro­duce wher­ever pos­si­ble. Foods that will nour­ish and care for our bod­ies in au­tumn in­clude root veg­eta­bles, green leafy veg­eta­bles, au­tumn fruits, legumes and whole grains.

As the days get shorter, con­sid­er­ing tak­ing a Vi­ta­min D sup­ple­ment. This vi­ta­min is pro­duced by your skin’s ex­po­sure to sun­shine, and is es­sen­tial for healthy strong bones, im­mu­nity and to stop us from feel­ing fa­tigued.

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Jo Fel­lows

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