The first day of fall, also called the autumnal or fall equinox, officially ushers in the new season and its promise of crisp air, show-stopping leaf displays, and the height of apple-picking. This year, the autumnal equinox is on Monday, September 23. This day is an astronomical start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
The word “equinox” comes from the Latin words aequus, meaning “equal,” and nox, “night.” On the equinox, day and night are roughly equal in terms of length.
During the equinox, the sun crosses what is called the “celestial equator” — and imaginary extension into the space of Earth’s equator line. The equinox occurs precisely when the sun’s center passes through this line. When the sun crosses the equator from north to south, this marks the autumnal equinox. When it crosses from south to north, this marks the vernal equinox.
After the autumnal equinox, nights begin to grow longer than days, later ending with the December solstice, when days start to grow longer and nights shorter. With the kids back in school and some possible summer projects that aren’t quite checked off the to-do list, this season can be an especially busy time of year. In other words, the transition to shorter and busier days can be a challenge. On top of which, exposure to the lowering temperatures can cause serious health issues. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone can be affected.
To help ease the change, here are 8 fall wellness tips to help get you through the colder months and keep both your mental and physical health in check!
As we get less and less exposure to the sun, our vitamin D intake decreases. Boost your mood and immune system with a Vitamin D supplement.
One of the single best ways to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year in the fall. Help prevent spreading the virus by covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands often and stay home if you get sick. Please consult with your doctor on this tip.
You can do this by drinking plenty of water, washing your hands often, and eating nutritious food. Up your vitamin C intake by starting the day with hot water with lemon, eating a grapefruit, or take some ImmunoComplex supplements to boost your immune system functions.
Go to bed earlier when you can, especially the week before the clock changes. By doing this, you can slowly regulate your internal clock to adjust to fall/winter hours and the increased darkness.
Harsh temperatures can make your skin dry. Moisturize your skin and lips to prevent them from chapping in the cold weather.
It can be easy to turn into a couch potato when the weather turns cooler. For the fall, try less conventional workouts to spruce up your regimen. Take a ballroom dance class or tai-chi. Explore different activities and you’ll be energized by the change.
Celebrate the season by eating its seasonal bounty. Beets, broccoli, kale, and root vegetables are especially delicious (not to mention nutritious) this time of year!
The cooler months bring longer nights and increased holiday celebrations. This can cause weight gain and a low mood. Listen to your body and give it what it needs. Don’t beat yourself up.
The key to this season is to be mindful and try to enjoy this its changes!
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