AUTUMN CHEAT SHEET

Connection, Kindness & Purpose

The seasons have once again shifted, so it’s time for our Autumn Cheat Sheet, with little tips and advice you need to be your best self for the next few months. The fall is a season of transition, a time to strengthen our bodies in preparation for winter. But sometimes in order to strengthen we need to slow down, re-focus and become more rooted in who we are. Autumn is the perfect time to reset so that we are ready for the months again.


In autumn we move away from the external, expansive nature of summer to a more introspective and calming season. A major process associated with autumn is letting go, so it’s a good time to finish projects, be mindful of anything we are holding onto and release any harboured negativity or weightiness to make room for new ventures, energy, learning and growth. In Chinese Medicine, the organ associated with autumn is the lungs. When in balance, the lungs represent clear thinking, communication, openness to new ideas, positive self image, strength and motivation. One the flip side, the lungs are also associated with grief and sadness - so imbalances can result in difficulty coping with loss and change, alienation from friends, poor immunity prolonged sadness and even depression. This doesn’t mean that autumn is a time for sadness, quite the opposite actually - it’s an opportunity to be mindful, be a little more kind to yourself and let go of anything that isn’t serving you. You may find things popping up that you thought you had tucked away - instead of fighting them, try to deal with them in a healthier, more compassionate way so that you are able to move forward.

As the weather changes, so does our digestion, so start to shift your focus away from salads and raw foods to cooked vegetables with warming spices. The lungs also govern our immune system, so strengthening the lungs will help fight against cold & flu. With a refocusing of energy, autumn often brings clarity and a new sense of motivation - spend some time decluttering your life so that you can devote your energy and focus on fewer, more impactful things.

THE BODY NEEDS

  • Deep connection
  • Focus
  • Energy
  • Awareness
  • Introspection
  • Organisation
  • Challenge
  • Boundaries
  • Sleep
  • Communication & thoughtfulness

THINGS TO DECREASE

  • Grief
  • Resistance to change
  • Reliving the past
  • Starting things you can’t finish
  • Screen time
  • Cold food
  • Late nights
  • Excess salt
  • Reactivity, and being overly sensitive

THINGS TO EMBRACE

  • Moving forward
  • Purpose
  • Slippers
  • Reading
  • Spontaneity
  • Being in the moment
  • Savoury breakfasts
  • Spiced smoothies
  • Slow cooking
  • Self acceptance
  • Meditation
  • Everyday kindness
  • Long, engaging dinner parties with close friends
  • Setting limits

EAT MORE

  • Aromatic & stimulating herbs/foods like ginger, onion, garlic, cinnamon, cardamon and chilli
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Cabbage
  • Pears & Apples (especially stewed)
  • Miso
  • Leeks, brocoli, asparagus, celery, chard, mustard greens
  • Banana, apricot
  • Tomatoes
  • Lemon, limes, grapefruit
  • Sauerkraut
  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Asparagus, spinach, sprouts and broccoli
  • Squash, sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin
  • Plum
  • Tomato

AUTUMN TONICS

  • Pranayama/yogic breathing
  • Restorative yoga (get ready for some tears!)
  • Herbs that promote lung health like oregano, eucalyptus, chaparral
  • Warm green soups with ginger and chilli
  • Probiotics
  • Electrolytes
  • Kombucha
  • Chaga & medicinal mushrooms
  • Yin tonics like Rehmannia, shatavari, lobelia
CONTRIBUTED BY

Rhian

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