With fall comes brilliant sunsets, crisp air, beautiful foliage, and unfortunately, shorter days. With less daylight and a busy work schedule, it can sometimes feel like there isn’t enough time in the day.
But this is when we need to be especially mindful about making self-care a priority. During the seasonal transition into fall, it is essential to prepare our minds and bodies for the colder months ahead – especially if you work in a medical office where germs are around every corner! Here are five simple ways to maintain wellness during the upcoming autumn season, even when you’re stuck behind your desk.
Prepare yourself for daylight savings time.
It is no coincidence that the days are shortening. Darkness is settling in sooner, plants are shedding their leaves, and animals are prepping for the cold. It’s obvious that nature is telling us it is time to slow down, and when you work in a busy medical practice it is essential that you listen. Go to bed earlier, especially the week before the clocks change. Longer periods of darkness means your body needs longer periods of rest. Establish a healthy nighttime routine that lets your mind and body know it’s bedtime. Banish all electronics from your room, invest in quality pillows and mattresses, avoid large meals and caffeine before bed, go to sleep and wake up at the same time, and make sure your room is completely dark when you’re ready to sleep. Ensure your room is tidy and keep the temperature slightly chilly for optimal rest. Implementing a consistent routine will help your body develop an internal clock, which will also help you sleep longer and better.
Get your flu shot.
The best way to protect against the flu this fall season is to get your shot as soon as possible. According to WebMD, “your best bet is to get a flu shot early in the season so your body has a chance to build up immunity to the virus. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to protect you.”
Think of everything you do with your hands each day at the office. Now think of everything you touch with those hands, including your own body. With flu season bearing down, now is the perfect time to clean and sterilize those things you touch all the time. Thoroughly wipe down your keyboard, tablet, phone and desk. Make sure to wash your hands regularly and keep your clean streak going by using wipes to sanitize other surfaces you commonly touch outside of the office. Go one step further by putting a large bottle of hand sanitizer on your desk. Not only will this visually remind you to regularly clean your hands, but it will inspire others who are visiting your space to do the same.
Inactivity triggers a sluggish body and mind. It slows down circulation and metabolism, and can weaken the immune system. Whether you choose a brisk walk on your lunch break, yoga in the park, or even raking leaves in the evening, make sure you keep your body moving, while taking full advantage of the beautiful outdoors.
You can do this by drinking lots of water, taking supplements, and eating in-season and nutrient rich foods. Staying hydrated is essential all year long, but aids in fighting off pesky germs during flu season. According to Everyday Health, “one recent study found that staying hydrated may boost a particular immune response to enable your body to better fight the viruses.” And if you aren’t getting enough vitamins and minerals naturally, ensure that you are getting them somehow. We get most of our Vitamin D from the sun, so our intake decreases when the weather is colder. If you find you are not getting outside much, a Vitamin D supplement can boost your mood and your system!
In addition to all the above tips, make taking care of you a priority. You take care of people all day, so at the end of it, it’s time to take of yourself. Dedicate some time to soak in a luxurious bubble bath complete with oils and Epsom salts. Give yourself 30 minutes at night for some peaceful reading, accompanied with a virgin hot toddy or a cup of lavender tea. Try some new baking recipes, plan a weekly night out with friends, or a retreat into the woods for the weekend. Whatever you do, take the time to pamper yourself and decompress, it can have major physical and mental benefits!
‘Tis the season to reflect and be kind to yourself! This time of year can cause weight gain, the shorter days can cause a depressed mood, and the flu season can leave you miserable with sickness. Listen to your body and give it what it needs. We hope these tips help you maintain wellness so you can fully enjoy the beauty of the fall season.Posted by