Autumn has arrived in Humboldt County. It’s a new season, and there is also a new you in town. You may not have noticed, but you are different than last year at this time. Your experiences have created new memories, and you are changed. What are you going to do with this new you?
Do you find yourself slipping into old routines without evaluating their worth? Would you rather make a few different choices – healthier choices that make more sense for the new you?
For Your Family: Healthy Eating
Chances are, someone in your household is back in school this Fall. But it’s not the same, is it? No matter how old they are, students start the school year in a new grade. There is a whole new mindset with this obvious sign of growth and accomplishment. Some similarities to the last year remain, but the differences can be dramatic.
It’s a great time to make changes. You can capitalize on this new mindset in all sorts of ways, whether you’re a mom or dad living with all of your family under the same roof, or a student in a household of people you just met. One way is to establish new meal and snacks routines.
- Eat at least one meal a day together as a family, or as a household. If you live alone, eat at least one meal differently- perhaps making the choice not to read your phone messages while sitting at the table.
- If cereal is on the menu for breakfast, choose a healthier cereal, and add fresh fruits.
- Add fresh fruits and vegetables to all meals and snacks
- Plan and prepare after school snacks ahead of time to provide healthy grab-and-go alternatives.
For Your Self: Practice Mindfulness
Many of us chose to fill this past summer with adventure. From weekends at the river or lake to extended road trips and more, we planned and schemed and anticipated in spring, and reaped the benefits throughout the summer. Now that fall has arrived, why not spend that extra energy by looking inward, and setting an intention for mindfulness?
It doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are three examples of mindfulness you can choose right now:
- Take time every day to notice your breathing. Focus totally on the flow of air and the rise and fall of your belly.
- Take regular walks outside. As you walk, focus on the feeling of your shoes/feet touching the ground with each stride. Simply notice what’s happening with the connection between your feet and the ground. Focus less on where you are going and more on the moment.
- Practice active listening. Listen without judgement, and without speaking. Set an intention to focus on understanding what the speaker has to say.
For your Body: Take Care of Your Skin
We may not have the extreme weather changes that other areas of the country do, but Humboldt County does start transitioning into cooler weather in the fall. And as you consider breaking out your fall and winter wardrobe, now is also the time to consider changing your skincare regime.
As a general rule, your skin tends to be oilier in the summer. The cooler, drier weather of the Fall will dry that skin out. It makes sense, then, that you need different skincare products, especially for your face. Here are some ideas:
- Swap your traditional face wash or summer cleanser for a non-drying, sulfate-free cleanser.
- Add an alcohol-free toner to boost hydration.
- Switch your moisturizer. If a gel worked for you in the summer, an oil-free lotion might be the key in the Fall. If you have been using that lotion already in the summertime, consider changing to a heavier cream. Check with our aesthicians at the spa and we’ll be happy to help you choose just the right product to benefit your skin.
- Continue to use sunscreen!
- Get a facial. Our new Honey Wine Resveratrol Recovery Facial is an ideal antidote to skin dehydrated by the summer heat. Check out our FALL NEWSLETTER for more information on the facial and the new-to-the-spa Wine-poached Pear Stress Reduction Body Treatment.
Changing your routines in favor of a heathier choice is a great way to celebrate this new you. And whether you use one of these ideas or something different, we’d love to hear about what worked for you during your next visit to the spa.