With the summer holidays over and many people beginning to settle back into their usual routines of work and school, autumn is traditionally a fruitful and productive time when there is a chance to make positive changes in preparation for the winter. Colder weather and darker evenings can be challenging in many ways, so take some time to ensure that you are doing all that you can to maintain your well-being as the temperature begins to fall. Detailed below are a few simple steps you can take to maximise your chances of enjoying a healthy autumn and trouble-free winter.
Many studies have shown that socialising with other people has a positive effect on mental health, from improving mood to increasing alertness and energy levels. With many adult education colleges starting new courses in early autumn, why not sign up to learn something new? From fencing to foreign languages, there are an incredibly diverse range of classes readily available. Not only will you learn a skill, but there is the chance to make new friends. Many colleges offer subsidised courses for those on a low income, meaning a limited budget need not hold you back.
Winter weather increases the chances of domestic emergencies such as boiler breakdown and burst pipes. Take some time to make sure your boiler and heating system has been serviced before the cold weather arrives and you have suitable home emergency insurance or a contingency plan should heating failure occur. Ill health is also more common as the weather worsens. Check that you have adequate insurance to ensure that if the worst should happen you can concentrate on improving your health rather than worrying about the bills. There are a range of products available, from cancer insurance through to critical illness protection, so now is the time to arrange appropriate cover to bring you peace of mind.
Autumn is the time of harvest, so if you need to overhaul your diet, there’s an incredible range of cheap, seasonal produce in the shops right now which is bursting with vitamins and antioxidants. Try experimenting with a new vegetable or a fruit you haven’t tried before. A healthy diet should be exciting and varied; take advantage of the diversity of unprocessed grains, fruit, vegetables and lean protein which is available to create tasty, satisfying dishes which will also do your body good.
Exercise has numerous health benefits and fine autumn evenings are a great time to go for a walk and enjoy the outdoors. In addition, there are a staggering array of physical activities available, ranging from Zumba to orienteering, rambling, Parkour or tennis. Variety prevents the boredom which many people feel on the treadmill and with such a great selection of physically active pastimes on offer there’s never been a better time to have fun and try something new. Autumn is a time of change and opportunities; use it to achieve some positive lifestyle alterations which will benefit you through the winter months and beyond.