Late September officially marks the changeover period from summer months to the oncoming autumn. The days are starting to get shorter, the weather is cooler and everyone starts to retreat indoors a little more. It’s also the typical time of year where you can start to feel a little run down. As such, it’s also the perfect time to start putting a little more time and effort into your self-care routine. What that looks like will differ for everyone. Perhaps you want to work on making your diet a little more balanced or maybe you’ve had a super social summer and need some time alone to recoup. Regardless of how you like to relax and look after yourself, we’ve got suggestions ranging from what you’re eating to how you’re looking after your body, skin and hair.
Make the most of the last of the sunshine outdoors
It’s always tempting to recede into the warm indoors when the temperature drops, but getting some time outside while you still can is always a good idea. Sunshine, fresh air and exercise all help with mood - releasing feel good hormones and helping with your vitamin D levels. Whether go you alone for some quiet time or invite a friend you haven't seen in a while for some company, reconnecting with the outdoors is a calming way to spend an afternoon. Pick a day one weekend to head to your local park and enjoy the colours of the falling leaves. Alternatively, walk down to your local market to pick up from fresh ingredients to get creative with in the kitchen. This brings us nicely to our next tip.
Look for new recipes to try
Cold weather often equals a craving for comfort food, so take the opportunity to look into some new recipes. It’s also the perfect time to look at which fruits and vegetables are in season. Things like blackberries are at their peak and apples and pears are just coming into season. Baking something like a blackberry apple crumble is a wonderful way to make the most of seasonal flavours.
If veggies are of more interest, cauliflower, leeks, new season potatoes and butternut squash are all being harvested at the moment. Taking a selection and boiling until they’re soft, seasoning and blending until smooth is an easy and tasty way to make a comforting autumnal soup. Perfect for those quiet evenings in when it’s raining outside and you can also freeze it to save for another day if you cook up a large portion. If you want to add a touch of something a bit unique, fresh slices of chillies and a drizzle of hemp seed oil is a wonderful way to go. When cooking seems like too much effort, upping your fruit and veggie intake can be as easy as just blitzing a whole lot of tasty bits together in the blender to make a fresh smoothie.
Up your hydration levels
Even when you’re not living in a sunny climate, you still need to hydrate both your insides and your outsides. Investing in a hydroflask or reusable keep-cup to keep water or a herbal brew on you is perfect. Sipping throughout the day helps your brain work better, aids digestion and increases the absorption of nutrients.
Adding more moisture to your skin and hair care is also a good idea. The heat from radiators can be especially drying and cooler temperatures can make you less inclined to drink as much water. Counteract this by incorporating a hydrating mask into your routine once a week, or a serum created to care for parched skin. Apply after cleansing before your usual moisturiser for best effect.
Your body and hair might also benefit from a bit of extra care too. Adding extra hydration there doesn’t need to cost a lot or take much effort. Spritzing some oil onto the ends after washing can give it a boost. Or, for a more intensive treatment, slather a small handful over your hair and leave it to soak for an hour before shampooing and conditioning as normal. We’d recommend something like the Energising Moisturising oil from Hempen. This blend is especially wonderful for when you’re feeling a little lethargic thanks to the stimulating fragrance of peppermint and grapefruit essential oils. You can use it on your hair and skin, making it a perfect all-rounder to keep on your nightstand.
Indulge in a reviving bath
Cooler temperatures can often lead to your muscles feeling a little locked up and tense. To counteract this, relaxing in a hot bath is the perfect antidote. Adding a tablespoon of body oil to the water can up the hydration factor and the hot water will help your skin to absorb it even more quickly. Or, if you get achy muscles, something like a salt bath soak can be another delightful addition to your evening routine. The Epsom Salt CBD bath soak from Fresh Bombs is packed with peppermint and wintergreen essential oils, the perfect pairing for stuffy noses when those seasonal colds hit as well as helping tired muscles relax. Aside from all of that, it’s a perfect way to unwind at the end of a long week when you want an hour (or two) alone.
Don’t forget your CBD drops
Supporting both your mood and immune system is important in autumn. With less sunlight, you can start to feel more lethargic, stressed and more prone to getting sick with the cooler weather and close proximity to other people. CBD drops attach to your cannabinoid receptors that are spread throughout your brain and immune system⁽¹⁾. Supporting the systems that help regulate your mood and immunity are an easy way to make the transition from summer to autumn smoother sailing.
If drops aren’t your go-to, you might also enjoy the ease of a CBD infused multi-vitamin gummy instead. Getting your B vitamins as well as vitamins A, C, D, E with a 10mg dose of CBD at the same time is a simple and easy to support your body and immune system in the cooler months.
- An introduction to the endogenous cannabinoid system - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
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