“Carve Out the Good Times” While Falling into Wellness
As the days grow shorter and the evenings cooler, we find ourselves at that bittersweet point in the year when we must bid farewell to the warmth and leisure of summer. As the leaves change and fall, it’s time to shift our focus towards embracing a season of self-care, ensuring we enter the winter months in the best health possible. Here are some insights on how to “carve out the good times” all while promoting your wellness this fall season.
Harvest Season Nutrition
Autumn introduces an array of nutrient-rich foods that are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that fortify our immune systems and protect against seasonal illnesses. In-season fruits and vegetables include pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, apples, and leafy greens. Additionally, indulging in warm fall foods like soups and stews that are often rich in seasonal vegetables and spices not only can help regulate appetite but can also provide a sense of warmth and comfort on chilly days, which can have a positive impact on your mental well-being.
As the weather cools off, it can be easy to hibernate if we don’t have things to keep us busy. Whether it’s raking leaves in the yard, apple picking at an orchard, enjoying a pumpkin patch, hiking through trails, or simply strolling through the park to enjoy the fall foliage, engaging in outdoor activities during the fall season is a great way to keep active and connect with nature.
Embracing the fall season means not only enjoying bonfires and pumpkin spice lattes, but also fortifying your immune system against seasonal illnesses. Here are some other ways to proactively support your immune system this fall season:
- Wash your hands often: To avoid colds and flu, the most effective prevention method is frequent, thorough hand washing.
- Get plenty of sleep: With clocks moving back an hour and decreased daylight, it’s common to find it difficult to wake up in the dark, leaving you feeling groggy throughout the day. It’s crucial that you get plenty of sleep this fall as it plays a huge factor in your health.
- Vitamins: Consider taking vitamin supplements like vitamin C and D to fill any nutritional gaps and enhance immune function to keep you healthy and energized throughout fall and into winter.
Preparing for Winter Wellness
Fall is the perfect time to prepare your body for the winter ahead to combat seasonal challenges like colds or influenza. According to the CDC, anyone 6 months or older should consider getting a flu shot each fall by October. This proactive approach to winter wellness not only safeguards your own health but also contributes to community immunity to promote a healthier and more resilient population during the winter months. Remember, fall is a season of change and preparation. Make the most of it while nurturing your health and well-being.
Achieve Fall Wellness with Exemplar Care
Our team of healthcare professionals is here to partner with you to achieve optimal health throughout the year, including fall.
Exemplar Care emphasizes a personalized, patient-centered approach, allowing individuals comprehensive wellness check-ups tailored to your seasonal health considerations, including flu vaccinations. Additionally, we understand that leaving the cozy atmosphere of your home coupled with the desire to avoid potential exposure to seasonal illnesses can be difficult. Luckily, we offer in-person, or virtual visits to provide you with a seamless way to integrate healthcare into your day. This proactive engagement is what sets Exemplar Care apart from other primary care providers and supports individuals in managing their wellness, promoting a healthy transition into the autumn months.
Fall into wellness with Exemplar Care by your side!
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