Fall in love with the new season: six tips for feeling better.
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
Every new season can be an opportunity for a new beginning, and to make the right choices in our everyday lives in order to feel better and full of energy.
Going to the gym every day, losing 10 kg in a month, cut out sweets entirely… NO, NO, NO. Enough with setting unreachable and perhaps even unhealthy goals, which will only demotivate and frustrate us over time. So what can we do, realistically? Here are some easy tips that easy to follow and that have a high impact on our wellness:
- Stay hydrated – it is essential to always be hydrated. To sleep better, for example, a cup of herbal tea has the dual effect of relaxing and hydrating your body. Start the morning with a simple glass of still water at room temperature or slightly warm with a few drops of lemon juice, or cup of tea or herbal tea if you prefer. Throughout the day, it’s essential to hydrate, and not just when you eat. It’s a good idea to always have a water bottle with you to ensure you drink at least a liter and a half of water a day in addition to tea, herbal tea, fruit, vegetables, centrifuges, smoothies and purees that are naturally rich in water. Many people, especially as they age, lose the stimulus of thirst.
- Wake up early – design a morning ritual around the things you like and motivate you to get out of bed, but also things you won’t have a chance to do during the day, like a good breakfast (perhaps with Ambrosiae Übergranola), fresh seasonal fruit and good coffee. If possible, you could do 10-15 minutes, or better 20-25 minutes of physical activity beforehand, alternating the parts of the body to be exercised, for example abs and arms on Mondays and Thursdays, buttocks and legs on Tuesdays and Fridays. And if you’re too pressed for time, remember that five minutes of exercise is 1,000 times better than nothing! Practical advice (especially for those like me who are constitutionally not morning people): definitely choose a good song rather than annoying beep as your alarm signal, and avoid using the snooze button repeatedly – it’s better to get a good uninterrupted sleep and get up at the scheduled time, rather than snoozing intermittently between that first alarm and whenever you finally get up. I can’t renounce the snooze function entirely, but I keep it down to just one snooze, although in truth, this past year I’ve had a new alarm that does not include a snooze button, my son Leonidas.
- Sleep well – the proper number of hours (each person knows how many hours they need to feel good in the morning), relax, avoid TV or smartphones before going to sleep, maybe read a good book with a cup of herbal tea instead, lowering the lights at least an hour before turning in, light some candles, listen to music. Don’t eat immediately before bed, and above all eat light, avoiding salt in favor of nutrient-rich foods that are easy to digest.
- Keep moving – set aside time at least twice a week for physical activity, whenever possible aerobic, outdoors and for at least an hour. You could go running on Saturday or Sunday, or alternate running and walking if you’re not in ideal shape; you could take a long bike ride on another day, or simply go for a fast walk. Two hours out of the 168 hours in a week isn’t a lot to ask. Those with children and no one to help with babysitting can involve the kids, so that’s not an excuse 😉 – if they’re small, take them with you in a stroller or carrier pack. I guarantee you that you can run with a normal stroller and don’t need an expensive racing model – plus kids love going fast! For the more cautious, speed walking is a fine alternative.
- Eat healthy – avoid foods that are too elaborate and refined, make your diet predominantly plant-based, always including fresh fruit and vegetables and reducing animal proteins. Above all, don’t eat too much, learn to get up from the table before feeling ‘stuffed’, eat 3 meals and 2 snacks per day.
- Be happy – it sounds frivolous, but it’s essential, there’s no need to pursue the impossible notion of absolute happiness, but we must try to be happy with our everyday lives, engage in everything and be satisfied with ourselves and the goals we achieve. Try to find ways to experience qualitative moments every day. If we can’t find time to do all the things we like and to be with the people who are important to us, to do sports, to be with friends, we have to organize ourselves so that we still manage to spend time every day, even for just a few minutes, but completely dedicated to these activities. It makes no sense to eat in front of the TV, to feed your own child while talking on the phone, to go running while thinking about work. Try to dedicate yourself fully to what you’re doing, and you’ll see that it helps you to be happy.