Fab Four Friday: October
Keep a bit of Spring in your step
There is no doubt, Autumn is as beautiful as any of the other seasons and it’s arguably the most dramatic, with rapid changes in the colours of leaves, and the first touches of chilly mornings.
Of course, with that change comes the fading bloom of summer, and if you’re anything like me, you might not be quite ready for those shorter days and longer nights that are already beginning to darken the door.
To stave off that feeling for a little while longer, last weekend I planted some tulip and daffodil bulbs. When next Spring arrives, I will love watching my garden burst into new life, but perhaps more significantly right now, it is the prospect and not the existence of that new life that is rewarding in itself. Each time I look out of the window at my little dormant plant bed I can visualise the array of colourful flowers waiting to spring forth and put on a show in the new year. Just like the old adage says – good things come to those who wait.
It’s all in the Mind
Do you sometimes find it hard to switch off after a busy day? Modern life with it’s multiple demands on our time and energy can often leave us with a chattering mind. Rather than vegging on the couch with the tele at the end of the day (guilty!), why not have a go at doing a puzzle? Simple problem solving can help gently focus the mind on just one point of reference, helping to calm a frazzled head. An added bonus of buying a mindfulness puzzle book is the uplifting and inspiring quotes that can be found on each page. It certainly brings a smile to my face!
It can be very easy to miss symptoms of low vitamin D. At the start of this year, I did just that. I thought my tiredness and brain fog were down to early starts and busy days, I’d presumed each time I woke up with pins and needles it was because I had been sleeping on my arm again, and I attributed an achy wrist joint to some over zealous practising of my downward dog! However, soon after getting these signs, I experienced unusual changes in my hair and it was then I took myself off to the doc. Following some blood tests - low and behold, I was told I had a borderline Vitamin D deficiency.
Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is essential for keeping bones, teeth and muscles (amongst other things) healthy. Although some foods do contain vitamin D, our best source for creating it is from the sun. Of course, at this time of year that becomes harder, so as Nutrition Editor Eve Kalinik says in October’s Psychologies magazine ‘As we move into the autumn and darker days, it is important to supplement’. I’ve certainly learnt my lesson and now keep my levels topped up on a daily basis.
Get your Hygge on!
There is so much to look forward to over this coming season and for me, a big part of that is because I can start to ramp up the ‘cosy’ in my life round about now. As many of us are well aware, the Danes lead the way in this particular avenue of living well, through their practice of ‘Hygge.’
According to Meik Weiking (author of The Little Book of Hygge) ‘Denmark consistently ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world’ and with Hygge as a linchpin of their way of life, it’s not hard to see why.
Originating from a Norwegian word meaning ‘well being’, Hygge focuses on contentment derived from people, place and experience. So, as the nights start to draw in, now’s the perfect time to start enjoying the simpler things in life. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
- Open fires
- Home cooking
- Hot chocolate
- Spending quality time with loved ones
Enjoy and happy weekending!