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01 Aug 2017

Autumn is here, which means it’s time to change up your health and wellness routine. From supplements to finding time for yourself, we’ve got the scoop on how to transition through the seasons with ease.

Golden leaves and moody weather. There’s just something enchanting about autumn. Of course, saying goodbye to summer can be hard on your body, and your spirit. That’s why we’ve put together some tips to help you transition into autumn without losing your summer glow.

Load up on Vitamin D

Thanks to day after day of sunshine, there’s no shortage of Vitamin D in summer. But when the seasons turn and the days get shorter, it can be difficult to soak up all the Vitamin D you need. During autumn, consider taking a Vitamin D supplement to lift your mood, and boost your immune system.

Live and laugh

Autumn can trigger early cases of the winter blues, which means it’s important to let yourself laugh. Science proves that laughing stimulates the activity of natural white blood cells, which actively support the immune system and kill off nasty winter bugs. If you find it difficult to crack a smile, why not try a laughter yoga class? Giggles are guaranteed.

Get your vaccinations up to date

No matter what the season, no one likes coughs, sniffles and sneezes. Before the winter chill sets in, make sure you and your family are up to date with all your vaccinations, including flu shots.

Dress for the weather

Autumn is a fantastic excuse to revamp your wardrobe, and embrace everything from colourful scarfs and chunky knits to merino cardigans and fluffy socks. The weather can be changeable so layering up is always a good plan.

Load up on greens

You might need to say goodbye to peaches and plums, but winter is a fantastic time to load up on green goodness. Beans, brussel sprouts and courgettes are packed full of minerals like calcium, silicon, iron, manganese, potassium, and copper. Throw wafer thin slices of fennel into a salad for a healthy heart, or whip up a batch of creamy potato and leek soup for an antioxidant hit.

Be kind to yourself

Beyond your body, transitioning into autumn can be tough on the soul. Rather than pine for summer, give yourself permission to embrace everything that’s good about autumn. Want to spend a few moments kicking up golden leaves on your way to work? Why not? A home cooked chicken pie for dinner? Treat yourself! If you feel like snuggling up in bed at 8pm with a good book, go for it.

Nourish your skin

Colder weather can leave your skin feeling dry and lacklustre. That’s why when autumn sets in it’s important to nourish your complexion. Right now, rosehip oil is making waves as a non-greasy facial moisturiser. Not only does it brighten, hydrate and fight the signs of ageing, but it also protects your skin in colder conditions.

Anxious about autumn? Don’t be. With these tips, you can transition into autumn with ease.

The health and wellness information provided by Cigna is solely for informational purposes. Please see your medical professional for advice.