Days are shorter, kids are back in school, and days seem busier.  Fall is here.  To help prepare for the shorter and cooler days ahead here are some tips to keep you healthy both physically and mentally.

Vitamin D:

As we lose daylight our exposure to Vitamin D decreases.  Help offset this by taking Vitamin D supplements, which can help boot your mood and immune system.

Slow down and take time for yourself:

Start a journal or read a good book:

The fall is a good time to slow down and spend some “me” time.

Get your flu shot and get a health check up:

Boost your immune system:

Drink plenty of water, wash your hands often and eat lots of fruit and vegetables.

Make Plans for the cold months:

Many people tend to stay indoors during the colder months.  Research now and plan some outings to get you active.

Moisturize your skin:

The cold can be harsh on your skin, start moisturizing before your skin gets too dry.

Enjoy in-season food:

Enjoy fall foods such as beets, cabbage, eggplant, kale, pumpkin, squash, and dark leafy greens.

Wear layers as the temperature drops:

This time of year, the temperatures can fluctuate. Wearing layers gives you the flexibility to adjust as needed.

Do some fall cleaning:

Remove clutter and things you do not need.  Doing a deep clean will provide better air quality when it comes time to close down the windows.

Prepare for the snow:

Now is a good time to make sure you have the shovels needed for snow and batteries in your flashlight in case the power goes out.  Best to get your furnace check over as well.

Get some good books to read and some family games: