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Fall is in full swing and as many people in my life know, I carry an affection for Fall. From the refreshing and rejuvenating crisp morning air, to the ritual festivities of the season, it has its charm. As the colder temperatures slowly make their way in, we seek ways to warm ourselves on a mind, body, and soul level. With the change of temperature and days getting shorter, many people report an increase in feelings of depression, sadness, and loneliness.

So what are some ways we can stay connected and soul-nourished this Fall/Winter?

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Ground in community– I find being part of a group that meets on a weekly basis for a common purpose is a great way to stay connected and reduce social isolation which can occur as a result of the seasonal change. Local community colleges often offer a wealth of classes in a variety of disciplines. I recently re-connected with a childhood passion of mine, tap dancing, and knowing I will be seeing the same familiar faces gives me incentive to return each week and feel part of a local community.

TLC- Doesn’t this weather make you want a cuddle buddy?! Whether you are single or partnered up, TLC can take many forms. Whether it’s a juicy nourishing hug from a friend, getting a massage, soaking in a hot tub, or cuddling. Loving touch is one way to lift our mood and help us feel connected and cared for.

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Attune to nature- Fall is a great season for hiking, camping, and being in nature in general. There is so much happening by way of transformation which can be observed spending time in nature. It can also be a portal for delving deeper into our own emotions that arise during this time of year and becoming better acquainted with them. I find this time of year to be conducive and deeply supportive of spiritual practice and inquiry.

Warm it up– This season screams of a hot cup of spicy chai (see chai recipe here)! Notice how the needs of your body shifts with the change of season, and try and pay attention to what it’s asking for. I find my body wanting healing warming spices and more grounding foods. Some great Fall healing herbs include cumin, fresh ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary, nutmeg, and saffron. All of which can be incorporated in teas, desserts, soups, curry dishes, veggies, etc..

How are you nourishing yourself this Fall?! We would love to hear!

~SM

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