10 Seasonal Living Tips




LATE SUMMER - Sept/Oct

1) The season of Late Summer gives us a sense of peacefully slowing down. Our landscapes are full of yellow, orange, gold and brown. Make time to be outside daily, soak in the colours and be close to the earth. Take life at a slower pace.  

2) Late Summer is about nourishment, support and transitions. Take time to create comfort, stability and balance in your life, in preparation for Autumn and Winter. Notice how you feel, eat, treat yourself, what you think about and how you spend your time.
 

3) Choose your food, thoughts and relationships wisely. Notice if they are giving you good energy or draining you. Be good to yourself on every level, strengthen yourself from the inside out. Gather your power and stability, to give you a strong sense of centre in your life.


4) Chew well, your stomach has no teeth! Try eating slowly with an open & relaxed posture. The way you eat is an expression of who you are. Eating foods that are similar to all the Late Summer colours, helps to harmonize your system. 
Ideal way of cooking at this time of year is to sauté foods, it gives food a natural sweetness which stimulates circulation and makes us feel nourished.

 

5) Late Summer is associated with the Earth Element. Be out in nature as much as possible, go to a park, finish up your gardening, take regular brisk walks in the fresh air. Choose things that give you the inner glow of a happy, healthy person.

6) The energy of Late Summer is to slow down, to be more focused and centred on whatever it is you are doing. Get stronger! Leg strength is important this time of year as it helps to support you and forms your connection to the earth. Core stability, balance and movements that develop your centre like Pilates, Yoga and QiGong strengthen you from the inside out, to help boost your immune system.

 
7) Do you have a healthy balance in your energy bank account? Important time of year to upgrade your immune system with better nutrition and quality sleep but also do things you find satisfying, that make you feel good about yourself. This supports your immune system which then knows you are worth defending.

 

8) Start and end your day with a soothing Ginger, Lemon & Garlic tea with honey to aid your digestion and harmonize your system.  1 Tbsp ginger, 1 lemon squeezed, 1 garlic clove crushed, large mug, hot water and honey to taste. The immune system needs to be at its optimum so it can conserve its energy to help us be strong for the winter ahead.

 

9) Exfoliate with a dry brush often before you shower. After, massage almond oil or a chemical free lotion with Japanese mint oil or rosemary oil in circular ways towards the heart to improve circulation and give your skin a healthy glow.

10) Sit and read, put your feet up and rest your eyes and your body 10 minutes a day. Take a nap. Let the earth support you, try laying on your front with your head on your arms. Feel at home in yourself. 

For more Late Summer tips, sign up for Gwen's Late Summer Rejuvenation Workshop!



10 Late Summer Tips

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1) Summer asks us to live life to the fullest! Nature's energy is at its peak and so try to match it. Be as active, passionate and creative as possible.

 

2) Balance the intensity of the summer with learning to say "NO". Re - establish some order, re- think your priorities and create more calm and rhythm in your daily life. A healthy fire has high flames and burning embers. Mediate 10 min a day, breath your vitality so you can conserve it, to avoid burnout.

 

3) Eat light, clean and colourful.  Food colours reflect the colour and energy of the season, so eat lots of red, purple and brightly coloured foods.Great time of year to try juicing. Use more veggies than fruits!

 

4) Summer is associated with the Fire Element, so soak up the sun, be outdoors & absorb the healthy oxygen. Enjoy everything in full bloom. Move more, get your heart pumping everyday, especially in the morning & evening!

 

5) Make time to dance, sing, have fun, love, laugh more, enjoy the company of others - the food of the soul. Summer is associated with the heart meridian. So give from your heart, communicate differently by acting and speaking from the heart. Learn to let go, forgive and move on!

 

6) For healthier skin and circulation, exfoliate with a dry brush often before you shower. After showering, use almond oil with rosemary or mint aromatherapy oil to rub vigorously all over the body. Move in circular ways always toward the heart.

 

7) Avoid chemical based products on your body or in your house. Buy a spider plant to help filter out air pollutants.

 

8) Try something New like Flow Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates Circuit class, tennis or take a dance class.

 

9) Think Green, more of it in your food, have it in your environment to freshen things up and be kind to the planet. Grow something!

 

10) Put your feet up and rest your eyes and your body 10 minutes a day.

 

For more Summer tips, sign up for Gwen's Summer Rejuvenation workshop!

 


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