It’s the season for shorter days, cooler nights, pumpkins, cider, falling leaves, hayrides and apple-picking. Autumn is here in many parts of the U.S. and other countries, and with it comes the usual fall activities, but have you considered these as well?
1. Bolster Your Body – ‘Tis the season for sickness. The changing temperatures and the start of the cold/flu season also mean that your bodies will be under a lot of attacks. Are you preparing your bodies to fight these unwanted guests? Be diligent about drinking more water, getting enough sleep and eating a variety of fruits and vegetables (while cutting down drastically on salty and sugary processed meals). You may even look into taking vitamin supplements to help, but please check with your health care physician before starting any supplement.
2. Cover Up – It may not be cold enough for a coat as yet, but gone are the days of shorts and spaghetti straps. Wear layers when you go out (especially in the mornings and evenings when it is cooler), and keep a sweater or light jacket in your vehicle at all times. You may also want to have a beanie hat that covers the ears, and scarves and gloves too. If you live in areas where deer ticks and mosquitoes are abundant, you will want to cover exposed body parts when going out and use insect repellents often.
3. Get Out/Work Out – I know for our family, we may be tempted to stay in more in the fall and winter months, but resist this temptation: we all still need fresh air and sunlight during these seasons. Schedule alone time and outings with others during these months. The fauna is especially beautiful during this time of year, so go hiking and enjoy the natural beauty all around. The gym has its perks, but there is nothing like exercising in the great outdoors. Try it. You may not be motivated at first, but find activities that force you out of the home.
4. Research and Remember Your Roots (Protestantism) – For Protestant Christians, October is a very special month. Because the Protestant Reformation got its start in October, many observe this month as Reformation month. Learn about your faith’s heritage all this month and share it with others. Do you know, besides Halloween, October 31st is also observed as Reformation Day? We will be following up with a special presentation on Reformation History and how to commemorate our rich history. Click here for more.
Have a happy autumn and a happy reformation month!!