Autumn is an unpredictable time, weather wise. I wore sandals all weekend, and today I'm in wool socks and boots. We can counter the vibe of this season with practices that ground and stabilize us. They needn't be time consuming rituals. In fact, you'll probably stick with a simple routine more easily.
Create a practice that will get you out of bed. When the morning darkness creeps later and later, it feels so good to stay under the covers. Ultimately though, you'll feel better if you get up and move. Try to wake up few minutes earlier than usual so you have space in your morning. Keep a warm layer and slippers nearby.
Morning practice suggestions:
- While waiting for your tea to steep or coffee to brew, drink a glass of room temp water or warm water with lemon
- Sit down, close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths
- Move your joints! Take this one into the shower if you feel short on time. Rotate joints from head to toe: neck, shoulders, wrists, waist, hips, knees, ankles.
Evening practice suggestions:
- Make a cup of tea (there are so many herbal teas, find one that you like!)
- Turn off electronics 30-60 minutes before bed
- Sit down, close your eyes, and take 3 deep breaths
If you struggle to establish your ritual, give yourself a break. It's the nature of autumn to be bounce around (think twirling leaves). Keep at it and pay attention to how your day is affected by whether or not you include your ritual.
Already have a practice? Consider adding a few more minutes of seated stillness to encourage grounding.