By: Veronica Maniak

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Autumn is just around the corner, and while many are excited to jump in leaf piles and go pumpkin picking, not all are eagerly awaiting the shorter & colder days that accompany the season. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the upcoming spooky season!

Boost your Immune System

The dreaded cold & flu season is creeping up on us, so it is important to arm your immune system and help protect your body against sniffles & aching. Consider getting a flu shot and seeing your doctor. It’s also important to stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep, and wash your hands frequently in order to set your immune system up for success!

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Desire Vitamin D

Oftentimes the cold dreary months are accompanied by bouts of Vitamin D deficiency, so make sure you are still getting lots of time under the sun and in the great outdoors! Go for a nature walk, visit a pumpkin patch or apple orchard, or drag your friends to a fall festival. If you find that you’re not getting outdoors as much as you’d like, a Vitamin D supplement is a great way to boost your energy and mood!

Start Moisturizing Now

Harsh temperatures & dry air tend to suck the moisture out of your skin, so make sure you are keeping your skin moisturized with lotion & lip balm. Of course, it is also important to combat dehydration from the inside out, so stay hydrated and drink lots of water over the coming months.

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

With the arrival of Autumn also comes lots of seasonal foods & holiday spirit. Embrace all the flavors of fall! Seasonal foods like pumpkin or squash are considered by some to be very grounding, and yummy soups & broths warm our bodies in the cold months. Indulge in the comfort foods that accompany the season and treat yourself without binging at all the upcoming holiday parties.

Stay Active

It’s easy to spend the colder months sitting around, watching holiday movies, or enjoying time with family, but it is also important to stay active during this time! Rake some leaves, or shovel snow, and keep up with a regular workout routine. These habits will help you feel better overall and treat your body right.


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