Fall is in full swing, and in many places that means cooler weather, changing leaves, and the winding down of another year. This change of season can be a great time to implement some healthy lifestyle changes for the coming colder months. Looking for some healthy eating tips? Want the best lifestyle changes to kick-start your week? Consider implementing some of these easy life tweaks into your lifestyle this fall.

Clear Out Clutter From Summer

If summer is your favorite season, you probably have a few summer accessories still lying around the house: camping gear filling up your entryway, beach toys in your yard, or any other items lying around that will not get much use until next year rolls around. Make time to put away those items and clear some space in your home. Clearing up your space not only reduces clutter and improves spatial flow in your home, but also has a number of mental health benefits.

Incorporate Seasonal Foods Into Your Cooking

Shaping your shopping and meal plans around the the time of the year is an easy healthy lifestyle change to make. Not only are fresh, in-season vegetables often more tasty than those that have been shipped from far away, but they are often cheaper and more sustainable because they are grown locally. Buying fruits and vegetables are seasonal in your area is a simple lifestyle change that will benefit local farmers, reduce cost and impact of shipping, and taste great (and yes, this does give you reason to buy all things Pumpkin Spice!)

Take Some Time For Your Mental Health

Fall means shorter days and less light in many parts of the world. Taking some time to pay attention to your mental health at this time of the year is one of the best lifestyle changes you can make. Consider:

  • Making more time for meditation
  • Implementing breathing techniques to reduce stress
  • Finding ways to practice yamas and other yoga values in your everyday life
  • Creating more time for mental health breaks in your day. This may mean practicing yoga on your lunch breaks, making time for short walks during the day, or any other activity you find helps give your mind a boost!

Find Easy Ways to Make the Most of the Season

When the weather is cool and the days are short, it can be easy to hide inside and camp out on your couch all day. While getting some quality rest is always important, finding productive ways to spend your down time during the fall is a great lifestyle change to make. Are there fun seasonal activities you can try such as apple picking or going to a pumpkin patch? Are there indoor activities you can take on such as a yoga session or reading that book you’ve always wanted to dive into? Finding simple indoor or short-day activities to brighten up your fall are some of the best lifestyle changes you can make.

Megan Herndon

Megan is a Seattle-based writer who covers health and wellness. She has worked in content marketing and journalism for a number of organizations including The Seattle Globalist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and The Jakarta Globe. She has a BA in journalism from the University of Washington and is currently working on her second UW degree, a Master of Communication and Digital Media. Born and raised in Hawaii and currently embracing the Pacific Northwest lifestyle, Megan loves all things active and outdoors including hiking, camping, outrigger canoe paddling, and yoga.

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