5 Tools for prioritizing with self-care through all seasons

 With Fall upon us and the weather changing, it's important to understand our needs and desires also begin to change just like the colors of the leaves. Fall yearns for a more grounded diet, balanced mind and trusting spirit. Below are 5 simple guidelines on how to focus and prioritize on self-care this season.

1. MEDITATION. Take a look at how you start your day. Is there a routine you use to begin each day? Is there a specific mantra you repeat to yourself? Is there an uplifting book you read a few pages of? Do you take 10 minutes to meditate? Click below on the link for Mind Body Green's "Everything you need to know about meditation" :

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14342/everything-you-need-to-know-about-meditation.html

2. GRATITUDE. Take a few minutes to think about what you are grateful for in your life. It is said that there are two states one can be in: a state of a desire or a state of gratitude. Which state do you spend most of your day in? Try spending a week writing down or vocalizing three things you are grateful for each day and assess how this affects your state of being.

"Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. JOURNALING. When was the last time you took a few minutes to write about your day? What worked? What didn't work? Spend a week daily journaling.  It can be about nearly anything - an emotion you felt, a smile you shared, inspiration you feel or an experience you recently had. 

4. BATHS. Believe it or not, taking the time and feeling the serenity of a bath relieves loads of stress and is a major player in detoxifying the mind and body. Mark Hyman, author of the 10-Day Detox Diet, writes about a Detox Bath being an integral part of his program. Try using 1 cup of Epsom salt (which can be found at your local drug or natural food store) and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Try lighting some candles and enjoying the warm sensation for at least 20 minutes.

5. WARM MEALS COOKED BY A FAMOUS CHEF - YOU! As the weather begins to get colder, our bodies desire warm, nourishing meals. Try shopping at your local farmers markets for seasonal root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips and rutabaga and slow cooking them in a crock pot. Here is Forks Over Knives' hearty vegetable stew recipe:

 http://www.forksoverknives.com/hearty-vegetable-stew/