As the weather begins to get colder, and the days begin to get shorter, you may be more inclined to want to stay at home as autumn continues to set in. It may be safe to say that there is no better feeling than cozying up at the comfort of your own space.
The past year and a half saw many people transition out of their normal workspace into their own homes. As working from home continues to become the norm for many companies, it is important to bask in that feeling of comfort in your own home, as this is now both your office and your living space.
Although many have already experienced a full year-round experience of working from home, we are now approaching the second-year mark of remote working. During this time period, the seasons have fully-changed from spring to winter. While some may have already adjusted to this new norm, others are still continuing to adjust.
One technique that others have started to get adjusted is through routines. In one of our previous blogs, we discussed how creating new routines that work well with your lifestyle can have plenty of benefits. While a routine is important, it requires motivation and commitment. But arguably, another facet that is important to a routine is by feeling comfortable in your own space.
Why is comfort important? While others may get a rush of adrenaline by being pushed out of their comfort zone, others may feel more motivated if they feel comfortable before pursuing something. Although this varies for everyone, you may have that feeling where you are more inclined to want to follow through with a plan if everything falls in-line accordingly.
Is it rooted in being a completionist? Or being disciplined? It could be one or the other, or both. But the emphasis here is that comfort can play a big role in helping others adjust to changes. With the 2021 year slowly fleeting to an end, you may want to take a step back and be reminded of why it is important to find comfort in your own space.
This blog will explore some key ways you can use to adjust to the new season by remembering key points and practicing exercises that will help you feel more comfortable in your own home.
Adjusting Mentally and Physically For The New Season
It’s the middle of autumn and just like with every other season, you may need to take some time to get adjusted to it. Mentally and physically, it can be a challenge to get used to a new season, but it does not need to be overly complicated.
Consider some of the four points below which go over some ways that can make it easier to adjust to this new season.
Getting Better Sleep
During each season, your sleep habits may fluctuate as a result of the duration of the day, as well as the temperature which may both impact how you sleep at night. But beyond this, there are several other factors such as your diet and lifestyle which impacts the amount of sleep you get.
Receiving more sleep is important to feel more comfortable in your own space. Sleep is a necessary activity that is required to maintain healthy bodily functions, as explored in our “Sleep Tight: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep, Naturally” seminar. Lack of sleep can result in tiredness, and sleep debt which could result in disrupting your routine if you have to take hours away from certain days to catch up on your desired activities.
Maintaining a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet goes beyond just taking care of your body, as it can also play a role in affecting your mood. For example, having probiotic supplementation can help with your brain changes which consequently results in decreasing your feeling of being worried, as well as reducing stress and anxiety, which is covered in our “Brain Food: Eating for Energy and Focus” seminar.
Having a healthy diet can help you find that feeling of comfort, as eating the rights foods which contain fibre and omega-3 can give you a better feeling of satisfaction compared to other bad foods, such as foods that are in high in sugar which are linked to fluctuating your energy levels due to a jolt of energy that sugar gives, which also crashes just as fast.
Fostering Mental Health
Shorter days mean that there is not as much sunlight that is available, and this has been linked to seasonal affective disorder, which is a disorder that affects overall mood and feeling of certain individuals as a result of the season. However, there are some things that you can practice to combat this if you do experience this.
One activity to consider would be light therapy, which is discussed in our “Mental Health: Cultivating a State of Mental Wellness” seminar. It is recommended to get 15-20 minutes of full-spectrum light during autumn, and 30-60 minutes during winter. Full-spectrum light is similar to morning sunlight, so consider walking in the mornings to bask in this light that can be beneficial for your mood.
Our minds and bodies are connected, and physically taking care of yourself through activities and exercises can also play a role in improving your mental health. Yoga is a great activity as it is not too physically taxing, but it can help you find that feeling of comfort, while also getting some necessary exercise to move your body.
Flexibility and mobility should be the focus, and our “Yin Yoga with Sara” class helps individuals move mindfully through various poses. Doing this not only helps you recognize how your body works, but also how you feel inside which can help you find that feeling of comfort if you have been looking for it.
About Well Street
At Well Street, we are founded on the principles of introducing healthy practices to the workplace, which encompasses both mental and physical health. Comprised of medical professionals who have a background in naturopathy, we aim to help organizations foster a healthy corporate environment in order to boost productivity and morale.
If you would like to learn more about how our team can help you or your company, consider contacting us to find out more. We are happy to provide you with guidelines and approaches to support the wellbeing of your team members through virtual seminars and programs.