The late fall/early winter is called the Vata season. The air is cooler, the wind picks up, and we are more susceptible to colds and flus as our immune system is more challenged at this time of year. There is no season for the flu but at this time of year the immune system is more challenged. We may have difficulty adjusting to the new times of the day, our sleep may be disturbed, and we seem to have a need for a change of food. If we allow ourselves to transition with awareness and allow the changes to happen, the good news is that there are ways to pacify Vata and we will feel much better:
Dress in layers and wear a hat keeping the top of your head warm where heat releases the fastest. Drink warm fluids and eat hearty fall vegetable stews and soups. Start your day with hot cereal like oatmeal, with more fats and creams, and with a touch of sweetener like fresh fruits compote. Add some warm spices to your food like nutmeg, cardamom, and cinnamon.
DEAL WITH DRYNESS
Drink more warm water to keep the body well hydrated. Working from inside out, use fish oil, more oils and healthy fats in your diet like avocado and flax seed that is a good source of Omega 3. Those may pacify Vata anxiety and nervousness. Self-massage with organic massage-grade sesame oil or Vata specific oil. A gentle routine before bed will induce quality sleep.
Vata elements like air and space may make us feel overly rushed and less grounded. Take more frequent breaks and rest. Here are a few more tips to calm Vata:
· Short nap or meditation mid-day or just after work will re-energize you for the last part of the day.
· Be more stringent in your routine with meals, sleep, and activities. Vata likes structure and stability.