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As the weather starts to cool, and the leaves start to fall, you may be tempted to regret the last days of summer. You should, however, consider the advantages that the Fall Season brings to you.

• The season can cause you to relax and seek the comforts of home, warmth, and family connections. Fall is packed with major family holidays and opportunities to spend time with friends and family! Be active during your gatherings and plan to prepare healthy meals for the times when you eat as a group.

• For those who have children attending school, or are attending school themselves, a change to a more routine schedule can be helpful to keep you and your family on track with healthier habits.

• Creative endeavors that lead to Fall and Winter decorations, Halloween costumes, gift-giving, and seasonal recipes can alleviate stress and provide an outlet for frustrated talents.

• The scents of the season: vanilla, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice create a sense of comfort.
– Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory.
– Vanilla can be used in recipes to help reduce sugar intake and has an anti-anxiety effect.
– Pumpkin spice often includes cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Ginger can help relieve digestive problems and contains iron and potassium. Nutmeg contains B vitamins, and pumpkins are a rich source of potassium, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.

• Cooler nighttime temperatures create a better sleeping environment.

• Pumpkins, apples, pears, squash, sweet potatoes, kale. In great supply during the fall season, all of these healthy vegetables and fruits should be plentiful at your local farmer’s market.

• Thanksgiving-challenge yourself to practice gratitude every day in November so that you are prepared for Thanksgiving! Additionally!

• No more mosquitoes and ticks. The dropping temperatures quickly rid your yard of these annoying pests so it’s more pleasant to spend time outdoors.

• No more mowing!

• Lower utility bills during this in-between season.

• Time to do a fall fun run or a Turkey Trot.

• Take a walk outside on your work break without sweating buckets.

Perhaps, best of all you get an extra hour of rest on the first morning of daylight savings!