THE ENERGY OF AUTUMN: GOING INWARD, CLEANING OUT, LETTING GO
Each season has its own inherent quality and energy, which exist both in the outer environment as well as the inner ecosystem of the body and mind. When we embrace these seasonal qualities, we encourage easier flow and greater productivity .While the warmer, sunnier months are all about energy bursting forth, the fall directs us inward to reflect upon the deeper aspects of our existence and to let go of that which we no longer need. The links below provide information about the energy of autumn, as well as practical suggestions for encouraging these qualities in various aspects of our lives.
HEALTHY AND SEASONAL FALL NUTRITION
With the summer harvest coming to a close, the cooler days of autumn give us access to a wide variety of healthy and delicious seasonal produce. Eating seasonally allows us to fully embrace the natural changes in the environment and in our bodies. In the fall, we require and are naturally drawn to foods that are warming and consolidating, providing for us the nutritional support to get through the coldest and darkest time of the year. See the links below for nutritional information and recipe ideas:
TREATING FALL ALLERGIES NATURALLY
The clean, crisp air of autumn provides inspiration and lightness after the heavy dampness of late summer. But fall air is also host to a number of allergens, such as ragweed pollen and mold. Symptoms such as sinus congestion and headaches or a sore, swollen throat make it difficult to fully embrace the season. Additionally, conventional treatments for allergy symptoms often cause side effects such as drowsiness or jitteriness. If you suffer from fall allergies, click on the links below for information on prevention and suggestions for natural remedies.
ASSESSING VALUE: FALL FINANCE
With its seasonal quality of self-reflection and the colder weather drawing us indoors, the fall is a perfect time to focus on finances – to assess or re-assess what is truly of value and that which no longer serves. The following articles provide practical suggestions for budgeting, organizing, and getting your finances back on track.
Autumn provides the opportunity to focus our attention on various health-related issues, and the government has designated each month of the season to a particular health concern; September is National Cholesterol Education Month, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and November is American Diabetes Month. The following websites provide information, community resources, and support networks and outreach.
GET 'IN THE KNOW' ABOUT DIABETES
Did you know that Diabetes kills more people each year than Breast Cancer and AIDS combined? Even if you are not overweight or have a family history of Diabetes, you can still be at risk. Stress, poor eating, and a lack of physical activity are all factors that lead to the development of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Stop Diabetes in its tracks! See below for on-campus and off-campuses resources to increase a healthy lifestyle.
myUMBC Fitness and Wellness Group - join this group for the latest group fitness schedule, UMBC walking, jogging, and CERA trail maps, as well as information on personal training sessions at the RAC.
myUMBC Recreation at the RAC - join this group to obtain a swim calendar and find out more about intramurals and sports clubs.
University Health Services - UHS is staffed with Board Certified Physicians and Nurse Practitioners who are available to meet with you to monitor your health and/or discuss your health concerns. To make an appointment at UHS, call 410-455-2542.
American Diabetes Association has a wealth of information about the disease, including basic information about the disease and how to avoid it, tips for the newly diagnosed and different populations (women, men, children & parents, seniors), as well as recipes and exercise information to help you start exercising safely and how to stay fit.
Did you know that smoking as few as 1 cigarette per day increases the risk of heart disease? Cessation of cigarette smoking constitutes the single most important intervention in preventative cardiology. Even if you’ve smoked for a very long time, you will still gain the health benefits of quitting. Don’t wait any longer! For assistance with quitting, click on the links below.
Smoke-Free UMBC - Information on the new smoking policy as well as resources on managing tobacco use.
TIPS ON STARTING A DEPARTMENT WELLNESS ACTIVITY
Oftentimes a great way to combat individual stress is to initiate a new wellness regimen. The same holds true for departmental stress. Working together as a team to meet a shared wellness goal has many benefits that include increasing well-being and collaboration, and fostering a sense of individual and collective accomplishment. We’ve included several tip sheets and templates below that departments can use to implement a wellness activity and will add new content to this section on an ongoing basis. Please use these documents to your advantage and consider submitting a departmental ‘Success Story’ (under ‘About UMBC-WIn’ tab) at the end of a group session to share your success and inspire others on campus.
Tips on Walking for Fitness at UMBC tips on creating a departmental walking group
Biggest Loser Program Tips and Reproducible Templates
Hard- Shelled Squashes (Acorn Squash, Butternut, Pumpkins)
Turnips and other root vegetables