When the temperature, humidity and length of days start changing as a new season begins, we respond to these changes in nature by desiring different foods and daily routine. Changing weather can lead one to feeling a little lethargic, disoriented and low on energy. It can also lead to having changes in appetite and even changes in the kind of food we would crave or wish to consume. A lot of the body's energy goes into trying to adjust to these changes and our body ends up being excessively vulnerable to diseases during transitional periods of seasons.
In Ayurveda, the transitional period between seasons is known as Ritu-Sandhi. An ideal way to deal with transitioning weather is to maintain immunity, keeping lethargy at bay and consciously work towards building overall health.
- Practice Abhyanga Massage: Abhyanga massage can help in cooling down the body and also nourishing the body from inside and out. Other than that, it also helps in stimulating blood circulation and making the body more active. Bathing with water exposed to the moon is also beneficial, as the water soaks its rays and eventually, lends its boons to the skin.
- Stay Away from Cold or Raw Food Items: Cold and raw foods can affect your digestive fire (agni) and slow down the digestion process. Instead, choose moist, nourishing, warm foods such as soups, stews, teas, etc.
- Opt for Immunity Boosting Spices: Incorporate immune-supporting spices such as black pepper, turmeric, ginger, fennel, etc. while cooking food or add these spices in your black tea or green tea.
- Calm Yourself with Essential Oils: Essential oils such as lavender have effective soothing capabilities and will help your soul to mentally adjust to the changing physical environment. Use a diffuser to fumigate your room with the smell of lavender oil or you can even put a few drops of lavender oil on your pillowcase to ensure a peaceful and clear sleep.