The growing Yin of autumn means increasing focus on contraction and storage in the natural world. Harmonize your daily life with the growing Yin of autumn by becoming less active and going to bed earlier. It is a good time to examine what’s going on in your life to sort out what is important and what is dispensable.
Another way to help your body adjust to autumnal changes is by adjusting your diet. Drink more water to counter dryness in the lungs. Eat fewer spicy foods because spicy foods have a drying and sweat producing quality. Sour foods are gently moistening and hold in sweat and other fluids. Increase your intake of vinegar, pickled vegetables, and plums. Other foods such as soy milk, and fruit juices (particularly apple and pear) also help to prevent excessive dryness. Start to reduce your consumption of cold foods, which burden the spleen and stomach when the weather becomes cooler.
Starting about the second week of September, you will notice that although the afternoons can still be very warm, the temperatures will be noticeably cooler in the mornings and evenings. Take care to dress appropriately for the cooler times of day. It is a good idea to dress in layers that you can put on or take off as appropriate to the temperature.
Wishing you good health throughout the year.