5 Ways to Feel Good this Autumn
While many of us would prefer year-round sunshine, there's just something special about Autumn. The leaves fall, the evening air gets cold and crisp, and we find ourselves looking out our favourite blankets once again.
Autumn is also a great time to focus on self-care. Give yourself some space, and allow yourself to relax at home, if you feel like you need it. Light some candles, put your feet up and enjoy some cosy nights in.
Here are 5 simple ways to Feel Good this Autumn:
1. Go for a long walk
Just because it's not hot anymore doesn't mean you need to huddle inside all Autumn! A long walk at this time of the year is fantastic. You can wrap up in comfy coats and scarves and stomp through fallen leaves. Why not catch up with a friend or family member you've not seen in a while?
Regular walks are a great way to ensure you're absorbing enough Vitamin D3 from the sun!
2. Try baking
As the days get darker and colder, there's nothing more comforting than freshly baked goods. Not only that but mastering a dish is a worthwhile skill and will enable you to surprise your family and friends with delicious food for years to come. Dropping off something home-baked is a thoughtful way to say that you care!
Whether you're an experienced baker already, or the thought fills you with fear, give it a try this Autumn. A great place to start is mastering the humble Apple Pie!
3. Start reading
Reading is one of the best ways to destress. A 2009 study compared the effects of yoga and reading on students' stress levels. They found that just half an hour of reading had the same physiological effects as yoga. It lowered blood pressure, heart rate, and feelings of mental distress!
That's not to say yoga isn't an excellent way to relax (it is). But reading is a great habit to incorporate into your evening routine. Turning the TV off at night and reading before bed is a great way to wind down for a good night's sleep.
4. Visit a farmer's market
We're often disconnected from our food. A lot of supermarket produce comes wrapped in plastic and is specially selected as they look 'perfect'. One of the best ways to support your community is to head to a farmer's market to buy your produce every so often.
You can often find better quality goods at a better price. If you're in the UK, you'll find that apples, blackberries and butternut squash are in season this time of year.
Giving back to others is a great way to feel good. There are so many people in need across the country who would greatly appreciate your time. Try volunteering at a local food bank or simply spend an hour a week providing company to older people who don't have anyone in their lives.
Whatever you decide to do this Autumn, make sure you take plenty of time for yourself. Schedule in time to switch off from the doom and gloom that too often fills up our newsfeeds. Grab yourself a can of Feel Good, stick on a nostalgic film, and relax.
Rizzolo, Denise & Zipp, Genevieve & Simpkins, Susan & Stiskal, Doreen. (2009). Stress Management Strategies For Students: The Immediate Effects Of Yoga, Humor, And Reading On Stress. Journal of College Teaching and Learning,. 6. 79-88. 10.19030/tlc.v6i8.1117.
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