Today marks the Autumn Equinox, which means it is finally acceptable to start getting excited for the months ahead. The leaves are starting to fall, the air is crisp and the evenings are slowly getting darker each day. I love this time of year because not only is it the run down to Christmas (and my birthday) but I love Halloween and Bonfire Night just as much. Autumn is a time to slow down, feel cosy and surround ourselves with those who you love most, and an excuse to drink copious amounts of tea, but who am I kidding, I already do.
Here is a list of ways to embrace the season, both outdoors and at home. So, brew yourself a hot drink, settle down and enjoy.
Embrace the season outdoors
Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors. With cooler temperatures, it makes being outside far more comfortable, and you don’t have to worry about getting all sweaty and sunburnt. Autumn is also a perfect time of year to appreciate the ever-changing season. The transition from Summer to Autumn is truly beautiful, and the more time you spend outdoors, the more likely you are to stop and appreciate it.
- Dig out your boots and go for a walk. Sundays are always best for an afternoon countryside stroll, whether through woodlands, a quiet village or an open field, be sure to take in your surroundings and enjoy a moment of calm.
- Catch the morning sunrise or sunset. My favourite thing about Autumn has to be the colours, especially during golden hour, when the trees are ablaze with golden amber hues. As tempting as it is to reach for your camera, nothing compares to witnessing it with your own eyes. So, put the camera away and soak it all in.
- Forage for Autumn treasure. Autumn is a perfect opportunity to collect natural findings such as conkers, leaves, acorns, pinecones, apples, sloe berries and so much more. And don’t be afraid to jump and kick the leaves. No one is watching. I promise.
- Take a drive and discover somewhere new.
- Get yourself a National Trust membership and work your way through as many of the locations as possible.
- Visit a farmer’s market and enjoy the abundance of local, seasonal produce.
- Go pumpkin picking at a local farm and make a day of it. I can’t think of a better way to choose a pumpkin, or two.
- Talking of farms, unleash your inner child and amuse yourself amongst the animals. A lot of farms have many activities that take place for all of the family at this time of year.
- Watch a fireworks display with a flask of hot chocolate to warm your hands.
- Exercise outside. Take your bike for a ride, or simply go for a run.
- Visit a local florist and treat yourself to seasonal blooms.
- Wrap yourself in a scarf and feel all cosy and snug. I am such a fan of scarves and always look forward to the weather getting colder, purely so I can bundle up with a large scarf.
- Take your camera out with you and capture the changing season.
- Book a last minute camping trip and indulge yourself with toasted (vegetarian) marshmallows and a crackling fire.
- Have a little wander around a garden centre.
Embrace the season in the home
Not only is Autumn a perfect time of year to get outdoors, it is also perfect for enjoying cosy nights in by a fire and indulging yourself in home-cooked comfort food and warm beverages. There are so many ways of embracing the Autumn season in the home, and if you are no stranger to ‘Hygge’, then I’m sure you’re already an expert at finding happiness during the long nights to come.
- Light a candle, wrap yourself in a blanket and snuggle in for the night. There are so many great programmes and dramas on the Tv at the moment, so take full advantage of a slow and easy evening.
- Create a cosy living space with mood lighting, cushions and throws, warm, rich colours and textures, burning candles, fairy lights, autumn decor and all of your autumn treasure finds.
- Enjoy a hot cup of tea (or coffee/hot chocolate) in silence, to savour the taste and the moment.
- Run a bath and unwind. Showers are quick and convenient in the summer, but in Autumn when the nights are slow and long, a bath is a lovely way to unwind before getting ready for bed.
- Open the windows and let the outside in.
- Spend an afternoon carving pumpkins and filling your home with them.
- Read a book and commit to finishing it. Use this time to put your phone away, or to turn it off, so there is nothing but you and the book before you.
- Watch a film you have never seen before. If it’s scary, or about Halloween, even better. I just love watching all of the Halloween films for children at this time of year.
- Invite friends and family over for a cosy night in eating home cooked food, playing board games and enjoying each others company.
- Spend time in the kitchen cooking with seasonal produce and indulge yourself with soups, pies and plenty of pumpkins and squash.
- Learn to bake. Now that the Great British Bake Off is back on our screens, there is no excuse to not feel inspired and motivated to try something new. And what with Halloween approaching, have fun creating treats that are spooky and sweet.
- Organise your Autumn wardrobe. That’s right, knitwear and long socks are back.
- Buy yourself a new pair of pyjamas and wear them as often as you can. I’ll be honest, I tend to jump into pyjamas whenever at home all year round, but it is always nicer in autumn when you can wear cosy pyjamas with woodland creatures on.
- Make an autumn wreath and display it in your home or on your front door. There are so many tutorials out there, but if you don’t have the time to make one, you can always buy one.
- Wake up early and make the most of the daylight.
- Enjoy a slow, comforting breakfast that will prepare you for the day ahead.
- Allow yourself a lie in now and again at the weekend.
- Get crafty or take up a new hobby. Pinterest has so many great and easy ideas.
- Practice meditation and yoga in the comfort of your home.
How are you planning on embracing Autumn?
Love Georgie ♥