I wonder how many times you’ve already heard the words ‘I can’t believe it’s Autumn already’?! Every year it seems to come around quicker, with a bigger shock to the system. This year it’s as if a switch was flicked overnight. The mornings are suddenly chilly and the evenings are dark. I’m actually a huge fan of Autumn so I don’t mind. I love the leaves changing, much prefer jumpers and boots to any kind of Summer clothing, and appreciate a good blanket and cup of hot chocolate. It’s still taken me by surprise, though, and I wasn’t quite ready. If you’re not quite ready to pack away your vest tops and start making a Christmas list, here’s my list of five things to do to ease yourself into the new season.
1: Get Some Light Therapy
I don’t suffer too drastically with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) but I know that many people do. The reduced daylight hours can mean lethargy, depression, anxiety, sleep problems and other nasty side effects. I can’t deny that dark nights and grey skies do get me down. A SAD lamp can be a godsend. We still love the Rondo LED Light from Innolux that I got last year. It is now fixed to the wall in Sean’s studio and he turns it on every morning. I also have a SAD lamp on my desk, right in front of me next to the computer.
From now until the Spring, it will stay on all day. It helps to wake me up in the morning when I start work, and it keeps me awake when the nights are drawing in. Actually, in the last couple of days I’ve not even noticed it becoming dark outside while I’ve been working. I prefer this kind of light to the other artificial lighting in the room. It’s clearer, whiter and mimics natural daylight.
If you’re looking for a way to keep up your productivity as the days get shorter, I really do recommend investing in a daylight lamp. It will also help keep SAD at bay.
2: Transition Towards Light Yet Warming Meals
Salads and cold food are straight out of the window for me as soon as I need to start putting the heating on. I really do prefer to eat warm foods at this time of year, but I still want light meals. I think soup is probably the quintessential Autumn food. It’s nutritious, comforting and cosy, and very versatile.
I made this Spicy Carrot Soup last week and it was so filling and delicious. It’s really simple to make, as it just contains carrots, onions, garlic, stock and some curry powder and cumin.
I got a Salter Soup Maker from Amazon a few months ago, but only used it recently. It’s amazing! I thought it might be a bit cumbersome to use, but making soup couldn’t be much easier. All you have to do is chop all the ingredients up, put them all in at the same time and add the stock and seasoning. Then you turn it on and wait for the beep. You can pick between chunky and pureed soups. It takes 20-30 minutes to make perfect soup. You don’t even have to set a timer – the machine does everything for you.
My soup turned out perfectly smooth and was so tasty.
To clean the soup maker, you only have to wash the lid and the inside out. I really rate it if you don’t want soup making to be too much of an effort.
3: Fill Your Home With Autumn Scents
When I think of Autumn scents, I think of bonfires, pumpkin spice, falling leaves and apples. These types of fragrances are so warming, comforting and help to bring the outdoors inside.
I’ve been burning this Charlotte Rhys candle in Under The Leaves. I live in the Forest of Dean and this sounded perfect for our home. It has a beautiful shiny black pot and a silver lid. I’d not tried any candles from Charlotte Rhys before. It’s a South African brand that’s fair trade, environmentally friendly, cruelty free and vegan. I really like this one. The scent of Under The Leaves contains musk and cedarwood so it’s instantly warming, but it also has uplifting Orange and Tomato Leaves among its notes.
It looks gorgeous to boot.
Having candles burning is so relaxing, creates a cosy ambiance, and their scents have uplifting effects on mood.
I was kindly sent this candle by Osmology, and am really grateful as it’s been such a nice way to transition from fruity and fresh summery fragrances into deeper autumnal ones.
4: Look Forward To Seasonal Events
I personally love the build up to Christmas, I’m not talking about Christmas here. Now the shops are already filling themselves with Christmas decorations and cards, and it can be a bit overwhelming when you only just arrived back from your Summer holiday.
There are a few Autumn holidays coming up that sometimes get overlooked. Planning and prepping for these is a much gentler way of finding yourself in a new season. There are so many things to do in Autumn.
Halloween is on the 31 October, and Bonfire Night is the 5 November. Halloween in particular is growing in popularity in the UK each year, so why not arrange a party and start planning your Halloween costume and decor?
After that you have Black Friday which is on 24 November this year (the day after Thanksgiving). Cyber Monday follows this. These are huge discount shopping days, again growing in popularity in the UK. Deals start appearing from early November. It can be worth working out in advance what you want to buy, and keeping track of the best deals. You could also get your Christmas shopping done in one go if you plan ahead, leaving you with a less stressful December to enjoy.
5: Snuggle Up With The New Season’s TV Shows
Nothing beats a Netflix binge under a duvet when it’s cold and dark outside. Or an Amazon binge. Or NOW TV. They’re all good. There are some great shows returning this Autumn (I cannot wait for the new series of The Walking Dead), as well as some new ones I’ve heard good things about. Here’s a few of the shows I’ll be watching this Autumn:
Netflix: Suburra (6 Oct), Mindhunter (13 Oct) and Stranger Things Season 2 (27 Oct).
Amazon: American Horror Story Season 6 (3 Oct), Lore (13 Oct), Red Oaks Season 3 (20 Oct)
NOW TV: Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 9 (2 Oct), The Walking Dead Season 8 (23 Oct)
A cuddly ginger cat is also the perfect snuggling partner 🙂
Which one will you be watching? Any recommendations you can pass on for shows I should add to my list? I love finding new ones.
How are you transitioning into Autumn?
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