When you're busy balancing work, family, a social life and any number of other things, it's easy to let the seasons slip away. But taking time to stop and smell the roses (or in this case, the pumpkin spice) is important for both your mental and physical health. That's why I have come up with a few simple things you can do to really appreciate the fall season - even if it's just for a moment. Read on for easy ways to slow down and revel in the autumn season.
Take a walk in the woods.
Or in the park. Or down your street. Chances are, wherever you walk you'll have an opportunity to admire fall's beauty -- from the fiery colors of the fall foliage to the frost on the ground.
Fill your home with the smells of fall.
There is something decidedly fall-ish about the smells of cinnamon, apples and pumpkin spice wafting through your home. The easiest and cheapest way to give your house that fall smell is to fill a pot with water, throw in some cinnamon sticks, cloves, apple halves and orange peels, and let it all simmer on the stove. Sweet smells will be filling up your place in no time.
Indulge in your autumn-inspired desire to hibernate.
As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, you might find yourself wanting to curl up with a good book and hot cup of tea. I say, bring on the hibernation! Set aside some time each week (or day) and get your cuddle on in front of a fire, or solo snuggle on your bed with a favorite book or movie and a cup of tea.
Fall-ify your wardrobe.
This doesn't necessarily mean you should go out and buy up every burnt orange item you can find. Simply take a moment to assess your wardrobe and do a bit of organization that will make throwing together a cold weather outfit easier. Put away the things you won't need until spring and donate the items you no longer need to a local charity.
Visit your local farmer's market to pick up some autumn harvest items.
Keep your eyes peeled for seasonal goodies. Adding local, seasonal fruits and vegetables to your everyday meals is an environmentally friendly way to add a little bit of autumn to your life.
Take advantage of that extra morning hour when the clocks turn back.
When the time change rolls around in the fall, everyone complains about losing an hour of daylight, but you could also think of it as gaining an hour in the morning that you can make the most of before your body adjusts to the time change. Whether you use the hour to head to that early morning yoga class, or to simply enjoy the morning on your patio (with festive decor, of course) over a relaxing cup of tea - the choice is yours.
Pull out your crock pot and storm full-force into soup season.
From butternut squash bisque's to hearty potato and sausage stews, the time for soups is upon us. Dust off that slow-cooker and leaf through your grandma's recipes or try a new soup recipe each week. After all, you can never have too much soup on hand when the temperature drops.
Have friends over for a fall-themed thrifty swap party.
Save money and enjoy time with your friends by hosting a fall-themed swap-it party. The theme could be a sweater and boots swap, a Halloween costume swap, or a fall decor swap.
Create your own fall bucket list of at least one small thing to do to slow down and savor fall each week.
Fall lasts for approximately 12 weeks; at least according to the calendar. Get out a pad of paper and write the numbers one through twelve down one side of it. Beside each number write down something fall-like you want to slow down and enjoy this season. You can start with whichever of these ideas of mine you liked and then add to it with your own ideas, or search Pinterest or Google for more.Grab a good book cuddle up in front of the fire and savor autumn.
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