The brilliant hues of autumn and cooler air beg us to experience the changing seasons first-hand. Normally, as the heat of the summer begins to dissipate, a renewed sense of calm sets in. But this year has been a little different. 2020 has been something else, presenting unforeseeable challenges to all. Let’s take a collective deep breath and enjoy what Nature has to offer. We could all use an excuse to celebrate and savor the moment.
Enjoy Fall’s Colors
It’s no wonder we enjoy seeing the fall colors so much–viewing nature is greatly beneficial to our well being. Hues of red, orange, and yellow light up the landscape signaling the change to come. It’s the perfect time to quiet the mind and give yourself the gift of a breath of fresh air.
Take a drive to your favorite spot or go for a hike (if the air quality permits). Enjoy a walk in your neighborhood or play a Calm meditation. If it’s not possible to get outside, you can always check out a relaxing Enchanting Autumn nature relaxation video. That will still give you a positive brain boost.
On your adventure, you can pick up a leaf and press it in the pages of a book you plan to read later this fall. Or, find a few items to bring home and get crafty. Invite nature into your home throughout the whole season by creating something with it by hand.
Get Crafty with Nature’s Bounty
Decorating for the changing season is a relaxing activity that you can do with people of all ages–or by yourself if you’re needing some introspective time. Forage for pine cones, leaves, and other natural materials in your backyard, on your leaf peeping trip, or on a walk to your neighborhood park to see what you find in the area. There are many ways to go zero-waste with your fall decor that are also cost-free.
Deep purple and yellow corn wreaths, pine cone bird feeders, and dried orange garlands are simple and natural crafts that will bring the scents and colors of fall into your home. Check out our Natural Fall Crafts Pinterest board for more inspiration.
Pro tip: Use undyed organic cotton cooking twine to reduce plastic waste. Your decor can be 100 percent biodegradable, and you don’t have to store as many decorations that will only be used one time every year.
Make a Seasonally-Inspired Meal or Dessert
There’s nothing quite like celebrating the arrival of fall with a home-cooked meal made with seasonal ingredients. Delicious squashes, apples, and a pinch of cinnamon become the base for many dishes that soothe the soul. Cook up your favorite dish and queue up a Zoom dinner with friends and family. Turn on your favorite music and breathe in the intoxicating aroma that fills your home.
Plant for Spring
Gardening is rewarding at any time of the year. But, planting in fall for an early spring bloom can be especially exciting. Tulips, alliums, daffodils, and hyacinths are wonderful bulbs to plant before the first autumn frost. Check out this guide from Garden Design for more details on when and how to plant, cool-season annuals and vegetables, and trees, shrubs, and perennials.
Plan a Rest Day
2020 has been a long year. So, give yourself a day to do whatever will make your soul feel alive. Maybe you’ve been wanting to sit in the park under the sun and read a book. Or, cook all day while binge-watching Outlander. Maybe you have a to-do list you’ve been putting off for forever, and if you tackle it you’d feel a huge relief. If you’re a planner, consider planning a day with no plans except relaxing activities that are truly stress-free.
Our always-on modern lifestyle doesn’t lend itself to giving yourself a regular mental break. We move quickly from one activity to the next without taking a breath–whether it’s for work or play. Give yourself time to be fully present and reset, and reflect on how that makes you feel. What does the best you feel like?