Now that autumn is finally here, a new season brings new goals. Cooler weather and upcoming holidays make this time of the year a perfect opportunity for change. But it isn’t always easy to invest in positive habits, especially when the days start getting colder.
Whether you’re trying to reach new heights or simply break out of a long-term funk, here are some of the best ways you can feel better this fall:
Decorating might feel overrated to some, but this fun change of pace can actually help make you feel more grounded. If you’re constantly surrounded by the same decor, you might feel like you’re stuck in a time capsule. Suddenly winter is here and you may be stuck wondering where the warm months of summer went.
Decorations serve as a friendly reminder that time is passing. As you set up your home for cooler days, these decorations can help you feel more “in the moment.” These markers of time passing are a great way to shake up your normal routine and they can encourage you to enjoy everything around you. You can even make your own decorations if you want to have a crafty hour with some friends. Building a DIY newspaper scarecrow can get the whole family involved. Latex paints dry in as little as three hours, giving you almost immediate results.
For those who are more financially secure, investing in home improvements can also be in the cards. Even though only 40% of business owners took out loans in 2017, homeowners rely on these essential grants to make home improvements before the winter comes. While decorating is a great idea in the autumn, changing up your house to better meet your needs can make you feel better in the long-term.
You might hate packing up your favorite tank tops, but fall fashion is a great excuse to splurge on new items. Autumn is a time for reinventing yourself; there’s no better excuse to invest in yourself than when the seasons begin to change. Go out and purchase that new jacket or pair of boots to feel more confident in the colder weather. You can always splurge on a few essential accessories if you want to breathe life into an older outfit, too. In fact, silver has been used in jewelry-making for more than 6,000 years. Just don’t lean on buying material items as a crutch when you’re feeling down.
Autumn is known for its encroaching rain showers but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. Grab your rain boots and an umbrella to get much-needed exercise. Even going for a brisk walk can boost your mood on an otherwise dreary day. Plus, you can achieve the added benefit of a longer life expectancy. It’s thought that adults who exercise for even one hour a day live longer than those who don’t.
Getting much-needed vitamin D can also stave off the worst effects of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This condition is all the more common in winter, but it’s actually a year-round issue for many people.
No one likes a grinch, even if it’s a few months early. If you’re feeling stuck indoors, why not invest in some autumnal activities?
Going on a haunted hayride or visiting an apple orchard are some of the unique opportunities that autumn has to offer. Get up early, have a nice, healthy breakfast, and start the day with a cliche activity that you’ll love for years to come. After all, autumn only comes once a year. So, don’t let anyone make you feel bad about getting a classic pumpkin spice latte, whether it’s hot or cold; coffee shops have sold cold options since the 1960s, regardless of the weather.
Whether it’s jumping in a pile of leaves or visiting a pumpkin patch, there are countless autumnal activities to choose from. You can get the whole family involved or make it a fun day with your best friends. The best part of autumn is that there’s something for just about anyone.
If you’re not a fan of the great outdoors, you can also host a Halloween party or another festive event in the comfort of your home.
These are just some of the ways you can truly make the most out of autumn, whether you’re trying to break out of a funk or simply improve your mood. Some of these activities might even help you break out of that common cold stuffiness. When you’re ready to enjoy everything fall has to offer, rely on this list to feel better about the changing seasons.