For me, life has a way of falling into place each autumn. The prickly morning chills jump-start my days and lead to me spend more time bundled up in cozy places like coffee shops with oversized leather chairs and exposed brick walls. The season queues both routine and excitement for experiencing #allthefeels like chunky sweaters, pumpkin carving, and kayaking.
However, for some people (okay maybe a lot of people), the change of weather can be absolute torment. Leaving work when it’s suddenly dark out can be disorienting and you start hearing terms like “seasonal depression” thrown around. It can be an uninspiring time when plans gradually derail, but rest assured, there are ways of combatting these emotions.
With the above in mind, I’ve put together a list of specific tips for staying on top of your game this fall!
1. Plan an adventurous trip
It’s time to mark your calendars for some outdoor adventures! There’s nothing quite like experiencing nature when surrounded by the emerging red and orange hues of fall leaves. So plan a weekend escape with some friends to go hiking or bike riding on some tree-lined trails.
2. Cook a seasonal meal
Pumpkins have garnered so many haters over the years, but I think we can all agree that they make for really tasty spiced lattes, soups, pies, and muffins. Listen, loving pumpkins doesn’t make you basic – it makes you awesome. Not to mention that cooking with in-season ingredients is a fun activity and simultaneously therapeutic. You’ll notice that most grocery stores clear their front shelves to make way for seasonal flavors. So what are you waiting for? Indulge yourself! P.S. – here’s my go-to pumpkin pie recipe.
3. Get some exercise!
It’s so easy to exercise in the summer when the sun is shining and more people are “out” in general. With the impending fall season, I know there are days ahead when I will feel like doing absolutely nothing after a long day at the office. Endorphins are magic though and can erase a burned-out feeling in an instant. Going for a quick jog or Orange Theory class for an hour always makes me feel refreshed and ready to conquer, so I remember to pencil this into my schedule. Don’t let yourself down!
4. Dress the part
A new season is a great excuse to spruce up your wardrobe. For autumn, I recommend thinking in terms of layers. Be they scarves, jackets, or turtlenecks – make an investment in something practical and chic. A new purchase can be easily offset by the joy you get from simply wearing it. The world is your oyster, so have no shame in your style!
5. Get back on track with your wallet
Finally, let’s think in dollars for a second. Did you set a savings goal back in January when you scribbled down your list of New Year’s resolutions? If your answer is yes, let’s talk about it! Fall signals a gradual close to the year, so it’s a great time to remind yourself of all the goals you want to hit before December 31st. Take some time to re-map them practically and get back on track with reality. Make a plan to put more money in your savings account, pay off those student loans, or just curb your spending on weekend outings with friends. Dust off your goals and keep them going!