by Sunshima Team
It has been an interesting summer in the UK, a hot June followed by a rainy July and a warm August. So as the leaves turn golden and the air turns crisp, it’s that time of the year when we start to say goodbye to the sunny days of summer and welcome the return of cosy jumpers. But how does this beautiful but challenging time affect our mental health and what can we do to navigate the shift from summer to autumn?
Embrace the Change
First things first, isn’t it amazing how nature effortlessly transitions from the vibrancy of summer to the warm, earthy tones of autumn? Just like Mother Nature, we can gracefully embrace change. Instead of mourning the fading summer days, let’s celebrate the unique charm that autumn brings.
The Power of Nature Therapy
One of the most incredible gifts of autumn is the breathtaking transformation of the natural world. Make it a point to immerse yourself in this spectacle. Take leisurely walks through parks or forests, wonder at the changing colour of the leaves, and the earthy scent of fallen foliage. Nature therapy is real, and it does wonders for your soul.
Cosy Up and Hygge It Out
Autumn is synonymous with cosiness, and let’s not underestimate the power of cosiness in self-care. Create your own little hygge haven at home with soft blankets, scented candles, and your favourite book or movie. There’s something truly magical about curling up with a warm cup of tea and feeling the worries of the world melt away.
Harvest Your Inner Chef
Fall is also the season of harvest, which means an abundance of delicious, nutritious fruits and vegetables. Take advantage of this and explore your culinary skills. Try cooking up some hearty soups, roasted root vegetables, or apple pies. Not only will your taste buds thank you, but engaging in cooking can be a therapeutic experience.
Stay Active Amidst the Falling Leaves
With cooler temperatures, it might be tempting to hibernate indoors and while relaxing has its place in self-care don’t forget to also keep moving. Autumn provides the perfect backdrop for invigorating hikes or brisk walks. You will be amazed at the changing landscape. And simply being present and watching leaves fall around you, can put some perspective on the problems in your life.
Connect with Loved Ones
Autumn is also a time for reconnecting with loved ones. Arrange cosy gatherings, whether it’s around a bonfire, over a board game, or a movie night while wrapped in warm blankets. We are social animals and spending time with family and friends will enrich your soul.
Amidst the seasonal beauty and self-care rituals, don’t forget to practice gratitude. Reflect on the things you’re thankful for, no matter how big or small. Keeping a gratitude journal can be a wonderful daily practice to boost your mental well-being. So as summer ends and fall beckons, remember that each season has its own unique magic and by nurturing your mental health with these seasonal self-care tips, you can fully savour the beauty and serenity of autumn.