If you hadn’t already noticed from the crisp leaves on the ground, the chill in the air, & the explosion in Yankee Candle content on Instagram, it’s Autumn.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this time of year: I love the cooler weather & am obsessed with outerwear, but the shorter daylight hours always leave me feeling drained & even more introverted than usual. I also think it’s so easy for Autumn to slip away & before you know it it’s Christmas & a quarter of the year has disappeared.
That’s why today I wanted to run through five activities that are perfect for this season.
I’m a big believer in the powers of a soft sweater on a chilly day.
1 // invest in knitwear
I’m a big believer in the powers of a soft sweater on a chilly day & there are so many great options out there this year including this beaut M&S number. I love the volume in the sleeves, the pearl detail is a total compliment magnet & makes it feel a bit more dressy than a more utilitarian plain knit. Obviously M&S pieces are a little more pricey than other fast-fashion options, but the quality means you’re getting an item that can be pulled out year-on-year. If you’re on a budget, keep an eye out in local charity shops in the Spring – lots of people will discard barely worn knitwear as soon as the weather turns warmer & there are always some great vintage finds too.
2 // keep an eye on your mood
The lack of sunlight during the Winter months can have a really serious impact on your mental health, so whether you’re someone who struggles normally or not, it’s worth monitoring your mood as the days get shorter. If you’re finding it hard to cope or even if daily tasks just seem a little bit more difficult that usual, it’s worth looking into treatments like Vitamin D supplements, SAD lamps, & potentially medication.
3 // get back to your books
During the Summer, the lure of cocktails in the sun is enough to make even the most avid reader put down their books, but come Autumn snuggling up with a good book suddenly seems so much more appealing. I’m currently reading Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, The Good Immigrant, & Do What You Want – all of which I would really recommend. I’ve also pre-ordered Caitlin Doughty’s new book From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death which I can’t wait to read.
4 // reassess your living space
With Summer out the way, most of us will be back to spending more time around the house, so it’s a good opportunity to update your living space. I know it’s peak white girl but I love to up the cosy vibes with lots of blankets, candles & soft lighting. Redecoration doesn’t have to be pricey: H&M’s home range is fantastic & I can’t stop eyeing up this cushion & duvet set from George at ASDA.
5 // revisit your goals
I know most people are all about goal setting in January, but why wait? You’ve still got a quarter of the year left which is the perfect amount of time to take stock, wrap up any loose ends, & start thinking about what you want to achieve next year. One of my big goals for 2017 was to take blogging more seriously & while I’ve definitely achieved that to some extent – more brand relationships, a couple of media features, upping my photography game – there’s been no consistency, so that’s something I’m going to work on in the run up to Christmas.
Let me know in the comments below what you’ve got planned for Autumn.
Photos by Lianne Mackay.