Do you agree that this year has flown by? It seems that just weeks ago we were ringing in the new year. All of a sudden, we have entered October, election day is around the corner and 2021 is on the horizon.
While the year may have zoomed by with unusual speed, I think most of us can also agree that it’s been a challenging year on many fronts. It can be easy to get caught yearning for the fresh start that a new year can bring. Instead, we urge you to slow down and appreciate where we are right now. The fall season is upon us and there are plenty of things to be grateful for, no matter how difficult the past 10 months have been.
If you are looking to take advantage of the season, slow down and put some of your woes behind you (at least for a little while), take a look at this list of 6 things you can do to make the most out of the autumn season.
We encourage you to choose a few ideas from the list and make a point to incorporate them into your week. You can even make a challenge out of it! How many fall-inspired ideas can you check off the list by the end of October?
6 Ways to Enjoy the Fall Season
Indulge in pumpkin… anything.
Pumpkin makes quite an impression this time of year. From lattes to lotions, pumpkin can be found almost anywhere. Get yourself in the spirit of the season and try a few pumpkin creations this year. Pumpkin picking is still an option in most areas. If not, pick some up at your local grocery store.
Pumpkin not your thing? Try apples.
If you are anti-pumpkin, perhaps you can get on board with apples. Apple scented candles bring a cozy vibe to any space. Cider and apple pie are two delicious ways to partake in the season’s favorite fruit (or second favorite if you are Team Pumpkin). Like pumpkin picking, many places still have apple picking options available while the season lasts.
Get outside and take in the crisp air.
For many around the country, the fall brings cooler, crisper weather – a welcome reprieve from the hot summer months. Bundle up in your favorite chunky sweater, scarf and woolen hat and take a stroll outside. Make it a truly perfect fall frolic by bringing a piping hot mug full of cider, coffee or tea. The cool air can be an invigorating way to start or end your day. Even if you live in a state that enjoys a warmer climate all year long, you can still get outside early in the morning and enjoy the cooler temperatures!
Celebrate the spooky.
With the quarantining and social distancing of the last 7 months, it’s nice to find a new COVID-safe activity that still allows you to celebrate the season. Families across the country will start decorating their homes for Halloween if they haven’t already, meaning you can hop in the car and do a spooky Halloween decoration tour of your city.
Focus on a fall-themed craft project.
The autumn is the perfect time to stay inside and create a piece of art. The season lends itself to so many projects that can help you exercise your crafting muscles. Not sure where to begin? Try some of these ideas:
- Knit a scarf or cozy blanket
- Learn to make jams
- Make your own Halloween costume
- Or make one for your dog
Spend some quality time in your kitchen.
The aroma of a warm meal coming from your kitchen screams fall. Pick up some local, seasonal ingredients and experiment. Roasted vegetables, all kinds of pies and warming soups are perfect for those crisp fall days and nights.
How do you take full advantage of the fall? What are your favorite fall traditions?