As the warm, sun-kissed days of summer start to transition to the crisp, colorful embrace of fall, I find myself ready to hang up my bikini and indulge in all the exciting activities this beautiful season has to offer.
The start of October brings a unique charm with its stunning trees, cozy vibes, and for me, nostalgic feels. Here are a couple of ways I have, and am planning to welcome the change, nourish my well-being, and make the most of this beautiful season.
The therapy that nature can provide is no joke. And not to mention, there’s something about autumn’s changing leaves that is so good for the soul compared to other seasons. So, I lace up my age-old hiking boots, head to a nearby forest like the Rouge Valley, and let myself be blown away by the breathtaking beauty of fall foliage. It’s like a natural energy boost for my body and soul.
Mindfulness In Nature
When you get yourself outside on a hike, it’s the perfect time to bring some mindfulness into the mix. I’ll find a peaceful spot, even if it’s just on a bench, and tune into the sounds of rustling leaves and chirping birds. It’s like you can feel the stress melt away!
You may have seen my latest article all about the therapeutic power of hot yoga. Now, while I think any time is a great time to get on your mat, it’s honestly way better when the temperature drops. Why? Walking out of a hot studio into the refreshing cool air is almost like hot and cold therapy (almost).
And remember, you can practice yoga anywhere. I’d recommend even rolling out your mat outdoors with fall’s vibrant scenery to provide the perfect backdrop for those rejuvenating yoga sessions.
I’ve set up a personal self-care routine that screams “fall.” Nice, warm baths with autumn-scented bath salts, face masks, and cuddling up with a book and herbal tea are my go-to relaxation rituals.
I love when fall rolls around because the summer’s humidity has broken, and it’s finally time for me not to feel overheated when I want a hot tea!
Herbal teas are great because they are not only healthy and can boost your immune system, but there are so many fall flavors that give me that warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Try options like chamomile, ginger, and cinnamon — they are some of my favorites!
Reflect and Set Goals
As fall works its magic on nature, take some time to reflect and set some goals for myself. The leaves are changing, the weather is changing, our lifestyles are changing, which makes it an excellent transformational time for personal reflection and goal setting. Assess your well-being, set intentions, and plan what you’d like for the months ahead.