After a long, hot summer in particular, it can be really hard when the evenings start drawing in again and sunny days become a rare treat. But there is still plenty you can do to relax and feel good in autumn.
Alternating hot and cold showers and exercise
As our drive slows down and we start to feel listless, alternating hot and cold showers are a very good way to get the circulation going and set ourselves up for the day. It’s a good idea to spend time outdoors every day even on days when the weather leaves a little to be desired. Go for a long walk or a bike ride, or get into the habit of jogging regularly. Every minute you spend in the fresh air will help you to stay fit and to prevent you from feeling low in autumn.
Pamper your senses
It’s only natural that we should spend more time at home in the colder season. And we should make sure it is as cosy and inviting as possible. Enjoy the time at home with all your senses. Literally. Put some relaxing music on. Whether your preference is for smooth jazz or ambient sounds is entirely your choice. Dimmed lights or a few candles will help to create a comfortable atmosphere, and fragrance can also increase your well-being. Try a few slightly bitter or spicy notes, such as bergamot or sandalwod. Then a bowl of delicious pumpkin soup, and you’re all set up for a lovely evening.
Keep yourself warm
The weather steadily deteriorates from week to week. Rain, cold, and sometimes even storms. If you start to feel that the rain is getting into your very bones, a deep, relaxing bath is just the thing. Warming additives such as rosemary or a mud bath are very good, as they stimulate the circulation and help you to relax. Wrap up warm after the bath and relax for a while, either by lying down or making yourself comfortable in your favourite chair with your feet up and a good book.
Bring light and colour into your life
As well as colourful leaves, chestnuts and harvest-time, autumn also means less daylight. And that’s something many of us really notice. Too little daylight causes many of us to experience the winter blues. A subdued mood and tiredness is another side effect. There’s a simple reason for this: on dreary grey days, our body produces less of the hormone serotonin, which is also known as the happy hormone. At the same time, our body also produces more melatonin, the sleep hormone, when there is a lack of light. So it’s hardly surprising that we should feel tired and grumpy. A couple of good solutions are walks in the countryside, while a daylight lamp on your desk can also be helpful. It mimics daylight, which will help you to feel more productive and more active. However, if you want to relax, then opt for a warm source of light. Colour also improves our well-being. Orange and yellow, for instance, lift the mood, while red is warming and boosts energy levels, and green is balancing. Choose the colours that are the best for you for your interior decoration or clothing.
Find some quiet moments
We don’t always have to be doing something to relax. Of course, meditation and yoga certainly help, but the most important thing is to take time for yourself. Essentially, your personal quality time, during which you alone decide what you want to do. It could be listening to music, reading, or simply just not doing anything. This is your time.
How do you snuggle down and relax in autumn? Do you have any other wellness tips?