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Fall 2020 Tips

With fall feeling a little different this year due to everything that is happening in 2020, this set of tips will offer autumn inspiration to help you still find comfort in this season.

The change of season is a great time to sit down and look at your daily and weekly routine. Does it feel balanced? Could you make room for more pleasurable activities? Sometimes scheduling it in is the best way to ensure we're making time for pleasure in our lives.

While it's still nice out, prioritize getting some outdoor movement into your day — bonus if you can do so in some 'green space'! The movement, fresh air, and green space can truly make an impact on mood and energy, which may become a struggle as we move into fall.

Try 'eating with the season' (e.g. apples, carrots, kale, sweet potato, and many more) for more nutrients and better flavour. Balancing your intake with whole foods is especially important this time of year if you want to be proactive for the fall and winter months.

Make a list of the things you like about autumn. Find ways to include more of those things in your life, even if that means sticking the list somewhere you'll see it each day. It's okay to miss summer, but try to focus on what you can do in the present.

If you can, invest in some new varieties of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Set your mug out on the counter before you go to sleep so that it's ready for you to fill up in the morning, as an incentive to get out of bed.

Fall is sometimes referred to as the season of letting go. Let this be your permission to let go of some of what is weighing you down. Let go of relationships that put your needs last, let go of your rigid expectations of yourself, let go of what isn't yours to carry.

Do you have some partway finished projects you've been putting off? Find inspiration in this new season by approaching one of your projects as if it is a brand new task. Breathe new life into an old project with renewed purpose and intention.

Remember that moderation is key. Sometimes the change of seasons inspires us to take on a lot of new commitments or interests, but know when to say "no" to other people and things so that you can say "yes" to yourself.

Think about how you might be able to surround yourself with warm colours (oranges, reds and yellows) to help balance the cooling climate outside. Could you make some of your own decorations? Find some in a "buy nothing" Facebook group? Thrift some new clothes?

Take advantage of this weather and enjoy some activities that were too hot or tiring to do in the summer, e.g. geocaching, rollerblading, landscaping, the list is endless!

Fall is a great time to enjoy some seasonal aromas. Try out scents like pine, vanilla, apple cider, cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Candles, diffusers, incense, and other scented items like soaps can introduce some autumn warmth to your life!

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Want to fall clean, but not sure where to start? Check out this helpful cleaning checklist for possible tidying tasks, sorted by room.

Want to elevate your next reading experience? Head outside with snuggly clothes, a warm drink, and a cushion or blanket. Plop down wherever you're comfortable, and let yourself work through your current read as long as you'd like!

Exposure to as much sunlight as possible can be super helpful for your mood, energy, and sleep this season. If you aren't able to get outside or sit near a window during the day, you may want to look into light therapy lamps that can help mimic that sunlight for you.

Snuggling up for a movie is a great way to practice self care. Add some fall vibes to your cozy night-in by finding an October classic, like a Halloween movie or a film that features changing leaves, warm colours, and good vibes.

Hot water can do wonders for your body and your mood. If you've had an off day, or just want to relax, take a hot bath or shower to rejuvenate from the chill outside. It's almost guaranteed to make you feel better!

Goal-setting in the fall can be a little bit trickier than usual. To increase your motivation for the rest of the year, try creating a vision board. It can be virtual or physical, and even have a fall theme for colours and fonts, if you'd like!

Take time to do a bit of a needs assessment with yourself. What needs aren't being met that you could work on? Do you need more quiet time, time to learn, a kinder internal voice, or more physical activity? Come up with some ways that you can start meeting these needs.

More time inside because of COVID-19, plus the colder weather, probably means that you're staring at a screen a lot. Try to be mindful of your posture as you read, type, or scoll throughout the day. The last thing you need are extra aches and pains!

This fall, try going on daily or weekly walks. Each time you wander outside, notice the colours of the leaves and how they've changed since your last walk. Noticing small changes in nature is a way to practice mindfulness, even if just for a few moments of your day.