Posted: by Natasha Wednesday, 12 December 2018 @ 15:42
Autumn is fast-approaching and, as the days get shorter and the
weather gloomier, it can be easy to feel a little run-down; however, bear in mind that Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of
year. As F Scott Fitzgerald put it, ‘"Life
starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall."
We’ve put together a list of ways to stay mindful this Autumn, to
ensure that you enjoy everything this season has to offer, from the beauty of
the natural world to quality time spent with loved ones.
Go For a Walk
With leaves changing colours and fluttering from the trees,
Autumn is one of the nicest times of year to go for a simple nature walk. You
can visit your local park, or even go for a hike in one of the UK’s stunning national
parks, if you’re feeling adventurous. Take your camera to capture the season’s
dramatic skies, misty landscapes and the rich ambers and fiery reds of Autumn
Bring the outdoors indoors to create a feeling of oneness
with nature. This doesn’t have to be a home renovation with exposed stone
walls, wooden floors or oak furniture; you can celebrate nature with mindful
art projects. From the large-scale
conceptual pieces of Andy Goldsworthy, to the textural artwork of Ellie Beck, the
beautiful foliage of Autumn is the perfect medium for arts and crafts. Try
weaving together a simple-but-effective wreath, or wall hanging, with leaves,
firs and twigs.
Celebrate Bonfire Night
Don’t be disheartened by the evenings drawing in sooner.
Enjoy the magic of Autumn nights by planning for Guy Fawkes. Start researching now, to plan where you're going to enjoy the fireworks. Let yourself
be wowed by the dazzle and colour of fireworks as they explode in the sky, enjoy
the warmth of a bonfire on a cool evening, and take in the smoky scent of the
Autumn air. Bonfire displays are a perfect opportunity to pay attention to all
of your senses, lose yourself in your surroundings, and live in the moment.
In Denmark and Norway, the feeling of cosiness is considered
key to achieving wellness and contentment. The Danish word for this concept is hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) and it is centred on mindfulness, capturing a feeling or
moment of security, connectedness and warmth. Surround yourself with loved ones
and take pleasure in the simple things: your favourite home-cooked meal, a
roaring fire or spending a night snuggled up in a blanket with a good book or
Autumn is a time for rest, with much of the nation’s wildlife
going in to hibernation. Take a cue from the natural world, and make sure you
invest some time into getting your 8 hours’ sleep a night. Be sure to switch
off any phones or devices an hour before you want to be asleep, and try some
meditative practices to help you drift off: pay attention to your breathing,
and pay attention to how your body feels lying in bed. Don’t let yourself be
irritated by any noises or distractions; instead, accept them and let your
attention wander, before returning your focus to your breathing.