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5 mindful things to do in Autumn

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.

Woodland footpath in autumn

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 leaves.  

Wreath made from natural autumn materials

 

Embrace Nature

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.

Hands holding sparklers in the dark

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.  

Coffee with book and blanket

Get Cosy

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 film.

Woman asleep in white bed in wood panelled room

Sleep Well

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.  

 

 

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