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The autumn is such a beautiful time of year. Quite possibly, my favorite. But, we often go from the race of summer fun to the hustle and bustle of the school year to the holidays and never catch a glimpse of fall. Here are some ways to slow down and enjoy fall this year.
10 Tips to Slow Down and Enjoy Fall
1. Get Outdoors
Fall is the absolute perfect time of year to get out and enjoy some fresh air. From just sitting out on the back deck in the mornings and enjoying a cup of coffee, to hiking in the woods. Outside is the absolute best place to enjoy fall.
Being outdoors not only helps you be in the element that the autumn season brings, it helps you refresh your own mind. It’s amazing to me what a little bit of crisp, fresh harvest air will do for me and my mindset.
2. Enjoy Your Favorite Hot Beverage
Pumpkin latte your thing? Awesome. Just like some hot tea or cider? That’s great, too. Whatever your favorite hot drink is, indulge in it. Slowly. None of this rushing to down your cup of coffee in the morning. Make time and savor it.
Sitting down, sans phone, in the morning or evening and enjoying a hot beverage is so relaxing. It really helps you calm down before (or after) your harried day and take the time to enjoy something delicious.
3. Cuddle Up
Whether it’s with a good book, your spouse, your kids, or even a movie. Grab a blanket and snuggle in. Feel the warm softness of the blanket and just be in the moment.
4. Bake Something
I prefer the smell of pumpkin pie in the fall. I love making them. I love the aroma that fills our home. Take your time, invite your kids to join in on the fun. And make something together (or alone). Print out the recipe if you don’t have one so you can leave your phone off in the distant land it often belongs in.
Take time to enjoy the act of mixing, the smell of all of the ingredients, and the smell of it baking. Then, indulge in whatever treat you baked up!
5. Go To The Orchard
One of my children’s favorite times in the fall is our annual visit to the apple orchard. We try to go there at least once and follow up with a visit to a local pumpkin patch later on.
There’s nothing like visiting the local orchard and taking in all the sights and smells. Plus, who doesn’t love fresh apples?
6. Start a Fall Garden
Or even just plant something indoors! Fall gardening is actually a lot easier than summer gardening in several ways. You don’t have to worry about the heat as much. You just have to make sure you plant in time to harvest before it freezes over.
Getting your hands in the dirt helps you slow down and appreciate more all by itself. Alternatively, pot a few plants to enjoy inside all fall and winter long.
7. Make Your Favorite Soup or Stew
Fall is the perfect time for soup and stew. I love when the weather starts cooling off and I can pull out all of my favorite recipes and make them.
So, grab your favorite recipe, or find a new one, and make some delicious soup to warm you up and enjoy the aroma (and taste).
8. Fill Your Home With Autumn Aromas
Whether you grab a candle or create a simmer pot. There is nothing better than the smell of fall in your house. To make a simmer pot, you’ll just put on a pot of water on the stove, put in cinnamon sticks, apple and orange slices and maybe some cloves and let it simmer. You’ll really enjoy the fall smells.
9. Collect Leaves and Make Rubbings
I always enjoyed doing this as a child, and I can’t say I don’t enjoy it now. Go on a hike and collect some leaves with your kids. Bring them in, figure out what kind they are, and make beautiful rubbings with them! It’s easy, and it’s a way to enjoy some fun, quality and even educational time with your children.
10. Decorate Your Home With Autumn
Fall is my favorite time to decorate. The colors, the burlap, pumpkins, you name it I love fall decor. Bring some of that beauty inside and decorate your home for fall.
Slowing down to enjoy fall is such a blessing. You’ll be so glad you took the time to actually enjoy this season instead of wondering where it went come Christmas.