Autumn is a second January, another new start. Refreshed from the summer we attack projects with renewed vigour to get those goals completed before the end of the year. But by mid-autumn we may find we need to take a break from all our productivity. I start the season determined and then around October/November I need a break and some relaxing activities.
Here is a round up of activities that you can do in Autumn. If you have become tired and need to take some time to relax, these will bring you a restful break. Much like my summer relaxing activities these Autumn relaxing activities include some things to listen to, some things to read, something to make and some things to do.
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Autumn is the time for getting cosy at home and reading books by the fire with a hot drink, whilst the weather gets wilder outside.
I have read the first chapter of this and I loved Myquillyn’s previous book on creating a home you love. Her style is releasing, the book will encourage you to ‘shop the house’ to create a cozy feel that doesn’t involve lots of stuff. I pre-ordered it to get her Cozy Minimalist course for free which is arranged seasonally and I love the Autumn section. For her book tour, Myquillyn built a towable cozy mini barn like her famous white barn and decorated it in her style. I love the creativity of that.
Eleanor the main character is fascinating. The story is an amazing delve into personality and the power of kindness. Graphic designers aren’t portrayed with kindness here but it is funny and poignant. I shared a photo of it on Instagram and it seems lots of you loved it too!
This book is set in Australia around a central character Alice she has a traumatic life, yet still manages to rise through it. I can spot a slight trend here in my reading taste! The cover was the draw for me because it is covered in flowers. Much of the story is set on a flower farm, each chapter is started with a flower and the meaning behind it. This was an interesting touch and I have always wanted to learn more about the language of flowers. It’s another fascinating read with a satisfying ending!
This issue is full of articles from some of my favourite writers. The issue is themed around the one word: bloom. Articles include ‘Finding place’ blooming after and through depression, ‘How to invite beauty into our everyday lives’, how Kristin learned to hope again after the death of her daughter. It has beautiful imagery of blooms, playlists, and poetry. An article on the horrors of hospitality will inspire you! You can see more of my county’s city in an article on Oxford. I loved putting this one together and highly recommend getting a copy if you haven’t already. It is a relaxing, hopeful read best read with a cup of coffee in hand, snuggled under a cosy blanket in your favourite cardi!
‘Things above’ is a new favourite listen from the author and teacher James Bryan Smith. James has a soothing voice, his podcasts are brief and thoughtful and the one I heard this week made me exhale. It was about beauty and James talking about how ‘God show’s his love for us through beauty’ brought tears and an Amen from me.
The mom wants more podcast is a new favourite from my friend Amber and Alana. I love how their mission is to help mums who want more and how ‘pursuing my dreams, figure out my talent’ is more about ‘learning and settling into who we already are and the important work we are already doing’ to quote them. I loved episode 40: How to Uncover Your Creativity.
I’ve picked up a crochet project this autumn as it is cool enough to want to work with wool again. I want to make a blanket and I am not good a projects that can’t be completed in one sitting or that don’t have an end date. I am motivated to finish this project as it is a gift for someone, despite realising I have missed some stitches, so will have to unravel them to redo!
I’m not an expert at crochet but I like the rhythm of working with my hands and it gives my mind space to think. This is the simplest tutorial I found and am following it.
Walk in the forest
A list of relaxing activities for Autumn has to include a walk outside. I love the colder days, the freshness of frost, and trees the colours of flames. I like to pick up shiny conkers or colourful leaves and see my breath in the mornings. This autumn I was able to get away on holiday in a forest with my family and it was a delight to be surrounded by trees. I even saw some real toadstools which I haven’t seen in the wild for years, it was quite magical!
Have you heard about forest bathing? Scientific research found that spending time in the forest could reduce blood pressure, lower cortisol levels and improve concentration and memory! Chemicals released by trees could have an antimicrobial effect on our bodies and boost the immune system. Forest bathing is part of the Japanese national health system. It’s fascinating to me that God would create a natural world that is good for us, beyond the mere visual and obvious benefits.
Write a note
Autumn is the season to be thankful. Whilst we don’t celebrate thanksgiving in the UK we do celebrate harvest and thank God for his provision. It’s a good season to pay attention to all that we do have and to express thanks to others. I made some printable thank you cards that are in my freebie library. Sign up to download them.
I hope that you make time for relaxing autumn activities before we all start to plan for Christmas.