Beating The Fall Blues

Fall is my favourite season, sartorially at least. I love the crisp air and beautiful fall colours. In spite of this, I always seem to find myself in a bit of a slump as the temperature goes down. I’m not sure if it’s because the excitement of summer has passed and I’m staring down the barrel of another long, cold winter or if it’s a leftover feeling of dread for the start of a new school year. Whatever causes it, it happens every year like clockwork.

I think it’s a fairly common phenomenon and so today I’d like to share some of my tips to pull yourself out of a slump and banish those fall blues!


Start a new project

Whether you decide to take up a new hobby or tackle a long overdue task, I find that a new project helps generate some excitement for the coming season. In the past, I’ve signed up for yoga classes, pottery classes, and photography classes. Last year, I decided to reboot my blog!

Some other suggestions include:

  • learning how to knit (not really my jam but I think it would be a really nice way to spend a cozy evening at home);
  • setting a reading goal such as two books per month all winter;
  • getting a room in your home cleared out and set up for guests, or crafts or games, etc.; and,
  • getting outside for a walk a few times a week to take in those gorgeous fall colours. 


Indulge in some self-care

For me, self-care is a bubble bath and a good book but it can be something as simple as taking ten minutes to sip on your favourite tea. Spend a few minutes browsing the new-in section in your favourite online shop. Plan an evening of sipping nice wine in front of the fireplace.

Take a solo walk. The Japanese concept of forest bathing is something my partner told me about and it is simply taking in the forest atmosphere. I really think there’s something to it. It’s hard not to feel relaxed when you’re surrounded by trees.

Treat yourself to something you’ve been eyeing. It doesn’t have to be something huge, a bath bomb or a scented candle are always nice.

Another form of self-care is to create a ritual you enjoy. If you’re a morning person, set aside some time for journaling, meditation, or a luxurious shower. Love skincare? Set up a new fall routine! If you have trouble sleeping, creating a bedtime routine to let yourself unwind can really help.


Plan something fun with your friends

One year a group of my friends and I arranged weekly potlucks. Each week there would be a different theme and it would take place at a different person’s house. It was great and the perfect way to spend a chilly weeknight!

Something as simple as a weekly phone or Skype date with a friend in another city is something to look forward to. Throw in a glass of vino or two and you’ve got yourself an evening!


Take care of something

Buy yourself some cute little succulents and make a project out of caring for them. Re-pot them in cute planters, find a spot with enough light, and make a cute arrangement. Go through your sweaters and get them ready for the upcoming season. Transfer them out of storage, de-pill them, hand wash them, and get them into rotation.  Get a fish and lavish some tender loving care on it! The options are endless.


Beat the fall blues: be a basic b

Throw on a cute fall outfit, a chunky sweater, jeans, boots, and a blanket scarf is a no-fail combination, and take yourself on a nice walk to the nearest coffee shop. Sit in the window, get in some quality people-watching, and sip on a pumpkin spice latte, they are actually pretty darn good!


I hope these tips help you beat those fall blues and get back to living your best life. Let me know if you have any tips I’ve missed.

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Sarah Winton

My name is Sarah and I am a 30 something-year-old girl with a serious product addiction and far too many lipsticks in my purse. I live in Northern Canada (yep, it’s cold!).

I started my blog, Poutine and Prada, in 2009 (I can’t believe it’s been 10 years) just for fun. I’ve always loved writing and I felt that I had some funny thoughts to share with the world. Poutine and Prada has evolved a lot since then and now I like to share my thoughts on my favourite, and not so favourite, beauty products, my journey to a slower and more sustainable closet, and some random musings on life in general!

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