Mindfulness: Falling for fall?

Summer has always been my favourite season, and so when Autumn arrives it can be easy to feel despondent. Whilst social media gets excited for crisp leaves, warm jumpers and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but I often struggle slightly- I think that’s the thing with the British Summer- blink and you’ll miss it.  That’s why it can often be quite startling when Autumn comes around.

That being said, the colder months are generally much better for me than they used to be, and I think that has a lot to do with running all year-round. Spending more time in nature, getting that endorphin fix, and trying to run during the limited daylight hours- without any of this, I’d be lost. So whilst I’m not overly excited about the end of Summer, things are looking up. And here are the things I’m looking forward to:

 

  • Blanket scarves. These are basically a socially-acceptable blanket that you’ll always have to hand during the winter months. I can even get away with wrapping myself up in mine when I’m at the office.

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  • Chai tea. I feel about chai tea the way many people feel about the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I’m in love with it. Cannot get enough. I love super sweet chai tea when you’re stuck inside on a super grey and rainy day. Preferably wrapped in a big blanket scarf.

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  • Bonfire Night! This is my favourite “holiday” of the year. We Brits snuggle up, watch fireworks and build huge bonfires, in commemoration of the Gunpowder Plot- an attack on the Houses of Parliament that was foiled at the last minute. It’s such a community event, and I absolutely adore it.

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  • Crisp mornings. Whilst Autumn/Winter in the UK is generally grey and foggy, every once in a while we get a gorgeous crisp sunny morning. These are the best to be out running in.

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So there you have it. I’m not 100% on board for the colder months, but I’m a damn sight more positive than I would have been this time two years ago!

 

What’s your favourite thing about the colder months? Please, give me tips on how to survive!

Lots of love,

 

Pippa

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4 thoughts on “Mindfulness: Falling for fall?

  1. I love fall! Of course, the summers in Utah are a little different than the summers in Britain, so I’m usually ready for summer to be over once fall comes along.

    My favorite thing about fall is probably the colors. My city is literally nestled right up against some gorgeous mountains, and there are some brilliant oranges and reds up there during the fall. And, actually, the mountains are probably my favorite thing about the winter, too. On clear days, looking up and seeing the mountains covered in snow… so pretty!

    Anyway, my tip for surviving the colder months is to get outside at lunch, if your work schedule allows it. It’s so rough arriving at work in the dark and then leaving in the dark. It helps my mood a lot if I get out and exercise in the sunshine a few times during the week.

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  2. It’s the opposite in the US: fall is the season that is over in the blink of an eye here. Some years we only really get a few weeks of legitimate fall weather before dreary winter sets in. I think that’s why the “fall craze” is so strong here, because it truly is fleeting and if you don’t make the most of it right away it will be gone before you knew what hit you. Summer drags on forever here and gets longer every year, so I am more than happy to say goodbye to it each year.

    Get lots of vitamin D. I actually take Vitamin D supplements in the winter because I often get symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. As someone who used to absolutely hate winter but is now coming around to it, the best thing for me is to have some structure to my days and something to look forward to – a vacation, or a race to train for, or an ongoing project to take my mind off the dreariness and cabin fever.

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    1. Yeah I’m the same, I get down during the winter months, so getting some sunshine has actually become a crucial part of my routine- I try to do it consciously. Sometimes that means escaping the office in the middle of the day for a walk around the block, and sometimes it means drinking my morning coffee on the rooftop when there’s a wee bit of sunshine peeking through the clouds! Hopefully I’ll be going to Lanzarote in December, which should be lovely and sunny if not still a little bit cold!

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