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20.09.2019- Top Autumn Hacks

There’s no escaping the sense of change and shift which this time of the year brings with it, whether you’re in full back-to-school/college/university mode or are back at work with the long stretch until Christmas looming. Whilst there are some things which I adore about autumn (including but not limited to: the return of Strictly, glorious sunsets and the excuse to embrace some serious hygge vibes), there’s always a little sense of uncertainty about facing the slog towards winter, coupled with the almost inevitable sadder-than-usual feeling which is synonymous with the end of the summer and shorter days. As a self- confessed creature of habit, I’m the first to admit that I hate change - but over the last few years I’ve come up with a few tricks to make this time of the year as anxiety-free as possible: 

Pace yourself
This sounds slightly counter-intuitive, but over the last few years I’ve really come to appreciate how important it is to pace myself as winter approaches, making the most of time to rest and recuperate when it arises- something which is particularly important for fending off colds and the like. The darker days and chillier weather are also synonymous with wanting to hunker down and hibernate, so take a cue from Mother Nature and do just that, conserving your energy for busier periods so you don’t reach burnout. 

It pays to be organised
If you, like me, tend to get slightly panicked at the prospect of a sudden change in weather, then forward planning is your friend! Over the last few weeks, I’ve been digging out all of my staple jumpers ready for the months ahead, and have also lugged my coats along to the dry cleaners to make sure they are ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice. Not only a great way to get ahead of the game, but definitely a savvy strategy to stay any potential impulse purchases. 

Make time to do nothing
Similarly to point one, at this time of the year I think it’s really important to allow yourself time to do nothing. Well, not nothing nothing, but factoring in time to relax, watch that box set you’ve been meaning to get around to or read that book which has been staring at you from your shelf for weeks is just as important as ticking things off of your to-do list. I’m always much more of a hermit as winter approaches, and the thought of Saturday nights in front of Strictly from now until Christmas is bliss! 

Plan your 2020 trips
Again, another really important strategy to get through the next few months- forward planning! I’m heading off to Dubrovnik in the next couple of weeks, and can’t tell you how much of a difference it’s made to my mindset knowing that the slide towards winter will be broken up my some sunshine and the chance to explore somewhere completely new. If you’re in prime forward-planning mode, then it’s always well worth thinking about how to make the most of your annual leave allowance for the year ahead (capitalising on those Bank Holidays!), and also getting trips booked in to a) give you something to look forward to and b) make your pennies stretch as far as they can. 

Don’t scrimp on self care
Whether it’s making time for a haircut (something I desperately need to do!), going for a run, treating yourself to some new skincare or booking in for a treatment, I’m a huge advocate of carving some time out to look after yourself- essential as the weather gets chillier and there’s an associated dip in everyone’s collective energy levels. Again, booking in a little treat here and there also give you something to look forward to week to week, and is super important to stave off (and combat) sensations of stress and feeling run down. 

What are your top autumn hacks? 

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