How To Embrace The Darker Fall Evenings

One of the only downfalls I can think of when it comes to autumn is the fact that the sun goes down a lot sooner every night. It can be a real bummer when it's dark by 5 p.m. and put a damper on your mood when you're used to the daylight lasting until at least 8 p.m. - especially when daylight savings takes place. But of course, there's really nothing we can do about it so we might as well embrace it the best we can. Time to make the most out of the daylight while it lasts and find entertainment and productivity indoors.

Get outdoors
If you're someone who goes to work early in the morning while it's still dark out and leave work later in the evening when it's already dark out, spend your lunch outside in the sunshine. Even if you can only take 5 or 10 minutes - it's better than nothing. Exposing yourself to the mid-day sun does so much good for your body. It can be a great mood booster and a sure way you to break you out of an afternoon slump. You don't want to go days without seeing sunlight only through a window. Get out and enjoy it!

Get creative in the kitchen
Since the sun goes down earlier, fall is a great time to focus more on making meals and spending time with your family. Try out new recipes you've had your eye on. During summertime, I think we get really busy and make lunch and dinner quick and easy or on the go. But once autumn rolls around, it gets colder out and our time spent inside grows. Turn on the stove and make something to warm you up!

Create an autumn night routine
Chances are, you're coming home in the evening from a long day at work. Maybe you aren't, but either way, fall is a great time to change up your evening routine for winding down. Bubble baths are great. Put on a pot of tea, light a few candles, grab a book, and run a hot bubble bath. Hygge much???

Pick up a new hobby or pastime
Challenge yourself and try to learn a new language. Work on a skill or craft. Take on a 30 day writing challenge. Declutter your home and clear up your space. Start building a capsule wardrobe. There are so many productive things you can do to either entertain you or work on your well-being.

My Favorite Fall Traditions

Pumpkin patches, apple picking, and sipping warm drinks by the fire in a favorite sweater are just a few of the many pleasures autumn has to offer. Fall is my favorite season, as you all probably know by now, and there are so many things that make it onto my "to-do" list once fall rolls around each year. Incase you're unsure how to get into the autumnal spirit this year (though highly doubtful), I've created a list of my favorite fall traditions.

Usually, the first thing we do once late September / early October hits is make a trip to the local apple orchard and pumpkin patch. This place is the best. There's the apple orchard, the pumpkin patch, and then an old barn fixed up into a mini "store" with locally made and grown autumnal goodies such as candles, artwork and décor, apple cider slushies, soap, and many other things. I try to limit myself to two fall candles each year because I know it's really easy to go overboard, so I usually buy one or two of the *cutest ever* pumpkin spiced candles in a pumpkin-shaped glass jars. This makes for a great start to the season.

I also love making mulled apple cider on the stove because tastes absolutely delicious and it makes the house smell amazing. Check out the recipe here. I'm really not too much a pumpkin spiced latte kind of person, but pumpkin spiced coffee and spiced chai teas, now those hit the spot. Speaking of coffee and spicy, warm tea, I also love getting out and traveling more during the autumn season to favorite coffee shops near and far because it's just so pretty out. And of course you can't forget the Halloween movies and shows: Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, The Munsters, Addams Family, Practical Magic, and anything Tim Burton. And while Harry Potter doesn't necessarily scream "Fall," it's the perfect time of year to have a HP marathon. But so is every other time of the year if we're being honest.

Once Halloween grows closer, I start incorporating the spookier traditions. I'm a big history buff and I find the paranormal really interesting so I love taking "haunted" guided tours around different cities. Whether the stories are true or just old folklore, it's fun and spooky nonetheless. This year, we have a really exciting trip planned for October. I can't wait to bring you guys along via YouTube channel. There are so many ways you can get into the autumnal spirit. What's your favorite?
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