Autumn is well and truly here, the weather has turned, the leaves are all falling, the nights are drawing in - and with the clock change this weekend, it will feel even more like summer is long behind us.
For many of us, this time of year is difficult. We miss the long, warm days of summer and find it hard to adjust, feeling lethargic and listless. The darker evenings may bring out the worst in us, and for many they can really have a strong impact on our mood and outlook.
To help you beat these seasonal blues, here are 5 self-care tips to to give you hope for the longer, darker evenings.
Create your own light
Autumn and Winter are candle season! It might be dark outside before you even finish work, but you can bring your own light indoors. Fairy lights, lamps and candles add light and cosyness to your home. You may also wish to use a SAD lamp which can do wonders for helping boost your mood and energy levels during the darker months.
Why not try our Yule Spice Soy Candle - A warm, festive scent with rich, spicy notes and a hint of citrus.
Soak up some daylight
It can be hard to even see the sun - for many of us, we go to work in the dark and get home in the dark over the winter months. Even as little as 15 minutes a day can help. Breathe in the air, stomp in some leaves, soak up a little Vitamin D. It can have a big impact on your mood and wellbeing.
Take a walk on your lunch break to benefit from some daylight.
Soak in a bath
When the weather outside is cold, climbing into a lovely warm aromatherapy bath, is just what you need. It’s time for you, time that you can’t do anything else and it pushes you to leave the world outside and unwind. Plus the therapeutic properties of essential oils can help you boost your energy levels, reduce stress and soothe aching muscles.
Use our Recharge Himalayan Bath Salts to revive your body and mind.
The changing of the seasons can see us feeling less optimistic. Practicing gratitude is a fantastic way to boost your emotional wellbeing and remind yourself to appreciate the things that you have.
Write three things down each day that you are grateful for.
Eat your vitamins
Cold weather makes us crave comfort food. It's easy to fill ourselves full of carbs and sugar, but making sure that you still are eating a variety of fruit and veg to keep your body full of vitamins.
Choose seasonal veg, and lots of greens! Veg stews are the perfect vitamin-filled comfort food.