‘As we say farewell to the long summer days and beach parties, it’s time to cocoon and get ready for autumn leaves, apple pies and pumpkin spice flavours. But why autumn feels like a sad season to so many among us? Our lifestyle contributor, Joanne, discusses about the autumn blues and how to beat them!’
Autumn in Scotland is one of the most beautiful seasons! Green leaves turn burgundy, the air gets crispier and it’s impossible to get out of the house without a thick scarf around your shoulders at nights. It’s the time for apple ciders, gatherings and Gilmore Girls! While we are still thinking of the past summer holidays and are feeling excited in the thought of Christmas ahead of us, this transitioning season can be moody for many people. But why is this happening? Why do we get the autumn blues?
For many people autumn translates to the start of the new academic term. We relive the excitement we experienced the first day at school, we buy journals that we will rarely use, we drink tonnes of hot cocoa using our Mother’s recipe and we try to revive our childhood in any possible way.
This can be bad and good at the same time. It can give us warm, fuzzy feelings but it can also leave us nostalgic and sad-a sort of internal sober for the years that have passed and reflection of reality. People miss the blue sky, the fresh, aromatic flowers and the trips overseas. But autumn can be so much more than this! It can be a season of starts, the arrival of new sensations-mist, crisp air, bonfire smoke, juniper berries, frost and roasted chestnuts!
So, if you are experiencing the autumn blues, here are my tips to beat them:
- Eat comfort food and have no regrets. With the summer well behind us, this is the time to indulge in chocolate covered marshmallows and butter biscuits without having any regrets. Cold weather=carbs=happiness!
- Wear autumnal colours. Orange, brown, burgundy, red, mustard, grey, there are so many beautiful colours to match the season and the trade of shorts to plaid skirts and leggings is exciting in itself, don’t you think?
- Enroll in a fitness class and take up a new hobby. I’ve always wanted to try ballet. The dancers lean physique and gentle way of moving have always fascinated me. So this year I registered myself in a dance school and I started with the basics, position 1,2,3! At first, it felt terrifying, ‘what am I doing here?‘ is what went through my head on multiple occasions. But I looked around and saw confusing faces like mine, I saw women who dreamed of taking up ballet classes but always felt it was too late for them to do it, and then I saw that we were all feeling and thinking the same which brought an instant feeling of unity to my heart. Now, I have a group of new girlfriends that we enjoy brunches every Sunday and autumn seems like a great time for this new chapter in my life!
- Go out as much as possible. You have probably smashed yourself this summer with hiking trips and weekend lake swims, but an autumn walk in the woods is an unmissable whole new experience. Take your camera with you and snap as many orange leaves as you like. The best kind of therapy.
- Try new recipes. With so much new produce -apples, berries, walnuts, pumpkins and so on-around us, this is the best time to try new recipes and experiment a bit more in the kitchen. Invite your friends for dinner and have a classic French onion soup for starter, roast partridge with pancetta and braised cabbage for main and some gingerbread for dessert.
Do you experience the autumn blues or do you feel autumn is the best season of the year? I’d love to hear your thoughts!