Comfort | 5 Comforting Rituals to Practice in Autumn
Autumn is my favorite time of year. Like the trees that are shedding their layers from the previous season, it signifies an opportunity to reset, recharge and rejuvenate after the busyness of the summer months.
If I had one physical feeling to explain how I feel about autumn, it would be comforting (as I write this I’m cozied up in a big blanket on the couch with a cup of tea). Living in Vancouver where we’re lucky to have a really long fall (think: beautifully changing colors for weeks and weeks) there’s nothing I love more than laying bed on a Sunday morning, seeing the late morning sunshine creep through my blinds, and pulling up the covers to lay in bed without a set time to start the day; soaking it all in.
Fun fact: From October to late November, I refuse to set an alarm on Sunday’s, and I’m never in a rush to get out of bed. This has become one of my comforting rituals which I practice to help focus on my well-being over the autumn months.
A couple of years ago, I suffered from burnout after a busy summer and refused to listen to my body leading into autumn and into the holidays. I was perpetually sick and tired for what felt like months and realized that I needed to listen to my body and give it the TLC it needed after long periods of busyness, where I didn’t have much time to spend on myself (especially, and selfishly, on my own agenda). I knew I had more time to focus on myself in the autumn months where things were slower and decided to create small, comforting rituals for myself to help me feel rejuvenated and restored.
The best part is that the rituals I’ve created aren’t even huge gestures but, regardless, have still made a huge difference in positively affecting my physical and mental state (last year was the first time I didn’t get sick going into the holidays).
Take a peek at the top five comforting rituals I practice over autumn below:
Take a walk outside at least twice a week; observe the change of seasons and how it makes your surroundings look and feel
Sleep in late on Sunday. Forget about setting your alarm. Dedicate the morning yourself. Move slow, and on your own agenda
Make comfort food throughout the week that nourishes you (think: all the stews and soups)
Unplug from your electronics in the evenings and snuggle up on the couch with a good book instead
Fall back into a regular, weekly fitness regime that supports your schedule and what your body needs and craves (yoga, yoga, yoga!)
Easy, right? Take a stab at creating your own (I promise, your future self will thank you!)
-Kailey Buchanan, mndsight communications expert