- Boost your immune system
I always associate the colder months with getting ill. I’ve always been someone who has been prone to regular colds and chest infections, which are certainly not much fun. No matter how many vitamins I consume, my immune system always seems to let me down when I get too tired. Unfortunately I’m someone who is always busy (and to be honest, that’s the way I like it), but when I overwork myself, I get run down and always find myself getting ill. To make sure my immune system is in check, I prioritise which meetings and events I want to go to so I don’t become inundated, ensure I’m eating properly and well, and go to bed as early as possible!
2. Don’t lock yourself in!
Whilst it’s important not to overload yourself, it’s also vital not to hide away from the world or you may become a little low. Whilst it may be a little frosty outside, there are plenty of things to do during the Autumn. So, whether it’s a big day out or a low key countryside walk, stay social and meet up with friends.
3. Stock up on your favourite herbal teas
Admittedly, I drink herbal teas all year around, but I definitely increase my intake when it gets colder. In fact, I’m someone who is ALWAYS cold, so hot drinks are a must.
4. Start Christmas shopping
Whilst Christmas is not yet upon us, you’ll thank me later if you start your shopping (or at least planning) now. Christmas can be a hugely stressful and expensive time, so it’s great to stagger your shopping so you can manage the cost and the stress of finding the perfect presents more easily!
5. Stay stylish with the help of Pinterest
Winter fashion is something I’m less keen on than Spring and Summer. Whilst I love wearing oversized jumpers, I end up wearing the same sort of thing over and over again and getting bored of cosy yet fairly frumpy outfits. Pinterest is the perfect platform to fix all your Autumn/Winter style woes. Believe me, I’ve lost hours lusting over incredible colour schemes and outfit combinations I would never have otherwise thought of.
6. Embrace the berry colours
Berry colours are everywhere throughout Autumn and Winter, so you may as well embrace it. Berry nails (flattering on all skin tones, I’m pretty sure), deep red lipsticks (perfect for making your teeth look whiter than they actually are and burgundy accessories to pull your outfit together.
7. Find a new series
With dark evenings, I think it’s the best time of the year to find a new boxset or TV series to watch with a friend, partner or cat. Whilst the rest of the world is watching the latest releases, my boyfriend is making me watch the ‘classics’. I’m often mocked because I’m someone who really doesn’t watch much TV or many films, and I can’t even remember the last time I went to the cinema. As my boyfriend works in the industry, however, I feel I need to make a bit of an effort – and he’s decided to educate me on various films and programmes I have missed out on. After a fair few key movies, we’re now making our way through Only Fools and Horses. It’s lovely to have something to watch under a blanket, with the fire on with a large cup of tea (or glass of wine) in hand.
8. Host a girly night in
I recently hosted a girly night in for the first time in ages – I invited two of my friends over for a pyjama and wine evening and it was so, so lovely. Whilst it can be so exciting going on big nights out or crazy adventures in the day, there’s nothing I love more than a cosy night in with close friends. Spend quality time with your favourite people and you can stay warm and cosy, whilst saving money and having fun.
9. Treat yourself to a new coat
I’m pretty fond of coats. In fact, I don’t even want to admit how many I own. But when you’re someone who is always cold, who lives in a cold country, it’s not a bad obsession to have. At least it’s more practical than my heel obsession. Believe me, braving the cold is so much more appealing when you’ve got a brand new coat to wear (and show off), so it could be argued that treating yourself to a lovely new coat could help your social life too. Okay, that may be taking it a little too far, but coat shopping is one of my favourite things about Autumn. This little number is French Connection from John Lewis (who also have the BEST Christmas stock, if you are planning to treat yourself!)
10. Write a rainy day list
I’m not sure where you are in the world right now, but here in England, we’re prone to a number of rainy days. Whilst some find the sound of rain relaxing, I find that it makes me feel somewhat miserable and uninspired. If you feel the same, it can be a good idea to have a pre-prepared bucket list of things to do on such days.
How do you survive the colder, Autumn months?