My relationship with autumn is a complicated one. I love it and I hate it. I love coziness, cups of tea, how beautiful the world looks, candles, snuggling on the couch and reading a book while hearing the rain patter on the window. On the other hand, when the leaves start to fall down, my mood often quickly follows in that direction. I suffer from Winter Blues big time. Can you relate? Here’s how I try to fight off the Blues!
1. A Daylight lamp
My parents got me one last year (I think they were trying to send a message haha) and it really helps. Winter Blues is often the result of getting too little sunlight and a lack of vitamin D. Sitting in front of this lamp for just 20-30 minutes a day helps to fight the negative feelings away. I currently use a Beurer TL50 and am very happy with the results. I started using it last year and I got noticeably less depressed/down than I usually do in autumn/winter.
I love candles. They make everything more cozy and romantic in a heartbeat. A few of my current favorites are from Woodwick, Primark, H&M Home and Ikea. I love to put out the lights, light some candles and have dinner or read a book in autumn. It’s just the perfect season for it. The knackering sound (Woodwick) and the gorgeous smells just make me so happy. It’s really something I look forward to when I think about autumn.
3. Flavored Coffees
Gingerbread anyone? Cinnamon? Caramel? Pumpkin spice? I could go on forever because I love them all. In the summer I prefer my coffees with just a little milk, but in the autumn and the winter, I go all out: my coffee can’t be special enough. Make me a good latte and you’ll have my heart forever (or at least for a day or so). I’d love to know your favorite flavors!
4. Good books & good movies
These are my main sources of entertainment in this rainy season. Living in the Netherlands autumn basically means it rains pretty much non-stop. I prefer to stay inside and cozy up. Blankets, cute pillows, coffee/tea and a bunch of nice books to read and entertaining movies to watch.
A few of my favorite books: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, Hygge by Meik Wiking (read my post on Hygge here), The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss and Tribes by Seth Godin.
A few of my favorite movies: Arrival, Into the Wild, Beauty and the Beast, Avatar, Troy, Letters to Juliet.
Best movies for a (nerdy) marathon: Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, Harry Potter, the Hunger Games and of course Star Wars (don’t forget about Rogue One).
5. Good company
I love hosting parties or small gatherings. I really enjoy cooking for people and I love coming up with creative plans to keep guests entertained. Even though I need a lot of alone time (usually to work on projects and to just gather my thoughts), I really like it when people come over. I think I’m going to make it a personal goal to invite people more often, because as I am writing this, I realize that’s something that’s really important to me. 🙂 So, this fall I will focus on seeing the people I love more.
What are your autumn essentials? How do you fight the Winter Blues? I’d love to know!
With much love,