It’s 23rd October and I can safely say that it’s only now I’m starting to get over the shock of Autumn. It seemed to creep up so slowly at first – I wore sandals right up to the bitter (cold) end of summer – but once it arrived: POW! In your face like a ton of bronze-coloured leaves. Pretty, but cold. And soon to be dark.
I found it hard, I always find it hard. The changing of Summer to Autumn for me brings lethargy, apathy, it kills my motivation. I was writing the same back in 2012 and I expect my change of season funk will persist in years to come.
But this time I wanted to see if I could make the most of the bad feelings. I wondered what might make me feel better and then, rather than moping around feeling useless, I did something about the way I felt. And so I thought I’d share my seasonal fixes with you here in the hope it might help someone else, too.
Treat Yo’ Self
So choosing a fairly drastic haircut might not have been the best idea when I was feeling this emotional (oops) – there were tears. But the process of spending a lovely 3 hours at the hairdressers improved my mood like nothing else ever does and now two weeks into my slightly shorter hair I’m almost liking it. Add in a manicure and an eyebrow threading appointment and you will feel like a new woman ready to tackle the drizzle of Autumn (as long as it’s not drizzling on your new fringe). For this reason I always have a love affair with lipstick come autumn. It’s silly but it totally brightens up my school run.
October is International Walk To School Month, did you know that? Slightly tricky for us as we live 6 miles away from our school but we’ve been using this as an excuse to park the car at my parent’s house and take a swift stomp up the hill to school. We were sent these brilliant jackets from Hi-Gear which has been revolutionary as I’m firmly in the ‘owns only fashion jackets’ category. My All Saints biker jacket might look good in February but you can guarantee I am shivering and blue underneath it. These reversible jackets are brilliant – they’re feather light and fold up into a tiny pocket yet are toasty warm which is great as we throw them on quickly to head out for fresh air! I always return to my day feeling energized after a kick around in the leaves – I guess Autumn is not so bad for that after all?
Hux is wearing the Hi-Gear Boy’s Transformer Insulated Jacket at £25 (with discount card), Elfie has the Hi-Gear Girl’s Transformer Insulated Jacket at £25 and I am wearing the Hi-Gear Packlite Women’s Down Jacket at £65.
Treat Yo’ Self part II
You know what? Mums work bloody hard year-round, whether you’re work at home, stay at home, work elsewhere… it’s an emotionally draining 24/7 job. You know you need a break when you are viewing your bi-monthly bikini wax as a relaxing ‘me time’ so I say: TIME OUT. Last week I took a couple of self-nominated Duvet Days to sit on the sofa under a blanket, nap, eat toast and enjoy Netflix and you know what? I needed it. I soon craved the normality of my busy routine but that little rest where I thought about nobody but me was invaluable.
When I feel sluggish and unmotivated the one thing to get me going is always exercise. This is also the hardest thing to initiate because actually moving your bum all the way to the gym when you feel like a sloth can be impossible. So I’ve tailored my approach for the season: stepped up the Yoga (is it really exercise if you have a 10 minute nap at the end?), dialled down the squats and weights and indulged in a bit more swimming. I’m the worst person in the world for putting off exercise when I’m too busy with work but really, when I do it I’m a million times more productive afterwards.
Like, duh. But it’s even more important now to drink your coffee WITH people. Again, I’m the worst for getting too bogged down with my work life and neglecting coffee dates with my friends but seeing them and having a gossip about our lives makes me feel 110% happier and more productive. I’ve been on two coffee dates this week and I feel so very energised because of it.
So there are my seasonal fixes – what are yours?
Thank you Hi-Gear for kitting us out in these brilliant jackets! You can get yours from Go Outdoors, starting at £25.