autumn activities (& an apple cider recipe)
happiest mabon my friends!
For many folks, myself included, we are coming up on our favourite time of year. Personally, I look forward to autumn & winter all year round, and so when it arrived I am all too ready to dive into the magic! But I realize that this is not a universal experience - in fact for a large number of people, the arrival of the autumn equinox carries a heaviness and loneliness with it.
So let me preface this by saying, if you feel like the shorter days and darker skies make you sad and anxious - you are absolutely not alone. These feelings are totally real and valid, and tapping into the magic of the season is not going to instantly make you feel less bummed out. Instead, try to consider the beauty in reframing this dark time of the year as a reason to cozy up, commit to your comfort and well being, and do some introspection. It also helps me to create a list of things to do during the season to celebrate and fully be present.
A slow lived autumn day is truly what dreams are made of. If you struggle to find inspiration for autumnal activities, look no further. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is what I'll be doing this season and I hope some of these activities resonate with you.
- watch the leaves turn. pick a tree in your neighbourhood to check in on every few days, watching as the leaves slowly change to warmer colours.
- eat seasonally. our bodies love to be in tune with the seasons, and so we should make an effort (where possible) to nourish ourselves with the natural foods that come into season during this time. Hearty potatoes, squash, apples and pears will all make a beautiful addition to your meals.
- re-read an old favourite. times are unpredictable right now, and there is certainly a comfort in reading a book that you already know the ending to.
- create a cozy corner. lay down some blankets and pillows and snuggle up. light a candle. turn off your phone. just be.
- adopt some pumpkins and gourds. we often forget the beauty of what autumn offers. I think we should buy pumpkins for our home just as we would buy flowers for our homes in the spring time.
- go apple picking. this might not be possible where you live, so look into alternatives such as farmers markets, independent farm stands, and other fruits and vegetables that are local to you.
-take a nature walk. bundle up to keep warm as you traipse through a wooded trail or mountain path. pay attention to what you see.
-come home from your chilly walk and get to work making a warm spiced beverage (hint hint, I'm partial to apple cider... recipe below).
- go to bed feeling fulfilled. reach out to friends and tell them how much you love to know them. notice the way the rain fogs up your bedroom window. cuddle in. repeat.
Easy & Pretty Much Foolproof Apple Cider
- 3 red apples
- 3 green apples
- 1-2 oranges (depending on how tart you want it!)
- 4-5 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon of cloves
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- any sweetener you like! (I usually don't add any, but have heard that maple syrup is great!)
- place all the ingredients in a large pot, adding enough water to cover them.
- let simmer for 4-5 hours. once simmering is done, mash the apples and oranges to release the final flavours!
- strain through a sieve or cheesecloth, and enjoy!
wishing you warm and joyful days,