We have been dealing with COVID-19 for at least seven months now. It has been challenging in many ways and it is easy to fall into a slump. On top of this, with the amount of daylight getting shorter each day, it is common to feel unmotivated or as if you are senselessly following the same routine every day.
Now is the time to be kind to oneself and take loving care. Adding things to look forward to into your schedule, taking a break, and allowing yourself to indulge is important. We have compiled a list of 8 exciting ideas to spice up your Fall, as well as take care of your mental health during these strange times.
1. Game Nights
Start a new tradition with your family: Game nights! Maybe every Friday you play a different board game, cards, or do trivia. My personal favorites are Uno, Monopoly, and Jenga. You can buy games from Amazon or at Target. This is another great way to spend quality time with your family and can be so much fun (especially if you are all competitive!)
Head on over to a pumpkin patch one weekend and pick out your perfect pumpkin. There are lots of farms still open this year with social distancing practices in place. After you get home, it is time to carve! Pinterest has some great pumpkin carving ideas for you to recreate, or you can do your own. Make sure to save your pumpkin seeds, as they can be roasted and enjoyed later! Pinterest also has great recipes for this.
3. Watch the Sunrise
Although this one requires waking up a little earlier, watching the sunrise on a crisp autumn morning is a must-do! Enjoy your cup of hot coffee and wake up to some beautiful colored skies. You can cozy up on your porch or backyard, or drive down to a nice sunrise spot near you. Personally, one of my favorite places to watch the sunrise is by the beach. Additionally, starting your day early with a relaxed morning sets you up for a productive day ahead.
As the nights get chillier, grab some blankets and cozy around a campfire with Tuck-ins. Tuck-ins are Inside Out S’mores, already assembled on sticks. Unlike traditional s’mores, they will save you time and mess. Tuck-ins are available in various flavors: Classic, Cookies & Cream, Peanut Butter Cup, and Pumpkin Spice. A campfire is also a great spot for conversation and quality time with loved ones. Making time for family and friends is especially important right now, as it allows us to feel closer during these strange times, and, adding a delicious treat only makes things better! You can order them here and use code SMORE15 for 15% off.
5. A Nature Hike
A beautiful, Fall hike could be the perfect way to disconnect and spend some time in nature. With the leaves changing into colorful reds and golds, you will be sure to see some scenic views on your adventure! If you do not have any trails close by, going down to a nearby park could be a similar way to get some fresh air. Since we have all been spending so much time at home, it is nice to get out of the house for a little bit. An added benefit – you are also getting those steps in!
Cooking a new meal or baking a new dessert recipe is a great way to spice up your daily routine (literally). Especially now, since we spend a lot of time indoors, one place we can get creative is the kitchen. Fall comes with an abundance of warm, delicious flavors – maple, cinnamon, hazelnut, and many more! There are plenty of exciting new recipes on Pinterest, so why not try something different? We also have a vegan dessert series you can check out on our blog with new Fall recipes every Friday.
7. Start a New Book and/or TV Series
If you are a reader, a new book could be an excellent addition to your weekly routine. You can find numerous book lists and recommendations online, specific to what you are looking for. Not really big on books? Start a new TV show! Ever since the pandemic, Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus have been releasing plenty of new content. A couple episodes of your favorite show are a great way to relax after a busy day and give you something to look forward to.
Have extended family or friends that you have not been able to see due to the pandemic? Start a new tradition over Zoom: Happy Hour! Every other week, join to catch up and have a drink together. Additionally, you can add themes and games to make things more exciting and fun – even if it is over Zoom!