The sunshine, road trips, barefoot beach-life, straw hats, unforgettable sunsets, droves of coconut water and freshly sliced watermelon—summer is the only season that seems to constantly elude us. As soon as we finally get into our groove, it’s time to look ahead and get back on track for the fall. But, the end of summer doesn’t have to bring about sadness. You can bottle up some endless summer-type energy to carry you through the fall season, so get excited!
We chatted with experts on nutrition and wellness to find out which activities are best to ward off the post-summer blues. Keep reading to find out every possible way to stay happy.
Summer may be over, but get excited for fall because pumpkins are coming! Loaded with fiber and beta-carotene, pumpkins are not only good for you (and fun to carve), but they’re delicious, too. “You can have fun carving pumpkins and creating healthy pumpkin dishes, like pumpkin soup, pumpkin wellness lattes, and pumpkin chia seed puddings,” Jennie Miremadi, MS, an integrative clinical nutritionist, suggests. “And, don’t forget to save the seeds. Full of protein, healthy fat, fiber, and magnesium, pumpkin seeds make a great, nutrient-rich snack that can help satiate you throughout the day.”
With the onset of autumn, we (arguably) get the best of what Mother Nature has to offer. Welcome the change in season with a festive gathering of friends and host a brunch or dinner party. “Whether you prep the food yourself, or have a potluck-style experience, coming together to share in food and fun is sure to lift your spirits,” explains Latham Thomas, a celebrity wellness and lifestyle expert.
Summertime is characterized by whimsy and wanderlust. So, when we get back to our routines it’s helpful to engage in rituals that help us settle more easily. “Going to bed around the same time daily and rising up at the same time helps to modulate our mood and ensure we are well-rested,” Thomas says. “Establishing a self-reflective practice like meditation—and creating a space in your home to practice—is important. Meditation helps to improve the mood and increase a sense of overall wellbeing. Take a hot aromatic bath and make time to journal to help ease the transition and help keep you feeling radiant into the fall.”
The most exciting thing about the season change? You can finally wear all those fall trends you’ve been dreaming about. Experiment with a slick-back or moody lip colors to match your scarves and leathers. “Fall ushers in a diverse color palate and versatile textiles. Get inspired to get dressed and express yourself through an updated look,” Thomas recommends. “Take your sweaters out of storage, dry clean your coats, and dust off your booties—shop for accent and statement pieces that get you excited.”
Tune all the white noise out of your life for one day—perhaps a lazy Sunday. If the thought gives you a panic attack, then try half-day. Thomas adds, “Phone-fasting includes iPads, computers, video games, etc. Take that time to tune inward, be with yourself, with family, go for a run, spend time doing what you love with who you love, and take time to appreciate the precious moment that is the present.”
Getting back into your fall routine doesn’t mean you have to spend all of your time inside. Thomas says, “Spend as much time outdoors as possible. Whether you walk to work in the morning or go for a weekend hike, spending time outdoors ensures you absorb a healthy amount of vitamin D, which can ward off depression.”
Miremadi says, “With summer weather behind us, this is the perfect opportunity to check out that new aerial yoga or spin class that you’ve been dying to try.”
What are your favorite fall wellness activities? Let us know in the comments below!