Nights are getting longer and temperatures start dropping. We’re not yet at the freezing cold of Winter, but the exhausting heat of Summer is also gone.
Personally, Autumn is my favourite season of the year, especially the time just following the Autumn Equinox when the sun is still shining but the days become crispy and fresh.
Blink and they’re gone. Cherry season is short, very short, so make sure to make the most of them while they’re around.
And if it’s not those 2 blessed weeks of summer when you can pick your cherries ripe off the tree, you can always buy frozen or tinned.
Holidays, sun, beach. Summer is a favourite of kids worldwide, and usually a fun time for everyone (except those who have to commute in crowded trains and work in hot places!).
Summer usually revitalises the kitchen by bringing in a variety of colours and flavours that are very much needed after the Winter months and the hungry gap of Spring.
If you scroll through my posts, you’ll see that I enjoy art. I am not an artist by any means. I’m actually not great at it. But that doesn’t matter.
We’ve been taught to see art as a finished project, when the reality is much more complex than that.
Art is all about the process. And that makes art an incredible tool when it comes to mental health.
Flowers, cool breeze, butterflies, more flowers, and for the unlucky: seasonal allergies! Spring is here and that means food is changing. Gone are the heavy stews that kept us warm through winter and fresh salads start to slowly creep in.
Even though the thought of Spring usually brings to mind fields of flowers and green shoots, the amount of fruit and vegetables available is not a lot. Flowers haven’t yet turned to fruit and most of those green shoots are not yet ready to be picked, but there are some interesting things around.
Modern life can be extremely stressful, and it’s easy to find yourself lost in everything that’s going on.
That’s why being organised is important. But I’m not talking about storage boxes and labels. Organisation starts with yourself, you first need to have an organised mind before you can lead an organised life.
Self-care is incredibly important. You can’t do anything properly if you are not in a good state of mind and have a healthy body. However, not everyone’s self-care routines look the same. What works for someone else might not work for you.
This list is just a way to get you started with some ideas. Remember, some might be great for you, and some might not work.
Living through the seasons is what all our ancestors used to do. Depending on the weather, the food available would change and their activities would change as well. With most people living in cities and having a somewhat stable routine throughout the year, following the seasons is not common anymore, other than changing your wardrobe and turning on or off your heating and cooling systems. But, there are benefits to following the seasonal changes as they come even if you live a traditional 21st century lifestyle.
I live in the South of the UK where we have 4 very distinct seasons. When I talk about summer, autumn, winter and spring, I am mostly referring to those as they exist here. But that doesn’t mean that what I am writing about here can’t be applied to other places with hotter or warmer weather, as long as you adapt things to your particular climate and the specific rhythms that come from it.
Slow living is a lifestyle that focuses on slowing down. Not in the sense of speed, but in the sense of taking your time to do things instead of rushing around.
The slow living movement has been growing for a while, but the COVID-19 pandemic meant that many people were suddenly forced to reassess their lives and figure out new ways of doing things, what really matters to them, and many ended up discovering alternative ways of living. If you are one of those people: welcome!