Get back into routine for Autumn

The kids are back at school, the nights are drawing in, and the heat wave is well and truly over.

The transition from summer to autumn can be bittersweet — you've had a summer full of fun, yet you know winter is just around the corner and the thought of cold winds, jackets, hats and scarves make you feel just that bit grey.

Don't panic, just making a few simple tweaks to your routine will help you feel relaxed and ready to take on the colder months ahead.

 

Plan a few “catch-up” days

As soon as the holidays are over often we feel the need to head straight back into work and stress mode, but it’s worth planning a day or two of transition time to help you catch up with yourself.

Whether that means getting over jet lag or sorting that pile of washing that's been lying around for weeks, it will also make that big “to-do” list in your head a little less daunting.

 
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Get Social!

During the summer we tend to spend a huge amount of our time socialising, which is great, but that tends to be with people we don't see often, such as long-distance relatives and friends.

Getting back into a routine of meeting up with local friends, family, and social groups such as weekly yoga or Pilates class is a great way to help kick-start a more social normality again.

 
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Exercise and health check

There's nothing wrong with going a little off-track when it comes to holidays, which we're all guilty of.

However, it’s important to get back into a healthy routine as soon as possible as it helps adjust back to normality more quickly.

This doesn’t have to mean an intense 2-hour gym session every day — we know how tricky it can be to fit these things in and, let's face it, the thought of having to go to the gym on a cold drizzly morning after 6 weeks of sunshine doesn’t sound all that pleasant! Daily dog walks or a gentle jog on Dartmoor can be just as beneficial, especially when you get a routine going.

Getting back on track by taking daily vitamins and supplements will also help yourself and your families body to adjust and help build up the immune system ready to fight those dreaded winter colds.

 
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Refresh the house

With family holidays and long weekends away from home, the house becomes unused which can make the atmosphere feel a little stale. With the kids back to school, this is the perfect opportunity to give the house a bit of autumnal attention.

Incorporating flowers into your home is one of the easiest ways to transition into any season. Flowers such as Dahlias and Chrysanthemums are the perfect Autumnal flowers and will look perfect on any coffee table or mantelpiece.

 
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Get the right amount of sleep

Finally, this might seem like an obvious one, but it's super important to allow yourself a good amount of sleep every night to help regulate your pattern.

Not only will it provide you with higher amounts of energy, but a much calmer mindset too. We are all guilty of checking emails and social media whilst tucked up in bed, and it can leave us feeling worried more often than you might realise, making it harder to fall asleep. Disconnecting from technology one hour before bedtime allows our mind to start relaxing a lot more quickly.

So why not try swapping the phone for a good old book — we are currently loving Sarah Knight’s “You do You” book and a cup of Devonshire Tea Delightful Afternoon.

 

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Richard Heath