3 Ways You Can Set Yourself Up for Success This Autumn 2020

As summer begins to fade away and the weather begins to cool, this time of year is our favourite. The evening’s begin a little earlier and the air gets a little cooler with each passing day. With autumn coming, there are so many endings and new beginnings, another summer ends as blossoming flowers slowly start to fade away while a brand new school year begins filled with so much promise. This year’s autumn is certainly unique compared to previous years, and there are still a few things you can do to ensure you have a prosperous time during the final few months of 2020. Let's make it count shall we!

1. Keep a good, clean diet

The days have begun to get shorter and the temperatures are already dropping, change is in the air. That's what makes this time of the year such a great time for renewal and fresh starts. A perfect place to start would be changing your health and diet habits because as autumn continues you will find that your mood and energy levels can quickly lower. You should be aware that it is during this season that you can catch cold and flu, something that will be even more troublesome that usual this year.

It is important to focus on your health and try and give your own immune system a boost through a good diet and exercise. In the autumn, due to our bodies' energies decreasing, we crave warmer foods for nutritional benefits. Luckily at this time of the year, you’ll easily be able to find foods that are nourishing for you, focus on eating seasonal foods such as sweet potatoes, pumpkins and other root vegetables as well as homemade meals such as soups and stews. Eating seasonally has many benefits, not just for you but for the environment as well. Buying food seasonally helps lower the massive carbon footprint which comes with out of season produce travelling all the way to the UK. This has the added benefit for you of making food taster fresher and much sweeter, ultimately giving you more nutritional benefits. You should also bear in mind that everyone is different and some individuals will have to focus more on certain nutritional groups that you will. What’s most important is that you find a balance of all the energy and nutritional requirements we have, eating seasonally will certainly help you to do that!

2. Exercise, exercise and exercise

As the air gets colder, I believe that the cooler temperatures make fall the perfect time to exercise outdoors. Even as nature slowly descends into the cold, this time of year is regarded as the most beautiful. Colours appear to be richer and more vibrant, the unique palette of golden yellows mixed with earthly tones of browns consumes the environment in a bright hue. You should fully experience the richness of this season by exercising in the local countryside. Even small things such as a small walk in the woods can give you a first hand glimpse at the beauty of our nature.

It is important during this time of year that you take precaution, you should monitor the weather as it can be volatile sometimes with the sun shining a little less and less each day, strong winds and rain can happen. Wear layers to keep warm if it’s a little cold outside but make sure that they are easily removable as soon as you start to feel your body heating up. You don’t want to be overheating yourself, that could potentially be very harmful and would no doubt ruin your workout. Perhaps the most important thing is to address any pain you feel while exercising, especially when you get past a certain age. Feeling the burn when exercising is the goal but the little aches and pains could lead to serious injuries down the line if they are properly addressed. So stretch and make sure you are properly hydrated before and during your exercises.

Exercises you could begin this year include yoga. Sign up to new classes and try it out, the autumn is the perfect time to begin learning. Yoga is easy to learn and just about anybody can do it, even absolute beginners. Yoga has many benefits such as stress relief that comes from the controlled breathing techniques. Yoga can also be done anywhere you want, all you need is a yoga mat and you are good to go. If yoga does not sound like your cup of tea, you could try something as simple as going for a run in the local park. This is particularly fun during this time of year, as exploring the scenery of the local parks enables you to enjoy the rich colours of autumn.

3. Stay up-to-date with changing trends

Even though you won’t be dressing for the office or to go out to your favourite bar and restaurants, there are still chances to dress to impress. But as the seasons change it is important that our wardrobe changes and adapts with it. There are certain colours and tones that suit certain seasons better than others, in the summer brighter colours and bright whites are more appropriate while in the winter blacks, greys and more muted colours and tones fit well with the aesthetic. The fall gives you the best of both worlds with what to wear. There is a wide range of colours to mix and match due to the ever changing weather around this season. There are always a few dominant colours for any season, such as greys and dark shades for the winter, in the autumn it’s mainly earth tones and colours that make a big splash. Trying new shades and tones to welcome in the new season is a fun way of freshening up your wardrobe without having to completely change everything you already own. If you look, I’m sure you’ll find at least a few pieces of clothing in the colours and tones that we have explored here. It’s all about finding the right combinations that suit you, do not be afraid to experiment and try new ideas with old pieces to give them renewed life. Fall offers the chance to match colours with the nature around you, these richer colours can help you look more elegant and refined, compared to the vibrant colours of the summer where the contrasts can sometimes become overpowering.

Add a little spice to your outfits by accessorising correctly, have you considered how much your outfit can change just by utilising a brand new printed scarf? For busy women who are always on the go, worrying about your colour matching your outfits can be a nightmare when you have a whole family to take care of. Luckily a well-picked out scarf can completely change and brighten up any outfit, even a particularly dull and muted outfit. The versatility of scarves mean you can style them in whatever way suits you and your outfit best, for example if its purely a fashion piece then you can wear it styled in a classic way whereas if its a particularly chilly evening you could wrap it all around you to keep warm. It is the perfect piece for this time of year as it is not cold enough to have a winter coat but the air is getting cooler.

Hats are another important accessory. A nice addition to any outfit, but also a strategic item that can be used to protect yourself from the weather, on both cold days and sunny afternoons. Most importantly hats are perfect for hiding a bad hair day. Many different hat types depending on your own preferences and styles, for example you can try something as simple as a cosy beanie. Affordable, comfortable and available in a variety of colours and patterns. If you want your hat to be particularly evocative of the cold weather you can even get beanies with a fuzzy bobble! If you are only planning on buying one then I would recommend that you make sure it is in neutral colour.

There’s still a lot to look forward to for the rest of the year. While we may not know exactly what Halloween and Bonfire Night will look like this year, they definitely will continue on in one shape or another, so with a little creativity we will all still be celebrating. Hopefully you can successfully transition into Autumn and enjoy all of life’s festivities whichever way you can.

About Elliot Robinson

I’m a recent graduate of English with strong passion for reading, writing, sport and film. I hope you enjoy what you have read. My career aspiration is to become a writer one day for a magazine.