There is only a little over a week left until Fall officially arrives. Sometimes, Mother Nature doesn’t get that memo and fall ends up feeling more like summer. If you are a lover of all things fall, like me, you may find yourself wishing for that cozy feeling that fall brings. How can you possibly embrace fall spirit when it feels like summer? So how can you bring the coziness of fall into your home, even though you still are covered in sweat whenever you set foot outside?
1 | Bring the Scents of Autumn
Pull out your apple pie scented candles, essential oil blends, or potpourri! Bring the cinnamon and spice scents you love into your home. No matter what way you choose to bring fall scents into your home the result is the same: a cozy, warm scent that makes you feel like fall.
Not sure where you buy essential oils, candles, or herbs? This is where I recommend you look for all your holistic home essentials!
2 | Fall Decor
Nothing says fall like some fall decor that embraces the rich reds, browns, and golds of the autumn season. Bring out your leaf motifs, pumpkins and other fall essentials to make your home look like fall (even if the outdoors is still in summer bloom). Instead of heading off the store to find fall decor, instead, opt for a more natural, ecofriendly, and cheap approach by embracing some easy to find fall decor.
3 | Seasonal Autumn Foods
There’s nothing better than fresh food, so head on out to your favorite farmer’s or harvest market and pick up some of what’s in season right now! Eating seasonal foods is the perfect way to get in touch with your local area and discover exactly what makes fall, fall in your local. I know how hard it can be to reconcile the fall you grew up with, with the fall that appears in other climates. I’ll be the first to admit that I judge all other falls by the New England standard, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy some nice seasonal foods here in Japan or anywhere else I may be.
Not sure what’s in season? Get started with this list!
4 | Enjoy Your Fall Favorites
Sometimes you just need a taste of home – even if it’s not local or seasonal where you are. There’s no shaming in baking or cooking your favorite fall dishes even if they aren’t seasonal for your location. Make an apple pie, or some cider doughnuts, or roast chicken or turkey. Whatever your favorite fall foods are, make them or buy them ready made if cooking isn’t your thing. Sometimes all you need to get in the fall mood is the taste of something from falls of the past.
5 | Go on a Nature Walk or Hike
It’s easy to overlook some of the more subtle signs of fall. The slight coolness on the breeze, the changing patterns of birds and other local wildlife. Not everything is so striking as fall foliage. Take a few moments to get out into nature and enjoy it. Notice the little things, the flowers blooming now, the ones that have passed. The changing habits of bugs, or the sudden appearance of mushrooms or the subtle shade changes of leaves.
6 | Go to a Festival or Fair
Fall has no shortages of festivals. Get out and visit a festival near you, harvest festivals are particularly common this time of year no matter where you are. See what’s in season, and get a chance to see what the local artisans are up to. Eat some delicious festival food while you are at it!
7 | Practice Gratitude
Autumn is all about gratitude with many holidays ranging from Mabon to Thanksgiving which focus on gratitude and abundance. But how often do you practice gratitude in your own daily life? If you’re like me, probably not enough! So this fall get into the spirit of the season by starting your own gratitude practice. It can be as simple as reflecting on the things you have to be thankful for at the end of the day, or journaling about it.
Want to give thanks but don’t know how? Try my simple ritual of thanks.
You may still have the AC on and shorts but you can still embrace the feelings of fall and turn your home into a blissful fall sanctuary. Bring the feeling of fall into your home through your home decor, scents, and of course, delicious autumnal foods. If bringing fall to your surroundings isn’t enough to get you in the autumn mood, then there are many ways you can bring that feeling into your life by embracing events of the season, looking to nature, and practicing gratitude.
How do you bring fall into your home and life when the weather doesn’t cooperate? What do you do to get into the fall spirit?