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Take time for your self-care this Autumn

Do you begin to feel a little low in mood as the seasons edge towards the end of the year or do you embrace the cooler, darker days?

Autumn has always been my favourite season of the year, the colour of the trees, kicking dry, fallen leaves, and even going conkering! Not to mention the opportunity to put on my pjs earlier, light a candle, and get cosy under a fleecy blanket as I curl up to watch the TV or read. Even when I think about my therapy room in South Gosforth, the darker afternoons create the perfect setting for my clients, I light more candles, and pop on the under-heated blanket and it has a super, super cosy feel.

On the 23rd of September, it’s the Autumn Equinox, a perfect time for letting go of what no longer serves you, making your home cosy and comfortable, becoming more insular, feeding your needs, saying no to things you don’t want to do. Focus on being still, just imagine allowing yourself to cocoon in comfort, warmth, and peace, and take time to rest!

It’s a great time of year to focus on the last few months and review what you’ve achieved, high-five the good experiences and remember we live and learn always, so if the year has thrown you some curveballs, be kind to yourself, let it go as much as you can, I know it’s not always easy!

Set an intention or two for the rest of the year, and have gratitude it changes your vibration in a positive way and we all need a little more positivity in life, don’t we?

Here are my top self-care tips for the last quarter of 2023.

Spoil yourself with a new candle and journal.

Spend a chilly evening under a blanket with your favourite hot drink. What would it be?

Choose a new recipe to try, and to get the best of the comfort food try a desert, I’ve still blackberries (or as I know them, brambles) in the freezer from last year which I need to get creative with and make room for more, which brings me nicely onto spending time outside.

Go picking wild blackberry picking, enjoy the lingering remnants of summer warmth, go off the beaten track and collect as many as you can. Please don’t pick them near the roadside!

Find dry, crisp fallen leaves, and kick them about, great for letting off steam!

Walk in woodland, especially early in the morning or late afternoon, make the most of the golden hour as the sun begins to rise or set, notice the colour of the sky, slow down and listen to the sounds around you, and engage with Mother Nature, nurture yourself and enjoy your Autumn.

And finally, a shout out for my holistic therapies, perfect for any time of the year, yet in the Autumn and Winter can really help your feelings of wellness, help your body to release the tension you carry when it’s colder with reiki and reflexology, or choose a holistic facial to help your skin feel nourished and hydrated, to book here is my online booking system.

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