Beating the Autumn Blues

Autumn appears to be well and truly on it’s way. The nights are starting to draw in, the kids have gone back to school and the temperatures do seem to be falling. (Not that they’ve been very high this summer anyway!)

Feeling a bit low at this time of year is all too common. The end of the summer can be a depressing time so I wanted to create a list of ten things to help get us through the months ahead.

1 – The Thames Festival

The annual Thames Festival will be held on the weekend of 10th and 11th of September. Buy yourself a hot drink and enjoy the night carnival and fireworks finale.

2 – Get out and about

It is a well known fact that exercise releases endorphins. Something as simple as a walk in the park can help lift your mood. Take the opportunity to wrap up warm and enjoy the sites of London’s parks as the trees turn.

3 – Visit Buckingham Palace

There is still time to visit the Palace before it closes it’s doors on October 3rd. This is the last chance we have to see the wedding dress worn by The Duchess of Cambridge.

4 – Buy your winter wardrobe

The new Westfield shopping centre in Stratford opens it’s doors on September 13th. What better excuse is there for some good old retail therapy?!

5 – Pamper yourself

I am sure I don’t need to tell you that a nice warm bubble bath can work wonders when you’re feeling low. Light some candles, put on some soothing music, close your eyes and pretend you somewhere a little more tropical!

6 – Plan for the party season

It may be too early to start thinking about Christmas parties but maybe plan a Halloween party and plan your outfit. Making a good Halloween costume can take weeks so start now and you’ll look fabulous on the night.

7 – Gardening

Summer may be over but that doesn’t mean you should abandon your garden. Keep yourself busy by making sure your garden is ready for winter. Remove any dead plants and give your lawn one last cut.

8 – Indulge on autumn delights

The time is now perfect to take advantage of seasonal vegetables and fruit, especially if you’ve grown them yourself. Make yourself a big pot of stew. Perfect to keep you warm as these evenings get colder.

9 – Take a weekend break

Getting out of the house just for a few days can leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. Obviously we’d all love to jet off for a few days in the sun but don’t be put off by a “stay-cation”. Leave the big city behind, stay in cottage or lodge with an open fire and enjoy the countryside.

10 – Enjoy London

Don’t forget that London has a wide range of cultural attractions. When the weather is cold and you’re fed up of the rain you can always shelter in one of the many great art galleries or museums that London has to offer.

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About eastlondonmike

I'm a 30 year old gay man living in Leyton, East London. I'm very opinionated and many people may not like what I have to say. I like to create discussion. You can only change things by making people think.
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