Life these days is very frenetic. We keep going and going, the party never ends, and the calendar is always overflowing. Life is a beautiful race to the next cool thing. It used to be that fall was a time to reflect, to slow down, to turn inward and to become more grounded. We think it’s a wise tradition worth bringing back. It’s time to enjoy sitting quietly, reading a book while sipping a cup of tea, meditating as the rain falls outside, shutting off our phone, and with it all the noise from Facebook to Snapchat to Instagram and beyond. Give it a try! Here are some ideas for nesting this fall.

Home is Where the Heart Is

Get your home fall ready with scented candles, comfy throw blankets and beautiful cups for tea – anything you can think of to make the atmosphere more calm, soothing and soulful. Perhaps you can create a little shrine or “altar” with mementos and meaningful objects. We’re not saying you ought to turn your apartment into a bohemian love nest, but there’s a lot you can do to invite yourself to slow down and be more present. So that when you walk in, your space oozes a nurturing yet still chic energy.

Calm Space
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Read

An actual book. Not Buzzfeed. Nothing on your phone. Pick a classic that will transport you in time, inspire you and feed your mind. How about The Heart is Lonely Hunter or Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast? Just read.


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Meditate

If time allows, take a class. No one is born a pro at meditation, it takes serious effort. You can also allow yourself to daydream (no Twitter alerts!) or download one of the many awesome meditation music apps or guided meditations.

Cook

If you’re not already a skilled cook, take the time to learn a few recipes of dishes you always wanted to master. Whether you want to bake, entertain whole dinner parties, or simply feed yourself more holistically at the end of a long day at work, cooking is super grounding. Soups, stews, apple pies… squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin. Fall is a cornucopia of kitchen inspiration.

Get Into the Season

Autumn activities abound, from apple picking to fall foliage. Instead of a drinks at the new rooftop lounge, get some sleep and wake up early for a grounding visit to the countryside. Admire the colorful leaves while taking a hike or crunch them under your boots like a kid. Pick apples and roast them. Take a hay wagon ride. Run in the rain. Be an earth child.

Cozy Laura Ashley Space
Photo Credit: Laura Ashley Blog

Detox

Time to give your body a reboot via a gentle apple cider vinegar cleanse, a green juice fast or a daily cup of Tulsi tea. Tulsi is the name for holy basil, the most important herb in Ayurveda. It’s an immune-boosting adaptogen, which means it will give you energy if you feel exhausted and calm you if your nerves are frayed. We like the Organic India brand! One of our favorite bloggers and Instagrammers, Laura Mazurek of Roots and Feathers turned us on to golden milk. You can find lots of recipes online. Just make sure the starring ingredient is anti-inflammatory turmeric.

Golden MilkPhoto Credit: Golden Milk by Laura Mazurek

Practice Gratitude

You don’t have to be Buddhist or a yogi to practice gratitude. Even if you had the worst day at work or a week where everything falls apart, find ways to be grateful for things, people and beauty in your life. You can list the things you appreciate quietly in your head on a daily basis until it becomes a habit. Check out Buddhist nun, teacher and writer Pema Chodron who teaches the preciousness of every moment.

Cozy Writing
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Write

No need to shoot for a Pulitzer. Just buy yourself a pretty journal and write whatever comes to mind. Andy Warhol did shopping lists in his diaries (well, not just). You can probably do better. It’s a great way to cleanse the mind, find focus and create purpose.

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