4 things to do this Autumn

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Autumn can be a busy time of year with courses revving up in intensity. Combine that with the gloomy, cold weather and the Autumn months can be a difficult time for a lot of students.

Here are four things you can do this Autumn to avoid the mid-semester slump!

  • Start journaling— This is a great way to take time for yourself and process your thoughts and feelings about daily occurrences. Additionally, a finished journal is a great thing to look back on and keep as a memento of your experiences! You can make your journal as decorative or functional as you want and spend as little or as much time writing as you choose. I prefer the morning pages method of journaling where you attempt to write roughly three pages of any form of writing first thing in the morning. It is a great addition to any morning routine and can be both calming and creatively stimulating.
  • Have a night in with friends!— The cold, dark weather can make going out seem less than enjoyable. But that doesn’t mean you need to hole up inside on your own! Invite some friends over for a cosy night in complete with cider or hot chocolate, a movie marathon and some yummy treats.
  • Visit the Sheffield Botanical Gardens— Though you’d think the gardens would be better suited to visit in the Spring or Summer, in the autumn season it is a calming place to take a stroll through if you have the time. It is much less crowded in Autumn giving you ample space to explore. The cafe next door is a great way to end your day and escape the chill with a yummy coffee or a decadent Belgian waffle.
  • Be honest with yourself and others about your needs— This is a more abstract “thing to do” this Autumn season, but nevertheless is very important! Take the next month or two to think about what you prioritise in your relationships and other aspects of your life and do your best to vocalise those priorities. I’ve always found Autumn to be a great time for introspection, and using that introspection to improve your life is always a plus in my book!

Words by Madeline Pennington, Edited by Hope Elliott

Hope and Vicky are your lifestyle editors.

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