Autumn Blues

Greetings, White Lotus, and Happy Tea Tuesday!

Welcome to Fall officially! The weather has finally started cooling down, the trees are gorgeous, and Christmas is just around the corner.

But some if not all of us are having a bit of trouble really enjoying this season of coziness and comradery.

For one, we're still in a pandemic. Social distancing is still a pretty big thing so we can't really gather like we used to. I know I'm bummed out about Thanksgiving this year because my family usually throws a big celebration and fills up my cousin's house with all of our loved ones. Now, we're all still separated and have to make downsized plans. And this winter, I was looking forward to going to my annual school concert for the first time as an alum. But now, I have to watch a pre-recorded version online when the date comes. And most of us are still fearful of what will happen to family and friends who may have contracted the virus. It's pretty scary out here.

Plus, it's getting dark and cloudy now and not everyone vibes with the dreary weather. Some get seasonal depression around this time due to the lack of sunlight. And it's not uncommon that with the time change, our bodies are getting a lot more tired too.

Overall, we're struggling out here.

However, there are things you can do to get out of the funk you're in during this time and help you get through the remainder of the year. Here are some of my suggestions:

1) Talk to someone

Seriously, this is the best thing you can do for yourself. Schedule an appointment with a therapist, text your best friend, call up your grandma. Communication helps us feel grounded and connected. It also helps make sense of thoughts in your head that you otherwise can't translate yourself.

2) Mini Spa Day

Treating yo self. A paper face mask, some cucumber slices, a bath bomb, some candles, calming music, and a drink of your choice can make for a super relaxing evening. And you can achieve this in under $30. Trust me, I've done it in $20 (as long as you're okay with really cheap wine lol).

3) Date Night

Whether it's on zoom, ordering in from DoorDash, or grabbing something from McDonald's, treat your partner (or yourself) to a little date night. It doesn't take much to make an evening special. That way you have a little getaway from the bad weather outside.

4) Netflix/Youtube Binge

The best way to not think about anything is to do a deep dive on Youtube or Netflix. Let yourself be completely immersed by the rabbit hole that is endless videos and movies. Nothing wrong with ignoring the world with cat videos and conspiracy theories.

5) Take A Nap

Sometimes that's all you really need to feel like yourself again. Just grab your favorite blanket, turn off the lights, and boom. You're good to go.

How do you guys like to unwind or relax from the troubles of the world? Let me know in the comments. Sip Savory and Spill Responsibly! Until next time!

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