The Psychology of Autumn

The Psychology of Autumn

Shorter days. Longer nights. Cooler temps.  We, children of summer, tend to retreat indoors after the school bells start ringing in late August/early September.  It seems like there is always somewhere to be and a million things to do, and Gasp!  …Holiday season is approaching fast!  

The Psychology of Autumn is that of unavoidable change, self-care, and preparations for the winter season.  But wait!  Fall weather is not only extremely pleasant, but an ideal time to be getting outdoors to absorb sunlight and to boost your vitamin D levels.  If you have already fallen into the trap of hibernation, it’s not too late to carpe the Autumn diem.  Read on for some ideas to stay active and keep those good summer-like vibes flowing well into the holiday season.  

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Trail Hiking and Mountain Biking

It’s the perfect time of year to take on those more strenuous or longer hikes and trail rides.  Cooler mornings and dropping temps in the afternoon allow you optimal weather to enjoy the trails without concerns of overheating.  Be sure to take into account the shortening daylight if you set off for a late-day adventure.  

Take in the Fall Colors

Of the many wonders of Fall Season, none set the stage better than the deciduous trees as they change colors to the warm yellows, oranges, and ambers synonymous with Pumpkin Spice Season.  (Did you know that the Pumpkin Spice Latte is celebrating its 18th birthday this year?  How did people survive the 90’s without pumpkin-flavored everything?)  Get out and drink in the glorious eye candy of fall colors as they take their hold upon mother nature.  If you live in an urban area, treat yourself to a day trip out to a more rural location and behold the show.  Check out this interactive map to see when the fall colors are estimated to peak in your neck of the woods in 2021.

Walk It Out

And while we’re talking about the fall colors, is there anything more satisfying than stepping on crunchy leaves?  Fall is a great time to start logging some miles on your Trainers while searching for the most satisfying crunch of the day.  Walking is an excellent way to work off those extra calories from your favorite fall comfort foods and it helps to alleviate stress and anxiety.  Did you know that Steve Jobs loved to hold walking meetings?  Try going for a walk the next time you feel the need to generate inspiration and creativity.

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An Apple a Day

Fall means that it's Apple Season!  We’re talking fresh picked apples, hot apple cider, apple juice, candy apples, caramel apples, apple butter, applesauce, apple fritters, apple dumplings, apple pie, apple cobbler, apple crisp, grilled apples, fried apples, baked apples, pickled apples, and what about this enticing Apple Pie Biscuit Casserole recipe?  Try googling “Apple Picking” or “Apple Cider Mill near me” to find your local options and plan a fun day trip to partake in Apple Season with your friends and family.  If hard apple cider is more your style, check out this Cider Guide to find a local brewery in your state!

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Fall Camping

If you haven’t ventured out for a fall camping trip before, prepare to be amazed!  What you’ll find:  Most families and college kids are hunkered down at home trying to settle into their new back to school routines.  What does that mean to you: less crowds!  Watch the weather closely and be sure to pack extra layers for the cooler temps and you are good to roam.  Reserve America lists Colorado, Washington, New Mexico, Michigan, and North Carolina as the best scenery states for fall camping and is a great resource for planning and booking your camping trip.

Backyard Bonfires

The perfect fall scene has to be early sunsets, dinner on the grill, your favorite house shoes, roasting marshmallows and singing songs around a fire pit.  Whether you’re out camping or having the squad over for a backyard bonfire, make the most of this Fall Season and drink in every last ray of sunshine and fresh air.  Embrace fall and stay active!    

Wendi Murphy

By Wendi Murphy

Wendi has been with Freewaters since 2013. She wears multiple hats, working across many departments doing whatever needs to get done. An avid lover of adventure, the beauty of nature, and a keen observer of human behavior drives her in her constant pursuit of life’s greatest stories.

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