As soon as the clock strikes midnight on November 1st, it seems the hustle and bustle of the holidays are in full swing. Shopping malls transform into winter wonderlands seemingly overnight (seriously, how is this possible – currently in full-on detective mode to figure it out), and commercials are packed with festive jingles. While we’ve all got that one friend who’s already blasting “All I Want For Christmas is You” – hey, maybe it’s you, no judgment – the crisp, cool air and colorful leaves remind us that it is, in fact, still fall. So before your holiday prep kicks into full gear, consider planning a short weekend escape. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite self-care tips and outdoor activities to get you started and help you to relax and unplug.
Swap High Intensity with Slower Activities
If you’re constantly on the go while you’re at home, try taking it down a notch during your weekend getaway. Scenic hiking, kayaking, and biking still get your heart rate going and are great ways to get your fall fitness on. Spending time in nature is not only good for the body, but it’s also great for the mind as well. It’s peaceful, reduces stress, and helps us clear our thoughts. Plus, you can swap your nature sound app for the real deal.
Stop and Smell the Pine Trees
Be present. Take a bit of time each day to unplug and leave your phone at the cabin (or adorable a-frame). Replace it with journaling for a few minutes and jot down things that make you happy, or head outside to snap a few Polaroids of the fall foliage. No matter what you decide to do, we suggest bringing a mug filled to the brim with a cozy beverage. There’s something about sipping on a warm drink that calms the spirit and soothes the soul.
Yoga with Furry Friends
Whether it’s goats, cats or dogs, yoga with fluffy little animals has some amazing benefits for both you and your furry friends. Many locations share the mat with adoptable animals (dangerous, we know), and it gives them exercise, attention, and mental stimulation. As for us humans, it helps with depression, mindfulness, and encourages us to seek a deeper connection. Once you’ve picked the location for your retreat, research to see if any spots nearby offer this unique activity.
When the Sun Goes Down
Just because the sun has set doesn’t mean you have to call it a night (although we definitely wouldn’t blame you if you did). Grab an oversized throw and sit by the fire, roast a few s’mores, and share your favorite stories. If you’ve had your fair share of the outdoors for the day, head inside and pop on a face mask and an old flick, play a board game, or cozy up and read a book that’s been sitting on your shelf back home for too long. Just do what makes you happy!