There are a variety of vitamins that have been identified as necessary for your body to function well. No doubt, you have heard of Vitamins A, C, D, E, and the many types of B vitamins. There are some that have not been recognized by science, yet they play an important part in our overall wellness.
I’m referring to Vitamin J (Joy), Vitamin G (Gratitude), Vitamin F (Fun) and more. Remember the old adage that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? It also contributes to a less than vibrant health. Vitamins J and F are key “nutrients” all year, but let’s explore some ways to add some fun to your fall.
Fall Presents A New Opportunity
Fall is one of my favorite seasons because of the colors it brings and the change in temperature. For those living in more northern climates, fall is your last chance to get outside before snow makes it more challenging. The cooler temps can send you scrambling for an extra layer as you head outside to enjoy this colorful season.
Here are a variety of options for you to explore to add more Vitamin F to your life. Choose a few to incorporate with your family, or by yourself, before the cold months settle in.
- Visit a pumpkin patch and take one home – and roast your pumpkin seeds if you carve it.
- Pick some apples – and turn them into a healthy baked apple dessert.
- Make some healthy chili in your slow cooker – and come home to dinner already done.
- Take photos of the fall foliage or collect leaves to create a collage in a frame under glass.
- Shop at your local farmer’s market to explore the fun squashes and gourds, then pick seasonal fall veggies to cook in your kitchen.
- Use your fire pit or build a bonfire – there’s something special about sitting around a fire with loved ones.
- Go hiking – the autumn surroundings are different even on your favorite trails.
- Update your skincare routine to be more autumn-friendly – you may need more moisturizing formulas and now could be the time to reduce your chemical exposure. I can recommend a product line I use.
- Organize your sweaters and cold weather clothes – donate anything that doesn’t fit or has been in your closet long enough to have holes.
- Make S’mores using dark chocolate and consider swapping to Annie’s Homegrown Organic Grahams, which have more fiber and are lower glycemic.
- Get a good book and choose a place to read it outside.
- Make yourself a healthy warm fall beverage (consider Golden Milk).
- Have an autumn-themed movie night.
- Make popcorn with extra olive oil and season with dill for a twist.
- Tweak your coffee flavor by sprinkling ground cinnamon on top.
- Create dried flower bouquets to decorate for autumn.
- Look for volunteering opportunities near you.
- Use cozy essential oils to set the mood – start with cinnamon and clove.
- Go for at least one bike ride before winter snow covers the trails.
- Start a journal to collect your thoughts and include your Vitamin G (gratitude).
Fall Is A Season For Fun
How much fun do you include in your life? It matters! I often talk with my clients about this and help them explore ways to add more Vitamin F. You could use this bucket list to add some fun to your fall – see how many of these you can do before the first snow falls.
What will be your first activity from the list?