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What's your favorite fall activity to help with your mental health?

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I've started listing ideas of what I can do over the coming weeks as fall has begun.. I'm curious to know what everyone else does and especially the different traditions/ideas from those of you who live in other countries!!

Here are my ideas so far:

- Volunteer at an animal shelter

- Paint pumpkins

- Decorate the house/yard

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🍁 I LOVE to rake leaves, the more the better! 🍁


OMG, you're right! So satisfying, too. I didn't think of this. Thank you! :)

walking through the forest crunching leaves.

I definitely need to find out where the nearest forest of trees with crunchy leaves is! I live near a couple national forests but there are no crunchy leaves, just pine needs and such.

Ahhh Fall, one of my favorite times of the year.I've always loved driving through the winding roads

of the Forest Preserves. Large trees with beautiful colored

leaves meeting in the center of the road.

As the leaves fall all around me, I've always used that as a

meditation of love. Each leaf meant that love surrounded me.

In the winter months, I interpret the snow flakes as the same.

After a relaxing drive, treat myself to a delicious Gourmet Chocolate

Caramel Apple topped with pecans. Life is Good :) xx

Agora, that's awesome! I struggle with meditation, but guided ones are nice. A guided meditation with the concept that nature surrounding you represents love sounds awesome to me. Thanks for sharing! :)

Visit an Apple Orchard and try new varieties.Enjoy Apple Cider Donuts

Red Candy Apples and Caramel Apples

Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Agora1 in reply to Lemonade915

Yum...makes my heart fill with joy. :) xx

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snowdaze in reply to Lemonade915

Oh my, this made me smile. A funny sign that made me laugh, while driving through my neighborhood. It was a sign in front of an auto repair shop.

"Pumpkin Spice Oil Changes are Back!" This is definitely Pumpkin Spice Season! 🍂

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Lemonade915 in reply to snowdaze

That is so creative. Pumpkin Spice is everywhere...Don't be surprised if there is Pumpkin Spice Toilet Paper in the future.

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snowdaze in reply to Lemonade915

☺️ Now there's an idea!

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Agora1 in reply to snowdaze

Love it lol :) xx

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Blueruth in reply to Lemonade915

I miss apple orchards! I always get the new apple varieties in the supermarket. There are very few orchards in my area so they are shipped in from Washington mostly.

If you have an Oktoberfest in your area, they are fun to go to😚

-Going to the park/short hikes

-Eating Reese's peanut butter pumpkin and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios (for some reason, I associate that cereal with fall)

-Picking up leaves (not raking them, just picking one or two up to observe)

-Decorating for Halloween

-Fall nail art

-Buying/sewing new sweaters or pajamas

-Watching Halloween/spooky movies

-Getting new cozy socks in preparation for the cold weather

Growing up, I lived in the north. Autumn was a beautiful time. Our dad didn’t make us rake, but we sure made a mess playing in the piles. Our town allowed burning so we’d have a bonfire of some of the leaves. Yeah, marshmallows, too. Every year, we’d pull out last years cold weather clothes, see what we grew out of, who got the hand me downs and who was getting the new stuff. Mom would get out her Singer and do the customizing.Every Autumn, I drag out old photos of those times. Living in the south, my fall tradition for good feelings is making sure my air conditioner is in shape. That definitely helps my mood. 😁

"Mom would get out her Singer and do the customizing." Love it. I remember when I got something new my younger sister already had her eye on it because she knew that eventually it would be hers. You can never get attached to your clothes when you come from a big family!🧔👩👩‍🦰👩‍🦰👩‍🦰👦👧

😂wow, 5 kids! We had 4. My older sisters were glad to be rid of their woolen clothes when we moved to the south. I did a lot of sweating then 🥵…..I was the only one in high school that wore wool. 😁

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Lemonade915 in reply to Isinatra

I love the smell of the crisp fall air, leaves changing color and falling off the trees. I would love raking leaves into a big pile and jumping into it as a child. It was so much fun to do with my younger siblings. Something about rolling around in the crunchy leaves...Pure joy😊

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Isinatra in reply to Lemonade915

Sweet memories of Autumn and childhood. Can’t beat it. 😉

Volunteering will keep you going far longer than the other two, and you'll be out of the house, interacting with folk.

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Hope4me1 in reply to Midori

I can’t seem to find anywhere to volunteer during Covid. Any suggestions?

I have a volunteer idea for you Hope4me1, if you live in a metro area of the U.S...

I live in CT. North central

I just checked online and it looks like you are in luck because you are in a metro area served by Nextdoor. Download the free app "Nextdoor". I use it on my phone, it's very convenient. After signing up for your neighborhood, post a message saying you are looking for volunteer opportunities and you will get answers as to where to go. I volunteer on the Nextdoor help map. People in my neighborhood can see my name on the help map and send me a message if they are feeling lonely because I've volunteered to stop by and chat with them. You can volunteer to walk dogs 🦮 for people who are sick or unable to walk their dogs for example. My point is that there are probably volunteer opportunities right in your own neighborhood. In fact one of the libraries in my neighborhood just had a new member event at a local brewery 🍻 and volunteers helped with that.

Anyway, I hope you try this app. I've been helped and I've helped several neighbors on Nextdoor. Good luck and best wishes.🌞

Thank you so much for this kindness!! I will check out this app!💕😊

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Midori in reply to Hope4me1

I'm in UK. We are no longer under restrictions, so our charities are back up and running.

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Hope4me1 in reply to Midori

Lucky you! I would love to help in a library or animal shelter. I really miss gathering in person vs a zoom gathering.

PUMPKIN SEASON! I love pumpkin pie and all the pumpkin things. Where I live the trees just seem to skip fall, they just stay green and die one day.

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Isinatra in reply to queenetta


Lol, same. I think it's funny how the general world has one view of what "fall" smells like, looks like, tastes like, etc. and yet most people live in climates that are not even close to the stereotype!

When someone told me that they always spend Halloween mushing through snow in snowsuits from one house to the next, it took me a while to wrap my head around it! XD

No leaves to rake but I love leaf touring. Driving a gorgeous mountain pass in leaf season is the best. Fall is my rebirth season.

As the nights lengthen, the leaves fall off, we in the UK call it Autumn, I have returned back to my infamous true crime book, half of HU have heard about it, but an unsolved murder from 195 years ago, has now recently got my grey cells going amiss, scratchy head "unsolved" and very relevant to the book's theme and my main characters? 😗 Just the thing my pension due in a few months, bad health all my life, all those NI payments? Apparently I must have done something right? not far off top whack!🙃 I think a new laptop will be needed, this one is 🥴 maybe I can really test the portability of it, get out a bit? Not brush up a few leaves, sounds like too hard work?

Fall is far and away my favorite season! Love this time of year. I love it when you start to get those cool crisp mornings, it really helps wake you up when you step outside. Definitely the best time of year for hiking. There's a state park not far from me with a seven mile trail that packs in 18 or 19 waterfalls. It's quite a work out but in autumn it's so beautiful; like stepping into another world.

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