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As the days slowly become shorter and colder again, many people feel increasingly tired and unmotivated. At the same time, life is becoming more hectic again: companies are preparing for the last quarter of the year, schools and universities are opening again and hobbies are restarting. 

Regular self-care tips and short breaks in between are important for staying healthy, fit and content during busy times. 

1. Discover your favorite hot drink 

Hot chocolate, a turmeric latte, or an elderflower punch? 

Delicious hot drinks are ideal to shift down a gear and enjoy the moment. Refined with cream, syrup, or spices, hot drinks taste especially good. 

One of our personal favorites in autumn and winter is Golden Milk. Here is the recipe: 

Put 300 milliliters of cow's or vegetable milk in a pot and boil it together with 1 teaspoon of turmeric (or the contents of 2 turmeric capsules from AAVALABS), a teaspoon of honey (or maple syrup), a pinch of cinnamon and some fresh ginger in a pot. 

The result is a fabulously delicious feel-good drink! 

2. Collect leaves in the park 

If you last collected autumn leaves as a schoolchild, then you should definitely try it again. 

The best way to do this is to take a walk through the forest. Many of the positive effects of "forest bathing” have been scientifically proven. 

Fresh forest air:  

  • has a positive regulating effect on pulse and heartbeat
  • helps to reduce stress
  • has a positive effect on the mood 

3. Take a hot bath and celebrate 

A hot bath is a perfect remedy for stress. A bath with scents, candles, and your favorite music will be a very special experience. You can find the accessories for this in regular supermarkets. 

Don´t forget to switch off your phone, turn off the lights and enjoy! 

4. Get a massage 

A relaxing wellness massage can quickly catapult you into other worlds and free you from tensions and little aches and pains of everyday life. Popular massage forms include aroma massages with essential oils, Ayurvedic oil massages or Thai massages. 

Note: However, you should check the quality beforehand. Make sure that the massage therapist is qualified and that there are no indications that speak against a massage (professional massage therapists will always check this before the treatment). 

5. Pamper yourself with scents 

Aromatherapy is known for its positive effects on the body and mind. Thereby essential oils are absorbed in different ways, among others through the sense of smell e.g. by scented lamps. If you feel worn out, tired, or stressed, the right scents can help. 

A particularly invigorating scent for tired people is lemon, for example. Lavender on the other hand has a relaxing effect and helps with nervousness and insomnia. 

6. Get your creative juices flowing

Autumn days are ideal for creative activities. This is not only fun but often has an incredibly relaxing and inspiring effect. 

Our tip: Look up the best DIY blogs and Youtube channels online. You will find wonderful tips for designing, handicrafts, sewing and painting, and much more. 

7. Bake cakes with seasonal fruits

Nothing beats the smell of a freshly baked apple or plum pie! Take advantage of rainy and cool days to bake autumnal treats. We discovered this really irresistibleapple pie recipe on Jenn Segal´s food blog. 

Self-care doesn't have to be expensive or complicated 

Our list shows that self-care doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money on holidays or products. 

Oftentimes a moment of mindfulness and a cup of really good tea can work wonders when you're feeling tired or stressed. As Jon Kabat-Zinn states: “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” 

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