Following on from my most recent blog post, describing the hidden, more emotional MS symptoms that I have, I thought that it would be nice to focus on something a bit more happy and positive. I have just managed to get through a weekend of taking care of the kids by myself whilst hubby was away, including a trip to school this morning in the bright autumn sunshine… and it made me think of how much I LOVE autumn.
I was born in Canada and lived there until I was 12 years old. I distinctly remember the fall season; the smells (bonfires, chimney smoke, the smell of crisp air), the sounds (crunchy leaves underfoot), the sights (amazing, vibrant orange, red and gold trees), and the tastes (warm apple cider, maple syrup tapped straight from the tree). Where I am in the UK doesn’t quite match up with how I remember Canada being in fall, but it is still definitely my favourite season by far.
So, in the spirit of not dwelling on the negative, I thought that it would be a good thing to focus on all the lovely things to do this season – maybe if I am feeling a bit down I can choose something from the list to make myself refocus and appreciate the little things.
Long walks (or in my case, scoots) through the autumn leaves, then back home for hot chocolate
or more likely the pub for a glass or two of red wine
Snuggling under blankets for movie afternoons on cold and dreary days
The smell of burning leaves
Halloween cooking and crafts with the kids
Cosy socks and jumpers
Home baking using lovely spices such as cinnamon, cloves and allspice
Warm spiced autumn drinks and desserts
Book reading and crocheting
Taking the time out to stop and enjoy the little things to help you refocus and appreciate what you do have as opposed to what you don’t is an important and necessary aspect of healing and self-care. I now know that I will be doing this weekend with the kids when Aidan’s away again.