How Do You Pick Yourself Up After The Summer?

I had the most gorgeous holiday in Corfu earlier this year (I may have mentioned it... multiple times) but there's always that time, towards the end of the summer or the beginning of Autumn that you feel like you need a little pick-me-up, isn't there?  

I thought I'd offer some ways to give you a little boost as the nights start drawing in and your hand is itching to flick the switch on the heating. 

How Do You Pick Yourself Up After The Summer?
Photo Credit : Jennifer Burk, Unsplash

Have one pamper day a week

Set aside some time to have a stretch out with some yoga and then dive into a luxury bubble bath complete with an aromatherapy candle (try a Yankee candle or one from St Eval) and a face mask (I love TonyMoly sheet masks), with a mug of herbal tea or glass of wine to hand.

Go for a run

Just lace up those trainers and go for a run, even if it's been ages since you headed out.  If you're a complete non-runner then look up the "couch to 5k" app and use the next 9 weeks to get fit. If you already do a bit of running then book a race and follow a plan to reach your running goal. 

How Do You Pick Yourself Up After The Summer? Holiday in Portugal!! photo credit Nickie O'Hara
Flying over Portugal

Book a holiday

This is exactly what we have done. We're flying out to Albuferia in Portugal later this month with Jet2 just for a 'do nothing' holiday and to get some last minute sun on our faces. We were last there in 2009 as our first ever holiday away together on our own (17 years after we met) so it will be lovely to revisit some of our favourite places.

Crochet a blanket

I am a huge fan of "crochet along" projects.  This is where a blanket pattern is released in sections over the course of a few weeks and a community of Happy Hookers create their 'work in progress' together. There's usually a Facebook group for support and advice and having the pattern released in 'chunks' gives you a manageable target and a desire to pick up your work and get on with it when you have a spare few moments. The one I'm doing at the moment is "Spicier Life" in the Taj Mahal colourway by Sandra at Cherry Heart and supported by Black Sheep Wools.  You can find all the information here.

Treat yourself to a subscription box

I'm a huge fan of subscription boxes and have been lucky to review lots of stationery themed subscriptions over the past year.  However Sian introduced to Love Me Beauty a while back and I now receive a monthly box of gorgeous goodies to pamper myself with. I've replenished my Eco Tools brushes, found some lovely skin care products and even had the chance to try out Kat Von D's perfumes. I have a referral link here  >> NICKI3804025 << which provides you with 30 free credits to spend on your first box and gives me some extra credits for next month too.

I'd love to hear how you kick start the Autumn. 

What can I add to my 'pick-me-up' list? 

I was provided with some pamper products from Jet2 to cheer myself up a bit and I featured these on my Instagram Stories last week.  Please note that some of the additional links included may be affiliate links.  For more details and full transparency please see my disclosure policy.