The Fall season is all about letting go. Just as leaves turn colors and fall to the ground and birds leave their nests and head for warmer weather, this time of year is our cue to let go of what no longer serves us. Whether it’s through decorating our homes or incorporating a few new practices into our daily routines, using the power of Autumn and the Fall season element (which I personally find very comforting) can be a restorative practice.
Why it’s Important to Embrace the Fall Season Element
Most of us live our lives focused on the day-to-day tasks at hand and often stress becomes an unwelcome companion we wish would be on their way. Realizing this doesn’t have to be our normal way of life, and that the human experience is actually meant to be peacefully aligned with nature, can help us powerfully shift our experience. One of the easiest ways to do that is by changing our decor with the seasons (which carries many benefits aside from it just being a nice change).
3 Easy Ways to Decorate for the Fall
The element of Fall is fire so all you need to do is think of the colors and scents related to this powerful energetic force (think red and dark orange). Incorporate these colors in throws, pillows, or other accent items around your home. Looking for some new items to incorporate into your decor? Here’s a wine red fleece throw and burnt brick colored pillows that are perfect for Fall.
Bring Nature Indoors
Start by bringing in fall plants such as mums or gourds and pumpkins from your garden or the farmers market. If you don’t have a green thumb, you may also use faux plants (just remember to dust them!) You can also pick up pine cones, colored leaves, and stones from your walks and make an arrangement yourself.
Looking to add to your house plant collection? Spider plant is a great plant to use to decorate for the Fall season. It’s draping leaves move in a downward direction which is very reminiscent of Fall. Also, spider plant is known to be very good at purifying the air. Don’t like the look of a spider plant? Go with a hanging ivy instead – they’re almost impossible to kill and have the same downward (falling) energy.
Use the Element of Fire
My favorite (and most obvious) way to bring in fire is through the use of candles. I love candles because not only do you have the fire element, but you can also bring in fall scents like cinnamon, clove, pine, or ginger. I particularly love LuLu Soy Candles and their apple cinnamon even goes to a good cause). Worried about starting an actual fire? Try these incredible LED candles that flicker and move like real candles (also nice to have on hand should the power ever go out)! Not a big candle fan? No worries, you can also use pictures that have fire in them (maybe a family camping trip or another image where fire is present).
Using the Scents of Autumn to Connect
Using our sense of smell is also a great way to connect with Fall! I mentioned scented candles, however, you can also use essential oils, dried spices, or potpourri as well. In addition to cinnamon, clove, and ginger you can add pumpkin or pine to create a warm and inviting element to your space. Another way to use these scents is by incorporating them into your cooking (minus the pine, of course). You can make a carrot and ginger soup or a yummy curry for dinner. Try adding spices to warm beverages such as chai tea, mulled cider, or spiced wine.
Another way to integrate the elements of Fall into your home is by changing out the elements on your home altar. If you’d like to learn more about home altars, read my blog post on how to create an altar.
Change your Routine with the Seasons
As I said, fall is a great time of introspection and letting go. Maybe it’s time for you to take up that meditation practice you’ve been drawn to, or spend a little time thinking about goals for the quarter (90-day goals aren’t just for businesses you know)! Not a goal person? Maybe revisit writing in a journal, or cozy up to a fire and read a good book with a nice cup of tea.
Fall is also a great time to start finding ways to move your body indoors. If you like yoga (or are willing to give it a try), spend some time in restorative poses like child’s pose, seated cat/cow pose, supported bridge pose, or supported bound angle pose. Not sure where to start? Here’s a list of ten poses to consider.
This is also a great time to get out in nature, so consider letting go of your well-traveled path and taking a different route. Maybe visit a park you haven’t been to before, or an apple orchard or pumpkin farm with the family.
Make the Fall Season a Time to Tend to Yourself
Just as squirrels are gathering what they need for the winter, allow Fall to be the season of self-care. Taking a bubble bath, giving yourself a pedicure, reading a book, or listening to some soothing tunes on Spotify are all great ways to connect with what you need right now.
Whether you’re changing up your home decor by adding the Fall season element, adding a few new practices, or just taking some time for self-care the Fall season is a perfect time to reflect and let go.