There’s something about fall that revitalizes the soul. Summer flies by at a hurried pace, but fall is the time we allow ourselves to catch up with our bodies and drink in the magic of the season. 31 Fall Hygge Activities to Rejuvenate Your Soul will set you on the right path to renewing your spirit.
“Hygge happens when we commit to the pleasure of the present moment in its simplicity. It’s there in the things we do that give everyday life value and meaning, that comfort us, make us feel at home, rooted and generous.” – Louisa Thomsen Brits
If you like hygge, I’m guessing you love all things cozy. I just started a new Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life. It’s a group where we share recipes, pictures of things that leave you in awe, and ideas on how to make your life just a little bit more snug. Join here to be part of the virtual cozy cabin.
Hygge is a term used by the Danish, who have been determined to be the happiest group of people on earth. It’s a lifestyle that celebrates living in the moment, finding beauty in simplicity and nurturing yourself and others with coziness.
As trees shed their brightly colored leaves, we should also strive to release the stress and busyness that have enveloped us. It’s time to slow down and enjoy simple pleasures and the bounties of the season that are so graciously offered.
This list is not something to add more tension to your life by trying to complete each task, but simply to offer ideas from which you pick and choose.
Here are 31 Fall Hygge Activities to Rejuvenate Your Soul:
1) Plant tulips.
Planting bulbs in your garden to bloom in spring will be fun for the whole family. There are so many different flowers to choose from, with such a wide array of colors. The effort now will give you joy, year after year. October is the best month for planting.
2) Make chili.
Nothing says fall like a big pot of chili and some homemade cornbread. Whether you prefer vegetarian or a hearty, meaty chili, it’s the perfect excuse to invite a few friends over to enjoy a bowl and take note of the crisp autumn air.
3) Beautiful blessings.
Fall is the season to be thankful for all the abundance in our lives. Instead of just thinking about what we are grateful for, how about writing it all down in a journal? You can read more about using gratitude to change your life by reading 21 Gratitude Quotes to Unlock Your Blessings.
4) Fireplace meal.
A real fire in a fireplace is simply magical. Cooking a meal in your fireplace is even more wonderful. One of the most memorable dinner’s I went to was to visit one of my cousins in their new home. His wife made homemade pasta, and the rest of the meal was placed in foil packets and cooked in a fire in their stone hearth. It’s a memory that I’ll never forget.
5) Go apple picking.
Picking apples right off the tree is a fun way to spend the day. You can plan the day with your family or girlfriends and then go home and have a cooking party to make the most out of your bounty. Apple pies, cider, applesauce and baked apples are just some of the ways to enjoy the spoils of the day.
6) Hit the road.
Rent a convertible if you can and travel to the best places to see the changing colors of the leaves. Bring a picnic along so you can sit under the trees and watch each leaf drift to the ground. Make sure you bring food that celebrates the season like hot cocoa, pumpkin bread, and soup.
7) Cabin in the woods.
You might even want to expand your drive and rent a cabin deep in the woods. Make this an annual tradition to enjoy a weekend away from it all and reconnect with loved ones. Make sure you unplug from all your devices and spend some time outdoors.
8) Make pumpkin bread.
Or pumpkin anything. The arrival of pumpkin patches gives a tug on everyone’s heartstrings. Carving up a pumpkin and creating baked goods from scratch will signal the start of this beautiful season. The incentive for going to all this trouble is making roasted pumpkin seeds.
9) Decorate your front porch.
Adding touches of fall to your front porch is the perfect way to welcome guests to your home. Good thing I wrote an entire blog post on the subject to get you started. You can find 15 Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas here.
10) Soup night.
Now that the cool weather is upon us pick a designated night every week for soup night. Add a delicious salad and a rustic loaf of bread, and you have yourself a meal everyone will enjoy. You might want to try my recipe for To-Die-For Rustic Hungarian Mushroom Soup to start your new tradition.
11) Take up knitting.
Or crocheting. Perhaps needlepoint? Use your hands to create something beautiful for yourself or home. Spending time on a project that relaxes you is always a good way to enjoy a quiet evening at home.
12) Make a scarecrow.
A homemade scarecrow in your garden would be fun for the whole family to create. A scarecrow doesn’t have to wear jeans, you could have her wear a dress and an apron. If you’re ambitious, each family member can make one his or her self.
13) Moonlight fishing.
There’s something so energizing about the moon. Most of us don’t spend enough time enjoying it. Now that darkness arrives earlier, you can head out to the nearest lake and catch your dinner.
14) Homestead living.
Fall is the perfect time to learn a new skill that you can use in your home. Learn to make homemade bread…salty, crusty, chewy bread that will be worth every carb. How about taking a class on making your own cheese? Or brew your own beer? Spend the fall season becoming an expert in your new skill and when you have mastered it, give your new talent away as Christmas gifts.
15) Cozy nook.
Create a comfortable retreat in one corner of your house that you can relax at the end of the day. Make sure your chair is comfortable, and you have an ottoman. Have a think blanket nearby and a side table to hold all your books and a cup of tea. Take the time to nurture yourself from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
16) Harvest nails.
If you get your nails professionally done, why not add a bit of whimsy to your look by having pumpkins or leaves painted on your fingernails? If you prefer a simpler look, use fall colors to celebrate the season. Here’s a gorgeous shade of orange nail polish that would be perfect!
17) Candlelight magic.
With the change of each season comes different smells that we associate with it. Make your home smell fantastic by burning fall scented candles that bring back happy memories of previous autumns. You can find some fabulous candles here in a previous blog post: 7 Fall Scented Candles to Make Your Home Smell Amazing.
18) Board game night.
Invite family and friends over for a board game night or to put together puzzles for cozy fall nights. When was the last time you indulged in some old-fashioned fun? To make it easy on yourself, have a potluck. Who knows, this might turn out to be a weekly tradition. There’s a cool new game called Code Names – check it out here.
19) Family heirlooms.
Why do you have family heirlooms tucked away so no one can see them? Break out grandma’s rolling pin and make some gingerbread cookies. Warm yourself with grandpa’s coat. Even inanimate objects have energy, so immerse yourself in awe of knowing someone you treasured used to use your treasured item.
20) Pajama day.
Spend one entire day in your pajamas. Plan a day full of things to relax you. Look through old photos, watch a marathon of your favorite movies, or finally start going through that stack of books you’ve meant to read. By giving yourself time, you have more to give others.
21) Picture perfect.
Take a hundred photographs capturing what fall means to you. Is it a slice of apple pie, boots waiting by the front door or leaves in a stream? By spending time looking for all the gifts of the season, you’ll be more thankful for all its abundance.
22) Nurturing sleep.
One of the reasons I love fall so much is the crisp autumn air. I love adding layers of blankets and pillows to my bed and creating a toasty warm refuge. If your bedroom isn’t a comfortable place to be, then make it a priority to change it. A good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, so make sure your bedroom reflects it. Here’s a chunky blanket that will cozy up any room.
23) Scavenger hunt.
Create a fall scavenger hunt with your kids. Give them baskets to collect their bounties and use the items in your decor or to create fun crafts with.
24) Restaurant sampler.
Pick three favorite restaurants or mix with ones that you’ve wanted to try. Make sure they feature seasonal items on their menus. Go to one for drinks and appetizers, the next for the main course and the last one for dessert.
25) Spread kindness.
There’s a movement going on in the world, and the purpose of it is to spread joy. Get involved in rock painting, and you’ll make new friends, spread hope, and love and make the world a little bit better. Read about becoming a Rock Angel here.
26) Autumn camping.
Fall is the perfect time to go camping. The crowded campgrounds are long gone, and you’re able to enjoy state parks without all the hustle and bustle of summer traffic. There’s a bit of stillness that will soothe your soul during this season, and there’s nothing as vibrant as looking at the colorful leaves to enjoy during this time.
27) Bird migration.
It’s time for migrating birds to head south. Find out what birds in your area will be heading out-of-town and spend an afternoon bird watching. You can also set up a food and water station to take care of the feathered friends that remain for the winter.
28) Pot pie love.
There’s something so nostalgic about chicken pot pie. It even sounds nourishing. If you’ve never had homemade pot pie, then its time to head to the kitchen and make your own. Your family will love you for it.
29) Breezy riding.
Load up your bike’s basket with a thermos of soup and a loaf of bread and take off enjoy the show nature puts on once per year. If you don’t have a basket for your bike, you can get an adorable one here.
30) Neighborly love.
Fall is the perfect time to reach out to your neighbors and offer bounties from the season. Whip up a batch of maple muffins and put in an orange bag tied with a raffia bow. Include a note of how lucky you are to have them so close to you.
31) Cozy autumn touches.
As the seasons change you change your clothing types and colors. Why not do the same to your home? Add runners to your tables, throw comfy blankets over your chairs and couch, use pops of red, orange and yellow to your rooms. Decorate with gourds, apples, pumpkins and squash.
We’ve reached the end of 31 Fall Hygge Activities to Rejuvenate Your Soul. I hope you enjoyed it.
If you would like to learn more about having more hygge in your life, The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living is the perfect way to get started.
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