WHAT does autumn mean to you? To me, it is the changing of the colours in the countryside. Crunchy leaves on the pavements! Burying your kids in piles of leaves and hearing the squeals of laughter!

Autumn, with its vivid foliage, cooler temperatures, and the promise of cozy evenings, is a season that captivates the senses. In Somerset, this enchanting time of year offers a unique opportunity to prioritize and nurture your mental health. As we transition from the exuberance of summer to the introspection of autumn.

Somerset's picturesque countryside comes alive with a tapestry of colours during autumn. Take advantage of this by going on mindful nature walks. Immerse yourself in the rustling leaves, the scent of the earth, and the soothing sounds of the outdoors. Nature has a remarkable way of calming the mind and relieving stress.

Autumn brings a bounty of fresh, local produce to Somerset. Visit farmers' markets and enjoy the harvest. Filling your plate with nourishing, seasonal foods not only benefits your physical health but can also lift your spirits. Savor the flavours of pumpkin, apples, and hearty soups that warm both body and soul.

Embrace the changing seasons with mindfulness. Light candles, create an autumn altar with leaves and acorns, or simply sit by the fireplace and meditate. These rituals can help you feel more connected to the natural rhythms of life and promote inner peace.

Autumn in Somerset often brings local festivals and events. Engaging with your community can provide a sense of belonging and boost your mood. Whether it's attending a harvest fair or joining a local club, social connections are crucial for mental well-being.

Autumn's beauty reminds us to appreciate the present moment. Start a gratitude journal and write down what you're thankful for each day. Focusing on the positives in your life can shift your perspective and foster a sense of contentment.

While the transition to autumn may evoke a sense of change and reflection, it also offers a chance for renewal and self-care. By embracing the sights, sounds, and flavours of Somerset, you can create a nurturing environment for your mental health and well-being. Remember that taking small, mindful steps can make a big difference in how you experience this beautiful season.

Stop Press! I've just heard I'm going to be an Ambassador for Invest Somerset!! I am so proud of this acknowledgement for the love of my home county. 

See you again in two weeks! Until then – Stay Safe and Be Kind.