Make the most of autumn and really get out there and enjoy it. We’ve got a month of feel good activities to help you grab the happy this October.
1 – invite a friend for tea and cake
Catch up with a friend and enjoy a cuppa, a slice of cake and a good gossip. It’s good for the soul.
2 – buy yourself flowers
Don’t wait, get your own. Pick up a bunch of beautiful blooms and take time to arrange them nicely in a pretty vase or just grab yourself some jam jar flowers.
3 – have a duvet TV night
Snuggle up on the sofa with your duvet, watch Saturday night TV with the kids and tuck into a dish of salted caramel ice-cream with smashed Maltesers.
4 – bubbles & face mask
Have a mini spa night, treat yourself to a deep, hot bubble bath, and a cleansing face mask. Take time for yourself.
5 – make soup
6 – go out for coffee
Call in at that coffee shop you’ve been meaning to try out. Go alone or meet a friend. And treat yourself to cake.
7 – write a letter
Send a friend a card, for no reason other than just because it’s a nice thing to do.
8 – read a new book
Whether you buy yourself a new book, or borrow one from a friend or local library. Curl up on a chair and indulge in a little cosy reading.
9 – clothes swap
Invite the girls around for the evening – all bring clothes and accessories you no longer want and have a clothes swap, gossip and fab girly night.
10 – candlelit dinner
Treat your someone special to a candlelit dinner. If cooking isn’t your thing then that’s what the ‘dine in for £10’ meal deals are for.
11 – go walking
Get outdoors and go for a really long walk in the countryside. Take the train to some place new, explore and enjoy the fresh air.
12 – food parcel
Take time to buy a few essentials and drop them at the local food bank.
13 – new magazine
Buy a magazine you don’t usually read, something a bit new, get your feet up and flick through the pages, you might discover a new interest or hobby.
14 – watch a film
Treat yourself to the time to watch a film. Maybe a few nibbles…. nachos and dips, or turn it into movie night and watch back to back films for hours, just because you can.
15 – random act of kindness
Sometimes it’s nice to be kind, it feels good inside.
16 – new food
Try out a completely new food, something you’ve never had before, live a little, be adventurous.
17 – ride a bike
Get outdoors and go for a really long bike ride, you could take a picnic, just throw together some baguettes, soft cheese, a few English apples, maybe some cake. If you’ve not got a bike then hire one – head over to the National Trust and find a place local to you.
18 – indulgent hot chocolate
Whisk up a mug of totally indulgent hot chocolate. We love a creamy peanut butter hot chocolate… just so utterly delicious.
19 – pamper yourself
Treat yourself to a nourishing hair treatment or face mask, set aside time just for you for a little pamper session. Or even nip for a spa treatment if the budget allows.
20 – bake a cake
With Great British Bake Off temptingly showing off delicious baked goods every week. What better treat than to head to the kitchen and bake a yummy cake. Go seasonal with a squash cake topped with a cream cheese frosting. Or indulge in a huge chocolate cake creation.
21 – upcycling project
Upcycling is the in thing at the moment. Whether you opt for a little shabby chic paint project or decide to rejuvenate an old outfit, perhaps with new buttons. Give it a go and breath new life into something old and tatty.
22 – clear out
Get the cupboards organised and pack up anything you no longer want, need or love. Anything that’s still in good condition just drop at the local charity shop or recycling centre. Tidy cupboards are a happy thing and a good declutter is a very happy thing!
23 – volunteer
Whether it’s spending an hour at the kids school listening to little readers, helping out at the PTA events or just giving your time to a local charity. It feels good to spend a little time giving something back.
24 – proper family Sunday dinner
Invite the family and cook up a proper roast dinner with all the trimmings, followed by a huge pudding and custard. Spend time sat around the table and chatting to those who mean the most to you.
25 – music evening
Chill out, put on some relaxing music, light some scented candles and just relax.
26 – go blackberry picking
It’s free, it’s easy and just think of the crumble and custard… Grab the blackberry picking guide here.
27 – be a tourist in your own town
Spend the day mooching around your town, popping in the museums and galleries, picking up something nice for lunch, maybe a little shopping.
28 – fresh bedding
Nothing beats slipping between the sheets on a bed made up with freshly washed and line dried bedding. One of life’s simple pleasures.
29 – crafting with the kids
With Halloween at the end of he month, spending the afternoon with the kids making Halloween decorations is a good thing – discover your inner child and have fun putting together some spooky crafts. Check out our Halloween Celebration section for inspiration.
30 – try something new
Have a go at something completely new, maybe a new sport or exercise class, or a new craft, join the WI or other local group. Push yourself out of your comfort zone!
31 – charity shop bargain hunting
Take time out to visit a few charity shops, have a good rummage around, maybe pick up a quirky bargain or two. Perhaps find yourself an upcycling project or throw together a bargain outfit.