It’s officially fall, everyone! A time for pumpkin spice lattes, carving jack-o-lanterns, golden leaves, crisp and windy days, and annual harvest festivals.
While many Colorado residents are vaccinated, there are still some that are not. There are also reports of breakthrough cases of the virus. Many people are still cautious about doing activities out in the community, for fear of contracting the virus. However, you don’t need to worry or feel left out this fall, there are many COVID safe activities that are happening this year.
Here are 10 COVID-19 safe fall activities, designed with your mental health and wellness in mind.
1. Create Fall Themed Art
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Whether you are painting the changing leaves, or knitting a scarf, creating autumnal collages, or writing a spooky Halloween story, creating fall themed art is a fantastic way to enjoy the season. This activity can be done in the community or at home depending on your preference and your comfort level.
Art can be a tool for deeper self-awareness, self-acceptance, and compassionate connection with the world around us. It allows us to remain connected and present in the moment. This fall connect with your inner artist and exercise mindfulness by creating art based on the season.
2. Keep A Fall Gratitude Journal
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Journal everything you’re thankful for this fall season and see how you feel as time progresses. You can journal at home, or in nature, or even at work. Find a few things, big or small, that you can be grateful for and write them down. There are many scientific studies that have shown writing is a restorative and empowering tool for personal growth.
According to Bridget Murray of the American Psychological Association, “By helping people manage and learn from negative experiences, writing strengthens their immune systems as well as their minds.”
Carry the gratitude you have written with you as you go about your daily routines. Keep track of any changes that you feel while you are writing. At the end of the season, you may find that you are grateful that you started this process.