Nature’s Guide to Cozy Season

By Faran Krentcil, Fact checked by Jessica Ochoa

2 min read

Woman holding warm mug of tea

Fall means crisp winds, crunching leaves, and the chance to finally (!) wear your favorite vintage boots. But as the weather adjusts, your body and mind need to make some changes, too. Here’s how to ease into Fall the way nature does—with more color, less heat, and (yes) a lot of pumpkin.

FOR YOUR BODY: COLD YOGA

Fall represents a shift in temperature, but you can—and should!—keep exercising outside. If you’re a hiker or runner, you’re likely already getting mileage in the wind (and even the rain). But you can also take your yoga mat outside for a session, because studies show when the temperature goes down, workout benefits both go up. Plus, you’ll be training your body to breathe deep in colder weather.

FOR YOUR SLEEP: DITCH THE SHADES

As the weather gets colder, we get less light—and when we get less light, our bodies feel more sluggish. To keep your sleep-wake cycle on track this fall, try one simple step: Head outside for a morning walk, and leave your sunglasses at home. You’ll be giving your brain a signal that it’s time to wake up, and you’ll get the full experience of seeing peak fall foliage in full color. 

Apples

FOR YOUR SNACKS: CINNAMON APPLE GRANOLA

Step 1: Pick up some vitamin-packed apples (or pick them yourself) at a local farm. Step 2: Add seasonal fiber like rolled oats, toasted pumpkin seeds, and local honey, which can help detox and destress the body. Step 3: Dust in some cinnamon, a superfood that helps clear blood sugar. So yes, it’s good for you and uses seasonal ingredients provided by nature. But also? This stuff is delicious. 
Our Pick (Recipe): Ahead of Thyme’s Cinnamon Apple Granola
Our Pick (Premade): Tucker & Co. Small Batch Cinnamon Apple Granola

FOR YOUR SKIN: PLANT BUTTER

Wind, rain, and you’re still ISO the perfect selfie? It’s possible with the right plant-based skincare, especially if you’re using “plant butter.” The creamy natural extracts come from vitellaria trees (shea butter), wild hazel blossoms (jojoba oil), and coconut milk, and help keep moisture inside the skin barrier… which keeps you looking super-glowy. 
Our Pick: Naked Coconut Oil Solid Body Bar, $10 at Lush

FOR YOUR SWEATERS:

Knives Out 2 is happening, and so are these Chris Evans sweaters (that just so happen to be recycled and regenerative). ENJOY