Top four ways to beat the S.A.D. blues to a pumpkin spiced pulp

Written by: Louise Matthews

Hi, nice to see you. You’re looking well. But hey, it’s time to take a seat as we’ve got something important to tell you. No, seriously, sit down.

It’s Autumn now.

Shh. Sh. Look. It’s going to be okay.

Autumn is a great time to shake off the old and embrace the new. You’re obviously in need of a little inspiration for the change in seasons. Here are four great ways to get out, get moving and embrace the city around you. Put that razor away, pull your wooly socks up over your hairy knees and kick up some leaves like the spiky little hedgehog you are. 

It’s time to get inspired, feel refreshed and remain revitalised with our shiny new contributor Louise Matthews’ tips for staying well this Autumn in North London.

1. Pound the pavement

Camden Town is known for being one of the best places in London to find some of the most inspiring urban street art. 

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Portraying everything from well loved celebrities, current political issues as well as celebrating British culture.

With the changing autumn light and a crisp and autumnal backdrop there is no better time to grab your camera, whether that be your iPhone or something a little fancier, get out and get moving. Go capture the stunning contrast that the grit of our city provides whilst surrounded by the grasp of nature during the turn in season.

If you don’t fancy going it alone, get a little guidance with the Camden Street Art Tours, offering two hour walking tours with an expert who can show you some of the very best that the area has to offer. Without accidentally ending up treading water in the canal.

Tickets £35 | Book via their online calendar

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2. Stretch It Out In Your Local Park

Whatever the weather it’s so important to stay active if you want to keep yourself well. With the cooler weather and the beautiful backdrop that the changing colours of the autumnal season brings, finding your flow and embracing a little yoga and mindfulness in your local park could be just the answer.

Mindful Movements offer the perfect antidote to busy city life and an opportunity to connect to nature whilst stretching out those aching, weekday desk-bound limbs in one of their regular yoga classes in Finsbury Park.

Weather permitting, an outdoor session of Vinyasa Flow Yoga will leave you feeling energised and ready to embrace whatever the rest of the day decides to throw at you. They also offer indoor sessions to counteract the thrill and uncertainty of the Great British weather!

Introductory offer £35 for one months unlimited drop in classes.

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3. Learn Something New And Nourishing

Fresh and seasonal food is a vital part of keeping yourself well and energised and autumn usually brings with it a need for hearty, healthy nourishment.

If you’re not altogether confident when it comes to finding your way around the kitchen, or if you just feel it’s time to add a new skill to your culinary toolbox, then finding a local cookery class could be just the job for you. Learning how to cook or bake from scratch with fresh seasonal ingredients can be a great way to spend an autumnal afternoon.

Why not check out the Waitrose Cookery School on Finchley Road for inspiration. With an assortment of classes ranging from the basics of bread making to creating everything you need for your own Persian BBQ, this flagship location offers up full day, afternoon and evening courses to suit every taste and budget.

Book online | Prices vary depending on your chosen course

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4. Share your Sundays

Sunday’s can often drag, especially during the cooler months, leaving us feeling a little lacklustre and not at all inspired by the thought of an impending Monday morning. Finding a relaxing but inspiring way to spend a Sunday can really help lift your spirits and leave you feeling motivated for the new week ahead.

Why not really push the old fogey dust boat out and go to the Sunday Papers Live at Cecil Sharp House. Which is exactly what you might think it is. Once a month at Cecil Sharp House you’ll find armchairs, coffee and your newspaper personified in talks and workshops from experts on world news, food, fashion and more.

From the serious and topical to the downright fun and silly, expect top news stories and debates followed by a live enactment of the Sunday crossword or a chance to show your skills in the Sunday quiz. There’s even the mandatory Sunday roast and post-roast bloated stomach walk for after. Languish with a bottle of wine, take a guided walk on nearby Primrose Hill or grab yourself a free massage on your comfy sofa. Yes, you are

The next edition of Sunday Papers Live will take place on 30th October.

Tickets £35 | Kids go free

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Tonight, on this dull yet sweaty Monday, what you may well need is to show your confectionary based fillings to the ceiling and let it all out with a huge bellowing guffaw about nothing in particular. Let the likes of quick witted Josie Long, surreal twosome Max and Ivan and the downright uproarious Tom Parry help you escape the chocolate lacking reality of 2017.

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