The changing leaves and crisper morning air can only mean one thing: autumn has arrived here in the D.C. area. If you are looking to make the most of this season on your own or with your senior loved one, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite activities to enjoy during the next few months. Remember, CaringGivers provides household help in Washington, D.C., and beyond, meaning our caregivers are here to accompany you on any of your fall-inspired activities.
How many of our favorite seasonal activities can you mark off your list this year? Remember, getting out and about can help fight off feelings of isolation; just be sure to socially distance and wear a mask to stay safe.
Go On a Colorful Drive
Skip the crowded hiking trails and get your fix of colorful leaves by jumping in the car and driving instead. To make the experience feel extra seasonal, grab your favorite hot drink from a local coffee shop before heading out. Point out extra beautiful foliage while you are out.
Make a Seasonal Drink
Speaking of favorite hot drinks, you can make your own at home and feel like a barista. Try mulled cider in the crockpot, a homemade chai latte, or pumpkin spiced coffee. Make one or taste test all three to find your favorite. Don’t want to spend the time in the kitchen? Try flavored coffee or store-bought flavored creamer for a delicious treat without the extra work.
Decorate a Pumpkin
It’s not too late to decorate a pumpkin, and if you choose to skip carving this year, a pumpkin display can stay up through Thanksgiving. You can find unique colors and shapes at your local grocery store, farmer’s market, or pumpkin patch. Try arranging them on the porch or mantle. If you are feeling extra creative, decorate using push pins or paint.
Start a Gratitude Journal
It’s the perfect season to start cultivating an attitude of thankfulness. You can make a goal to start a gratitude journal, writing down a few things each day that you are thankful for. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how this simple practice improves your overall mood, and how quickly you see the difference.
A comfort food staple for the fall, soup is also an easy recipe to attempt whether you are a beginner or expert chef. Try a hearty vegetable soup to use up the extra items in your fridge, a spicy chili, or your favorite recipe. Make a double batch to share with a neighbor or to freeze so you can enjoy it another time.
Read or Listen to an Audiobook
Autumn offers the perfect weather for snuggling up with a good book. Check out one from your local library or listen to an audiobook on your smartphone. You have the choice of your favorite genre, but a family inspired novel or nature-based poetry can feel especially timely.
Stay Stress-Free with Household Help in Washington, D.C.
The fall can feel a bit stressful as it leads up to the holiday season. You might be feeling extra anxious this year too thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Allow the team at CaringGivers to assist you with your bucket list items and your daily household tasks. We would love to serve you in this way. Call us to tell us more about your situation.
Here’s to a happy and safe fall!