• mahabis guide // embracing autumn

autumn // mahabis journalphoto: veronika sulinská

 

It’s that funny time of year, when there are still the odd warm days that delay you from packing away your summer clothes, but you can feel the chill in the air and sense that autumn is just around the corner. The thought of shorter days and colder weather might make you want to burrow beneath the duvet, but why not take inspiration from those who live in the Nordic countries and learn to embrace autumn?

Autumn doesn’t have to mean retreating indoors for the next eight months. Masters of hygge and fika, our Scandinavian peers have cold weather relaxation effortlessly sussed out, creating the perfect balance of keeping cosy indoors and bravely venturing outdoors to enjoy the fresh air. To the uninitiated, a Scandinavian autumn might evoke visions of snuggling up indoors surrounded by candles and blankets, but there’s so much more to learn about enjoying autumn the Nordic way.

 

autumn // mahabis journalphoto: via unsplash

 

We may feel dismayed at the thought of the clocks winding back and the days shrinking in length to just eight hours, but spare a thought for those who live further north for whom the sun will barely rise above the horizon during the winter months. But rather than pondering how they can cope with the long nights and cold air, those who live in the far north have learnt to think differently about their climate, and embrace the dark skies and cold winds.

Close knit Nordic communities find refuge from the worst of the weather in local coffee shops, making time to enjoy fika with friends. They head out into the wild weather to enjoy winter sports and activities such as skiing, snowboarding and sledging. They host festivals and celebrations at home and in public places, encouraging people to come together and enjoy that sense of winter cosiness together.

 

autumn // mahabis journalphoto: georg nietsch

 

Autumn is one of the most picturesque seasons, the skies emitting a soft light that shows off the natural environment to its best and providing the perfect conditions for photography. This may seem easier to appreciate in Nordic countries, where fjords and glaciers beckon, but you can appreciate the beauty of the season simply by strolling around your local park and admiring the autumnal hues. If the weather outside is crisp and clear, bundle up in your favourite autumn knits and head outdoors. Bundling up and admiring an autumn landscape can be just as soothing as lazing in a park during the warmer months.

 

autumn // mahabis journalphoto: via unsplash

 

There’s a reason why the likes of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland are often named among the happiest nations in the world. Their residents take what they have and make the most of it, embracing every season with aplomb. Festivities aren’t reserved for summer and Christmas, they are scattered evenly throughout the year, providing excuses for people to leave their homes or to invite others through their doors. People rarely spend their downtime in isolation, preferring to enjoy the company of others, a key ingredient for hygge and fika.

 

And so, at the start of autumn, as the temperatures begin to drop and the nights draw in, look forward to the season ahead. Plan all of the ways in which you will spend your downtime at home and outdoors, considering how you can share your relaxation time with others. By all means, stock up on candles and blankets – but ensure that you have enough room to welcome others into your home. And however miserable the weather gets, look forward to the breaks in the rain when you can venture outdoors and admire the leaves turning to rust.

 

autumn // mahabis journalphoto: via pixabay

mahabis guide // embracing autumn

autumn // mahabis journalphoto: veronika sulinská

 

It’s that funny time of year, when there are still the odd warm days that delay you from packing away your summer clothes, but you can feel the chill in the air and sense that autumn is just around the corner. The thought of shorter days and colder weather might make you want to burrow beneath the duvet, but why not take inspiration from those who live in the Nordic countries and learn to embrace autumn?

Autumn doesn’t have to mean retreating indoors for the next eight months. Masters of hygge and fika, our Scandinavian peers have cold weather relaxation effortlessly sussed out, creating the perfect balance of keeping cosy indoors and bravely venturing outdoors to enjoy the fresh air. To the uninitiated, a Scandinavian autumn might evoke visions of snuggling up indoors surrounded by candles and blankets, but there’s so much more to learn about enjoying autumn the Nordic way.

 

autumn // mahabis journalphoto: via unsplash

 

We may feel dismayed at the thought of the clocks winding back and the days shrinking in length to just eight hours, but spare a thought for those who live further north for whom the sun will barely rise above the horizon during the winter months. But rather than pondering how they can cope with the long nights and cold air, those who live in the far north have learnt to think differently about their climate, and embrace the dark skies and cold winds.

Close knit Nordic communities find refuge from the worst of the weather in local coffee shops, making time to enjoy fika with friends. They head out into the wild weather to enjoy winter sports and activities such as skiing, snowboarding and sledging. They host festivals and celebrations at home and in public places, encouraging people to come together and enjoy that sense of winter cosiness together.

 

autumn // mahabis journalphoto: georg nietsch

 

Autumn is one of the most picturesque seasons, the skies emitting a soft light that shows off the natural environment to its best and providing the perfect conditions for photography. This may seem easier to appreciate in Nordic countries, where fjords and glaciers beckon, but you can appreciate the beauty of the season simply by strolling around your local park and admiring the autumnal hues. If the weather outside is crisp and clear, bundle up in your favourite autumn knits and head outdoors. Bundling up and admiring an autumn landscape can be just as soothing as lazing in a park during the warmer months.

 

autumn // mahabis journalphoto: via unsplash

 

There’s a reason why the likes of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland are often named among the happiest nations in the world. Their residents take what they have and make the most of it, embracing every season with aplomb. Festivities aren’t reserved for summer and Christmas, they are scattered evenly throughout the year, providing excuses for people to leave their homes or to invite others through their doors. People rarely spend their downtime in isolation, preferring to enjoy the company of others, a key ingredient for hygge and fika.

 

And so, at the start of autumn, as the temperatures begin to drop and the nights draw in, look forward to the season ahead. Plan all of the ways in which you will spend your downtime at home and outdoors, considering how you can share your relaxation time with others. By all means, stock up on candles and blankets – but ensure that you have enough room to welcome others into your home. And however miserable the weather gets, look forward to the breaks in the rain when you can venture outdoors and admire the leaves turning to rust.

 

autumn // mahabis journalphoto: via pixabay
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