With Christmas just around the corner, lots of us are looking to cut down our spending to save for the indulgent time of year. We were shocked to read last week that most people in the UK eat only one portion of fruit and veg every day - and all too often the reason is cost, according to research by the National Charity Partnership.
It's been a week since The Great British Bake Off final, and a new study from National Accident Helpline shows that one in four people haves been inspired to bake more. But, baking enthusiasts might not be reaching 'star baker' standard every time, as two thirds of people say they've injured themselves whilst baking or cooking.
Autumn is a wonderful time to set new intentions for self-care and regarded as a time to pull our energy inward to prepare for winter. Autumn is about layering up and slowing down. It's normal during this transition to feel a sense of loss as the light fades so cultivating balance is key during any transition.
In addition to the objects of our desires becoming far more interested in the sharing of our suddenly precious body heat surpluses (and the acts of depravity that inevitably accompany it) we also benefit from body heat and bulk as regards our own comfort- as comedian Dara O Briain puts it, we "winter well".
Get up and push yourself out of the door because you've seen some interesting light. Leave your bed or your good book for later. Venturing out for exploration will always be rewarding. Don't let the cold weather keep you inside; shake up your body and your mind and go and find something extraordinary.
Maybe that's what was interesting about Halloween for me this year: that the extremes of fancy dress just show us up for what we are, imposters riddled with status anxiety and insecurity, so busy playing tricks for an invisible crowd that we forget to notice the treats which lie apart from those seductive, backlit screens.
Whilst more snuggle time is lovely, it doesn't always help you feel better. You and your children need exercise and fresh air to feel energised and time outdoors in daylight is very important for beating winter blues and helping tackle SAD. So how can you fight that urge to hibernate and keep those kids active outdoors instead?