How to beat the Edi autumn blues

Anyone else sick to death of the constant rain?

Edinburgh in autumn is unmatched in its beauty and variety of seasonal activities. It’s no wonder it’s the birthplace of Harry Potter and a regular feature on dark academia Pinterest.

Despite this, as we get deeper into October, and the sun sets earlier and the rain becomes more persistent, many of us mourn summer nights and long days on the meadows with more ice creams than responsibilities. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best ways to ensure your autumn in the city is just as fulfilling as your summer.

Here are some of my top tips for beating away those autumn blues:

Stop studying at home!

Too often I fall into the trap of retreating into the warmth and safety of my bedroom rather than dragging my flares through the puddles of Marchmont to the Main Library. However, it’s a slippery slope from my desk to my bed, and staying in your room all day is a recipe for having a bad day.

If the concrete jungle of George Square isn’t your vibe, head to one of Edinburgh’s far more picturesque study spots like New College or Old College to truly embrace the the dark academia aesthetic.

Take advantage of the tourist spots

Now that summer’s over and the Fringe tourists have finally left, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of Edinburgh’s many sightseeing opportunities. As the birthplace of Harry Potter, the city is full of spooky and autumnal spots that are perfect to explore during this time of year. Despite the depressing weather, relish in the fact you can cross North Bridge without elbowing tourists.

Go pumpkin picking

For the ultimate autumn experience head to Craigie’s farm with your friends and hunt down the biggest pumpkin to carve for a Halloween party or event. Make sure you book your tickets well in advance though as, understandably, they tend to sell out very fast.

Indulge in a hot chocolate

I think we’re all old and mature enough to understand that pumpkin-spiced lattes just aren’t that nice. The era of vegetable-based coffees is behind us and I encourage everyone to return to a timeless classic: the hot chocolate.

Maybe I’m biased but Edinburgh is the hot chocolate capital of the world. The Starbuck PSL WISHES it had the cultural impact of the Uplands Roast hot chocolate (with all the trimmings of course). Do yourself a favour a favour and buy yourself a cup of warm chocolatey goodness today.

Head to the Pentlands

To experience the beauty of Scotland in Edinburgh, head no further than the Pentlands. A quick bus journey out, or an even quicker car journey, the Pentlands remains one of the most gorgeous spots in Edinburgh and the perfect way so to spend a free Saturday and get some fresh air.

Watch the sunrise from Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill

Although the late sunrise can be depressing for those of us who have to wake up early, it does provide the perfect opportunity to climb up one of Edinburgh’s high points and watch it. Definitely a must do with flatmates or friends, but it can also be wonderful as a solo activity before class with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

Try and wake up at the same time every day

I’m the absolute worst for this. My alarm changes every day based on how much I have to do and whether I have a class in the morning. However, studies have shown that its hugely beneficial for both your physical and mental health to wake up at the same time every day: as well as making you feel more productive, waking up at the same time helps you get into a routine and may help you stop feeling so dead in the morning. You can even get apps that will wake up you within a half an hour window based on when you at your lightest phase of sleep.

Although most people feel a little more down as the weather gets cooler, it’s important to note that if you feel like you’re experiencing anything more severe than the autumn blues, do seek help. Make sure you contact your GP or call Samaritans on 116 123 or check out this page of student support resources.

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