5 things to do when the clocks go back

It can be a turning point for many of us when the clocks back in autumn and finding things to do in winter can seem a struggle.

While the extra hour in bed feels nice at the time, the darker mornings and shorter days can quickly outweigh any bedtime benefits.

But there’s no need to despair. While we may naturally end up spending more time indoors at this time of year, it offers the perfect opportunity to try something new.

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite things to do once the clocks go back to keep you entertained and boost your wellbeing throughout the chillier months.  

Things to do in winter

Learn a new recipe

Autumn is abundant in its offering of seasonal produce, so make the most of it by learning a new recipe.

Nico Ghirlando’s mackerel recipe (served with a warm blackberry and watercress purée) is a colourful autumnal dish. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, mackerel is a wellbeing wonder. Omega-3 fatty acids improve skin, prevent heart disease and may even boost memory.

Or, if thoughts are already beginning to turn to – dare we say it – Christmas, now could be the perfect time to start honing your festive menu.

We’ve an abundance of festive recipes online from mixed-berry pavlova, to traditional Christmas pudding, but don’t miss the special festive issue of Liz Earle Wellbeing, which goes on sale from 6 November 2019.

Make a new craft

It can be tempting to reach for chocolate and snacks on darker evenings, but keep yourself busy by learning a new craft.

We’ve plenty of ideas online – autumnal favourites include a simple-but-effective foraged leaf bowl, or these fun ideas for autumnal flower arrangements.

You could even get ahead of the game and starting making some beautiful and personal gifts for Christmas. Our homemade lavender body scrub and lavender pillow mist make a thoughtful present that’s perfect for a bit of at-home pampering.

Take a bath

Baths in the summertime just don’t seem quite as satisfying as they do on a chilly evening. As the nights draw in, nothing can be more comforting than slipping into a warm bath at the end of the day.

Follow our tips for our easy DIY rose petal milk bath for the ultimate bathtime relaxation and find more bath-time DIYs here.

Care for wildlife

The colder months can be tough for our wildlife friends, so help them out this winter by getting crafty from the comfort of your own home.

Our simple homemade bird feeders are a really easy way to ensure winged visitors have a plentiful supply of feed to see them through chilly times.

Creepy crawlies are essential for keeping a happy, healthy and thriving eco-system in your garden, so help them out this winter by making a bug hotel. This luxury accommodation offers bugs the perfect place to shelter throughout the colder months – it’s also really fun to make with kids.

Take care of your skin

Winter doesn’t just bring with it bad weather – it can be bad news for your skin too. The colder air can be drying for our skin, so take some time to look after yourself throughout the colder months.

We’ve got top tips online for taking care of brittle nails or try our super easy at-home manicure for dry hands.

Read more like this