As the now infamous motto of House Stark declares in Game of Thrones, winter is coming.

It now seems like an eternity has passed since the Summer solstice here in the UK, the nights are definitely drawing in and there is an Autumnal edge to the air in a morning.

It’s hard to believe that it is still technically Summer time here, as the mist hangs over the hills in rural England and the leaves start to turn.

Inevitably many of us start to feel a little despondent at this time of year as the end of Summer blues set in and we fail to see the appeal of Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, afternoons spent curled up watching Netflix and big chunky knit sweaters. As much as I love all of these things (and despite being a Winter baby) I constantly crave the heat of the sun on my skin, the feeling of sand between my toes and adventure.

Coming back from Warmer climes, the end of Summer blues are real for me and there are a few things that I always do to help make the transition into Autumn/Winter a little bit easier.

Live the Summer life – There is no unwritten rule that states that your favourite Summer Salad cannot be enjoyed as soon as the first leaves fall, that your favourite Summer attire should be banished to the back of your wardrobe or that you should instantly become a hermit and banish yourself behind closed doors.

Instead of leaving all of the things that you love about summer behind, take them into autumn with you. Wear that awesome skirt you picked up in the sales with a pair of tights instead, go for brunch at your favourite spot or simply make your favourite Summer inspired meal at home. The sense of longing that we feel at the end of the season isn’t just for the extra sunshine, warm weather or longer days, it’s for all of the things that we leave behind.

So take things forward with you.

Reset, Refocus & Reprioritise – Set yourself some new goals to reach for, after all, many of us spend weeks and months preparing for our Summer vacays. We all work towards something before we head away, be it an aesthetic, financial or work based goal, so why not set some for the rest of the year too?

Sit down and think about what is important to you, what you want to achieve and what will make you happiest as this year comes to an end. What can you do to make this your best year yet?

Getaway – Plan a trip somewhere and give yourself something to look forward to. It doesn’t have to be somewhere warm or exotic, it doesn’t have to be more than a single night away, but an adventure on the horizon will give you some light to look forward to on the darkest and coldest of days.

Create a list of places you want to go, things you want to do before next Summer arrives and keep it somewhere that you can see daily.

Tick them off as you go and make Autumn/ Winter 2017 one to remember.

Life is for living, so get out there and leave the blues to the skies above.