Fall in Love This Fall

As the hot days transition into fall, it’s easy for the heat of summertime flings to fade along with the temperature. Even though the weather is cooling off, your love life can be heating up. Explore the ways that you can use this season to reignite your emotions and fall into love. Build your relationship and add sparks to your romance using these strategies. If you take advantage of this transition season to deepen your connection, you just might find yourself taking someone home for the holidays.

Look Good, Feel Good

You’ve heard it before: you have to love yourself before you can love anyone else. It’s easy to focus on self-care during the summer when we’re concerned about our bikini bodies and sun-kissed looks. Don’t let the weather keep you from getting outside and exercising. If you can’t be outdoors, go break a sweat at the gym, pull back your hair, and meet your beau at dinner. Exercise releases endorphins, and usually within five minutes after working out, you experience a mood-enhancing effect. Carry this positivity over with you into your relationship and watch the ripple effect. Another trouble we face during the transition into fall is re-experiencing the monotony of life. During the summer, everything seems bold, spontaneous, and exciting. As the sizzle slows itself down, it’s easy to feel bored or under-stimulated, and to begin increasingly relying on another person’s company. To counteract this, try to develop a fulfilling routine that might involve mindful breathing, enjoying a hobby, or embracing nature. When you’re more content with yourself, your significant other won’t feel as if you depend on him for your happiness.

Fall in Love This Fall

Explore Opportunities for New Dates

Of course we all love lazy summer mornings and afternoons spent lying on the beach, but fall offers so many new and exciting opportunities for dates. For one, it’s just in time for one of the best holidays of the year—Halloween—and everybody knows couples Halloween costumes are twice the fun. Plus, all the adorable, picturesque dates take place in the fall—pumpkin patches, apple picking, hayrides. Football is in full swing, and since you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Take advantage of an opportunity to deepen your bond and learn his interests by going to a game together. Be sure to bring something warm to huddle under as well as a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee. The colder temperatures call for the glow of firelight; throw down some blankets in front of the fireplace and spend time in each other’s company getting to know one another better. If you’re feeling nostalgic for those summer nights, break out the old s’mores kit and have an indoor campout. Candles make everything better, and the scents of pumpkin spice and cinnamon complete the mood. Watch scary movies just so you can hold his hand, and rejoice in the marathons of classic films on all your favorite cable channels.

Embrace the Final Warmth

Embrace the Final Warmth

Whereas summer was likely filled with fun and distractions, autumn is the perfect time to reconnect with each other and fall deeper in love. Orange is everywhere and everything seems to be coated in glowing sepia tone. With Netflix’s newest and the resurgence of Disney channel originals, it’s hard not to feel that warm, special feeling. Unwinding from the craziness of the months prior is tranquil and calming, and even more special when you have someone to enjoy the down time with. Soak in all the sunshine before getting ready to hibernate for winter by spending your remaining warm days outside and appreciating the beautiful, changing leaves. As the months cool off and you begin to retreat to longer days at the office and favorite throw blankets, your boy can feel like the warm, cozy totem you can’t wait to cuddle at the end of an (already dark) day. During the winter you might start to experience cabin fever or feel the stress from the holidays, so take advantage of this time to embrace both sides of the fall transition.