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Hey there – Lily-Jo here! 

I hope you all are well and had a fantastic summer. 

As the seasons change and we approach autumn, here are my top tips on how to maintain good mental health by using my A.U.T.U.M.N. acronym. 

Maintaining good mental health using the A.U.T.U.M.N. acronym 

A – Ask for support

Remember – sharing is caring! Asking for support doesn’t make you weak, it strengthens your relationships and gives others the chance to help you – just like I’m sure you help them! 

Further resources on opening up and asking for support: 

U – Up your nutrition

Eating seasonal vegetables that are readily available throughout the season does wonders for our health. Try a pumpkin or sweet potato recipe for a boost in Vitamin C, which supports your immune system. 

Further resources to help you maintain a balanced, nutritious diet: 

T – Talk about how you are feeling

Who do you trust? Get in touch with them and book some time with your closest people. We are all mad busy – but even if you can’t meet in person for a few weeks time, you’ll have something nice to look forward to. 

Further resources to help you talk about your feelings: 

U – (Get) Under a duvet 

Pull those extra blankets, cozy socks and water bottles out from storage – and get cosy. As the darker nights approach, embrace the cosiness autumn has to offer. 

Further resources to help you get cozy and relax: 

M – Maintain relationships  

Don’t forget to connect and have fun with those closest to you. Autumn can sometimes be an isolating time as everyone goes into their homes to hibernate. Make sure you balance the cozy season with some fun in the mix. 

Further resources on maintaining relationships: 

N – Nature connection

Wrap up in waterproofs, wellie boots, and your warm coats and explore nature where you live. I even got my scarf out of the cupboard this morning! Getting out under the clouds can still boost your wellbeing and provide you with perspective. 

Further resources to help you connect with nature: 

Final Thoughts

Remember – if you are really struggling with your mental health this autumn, it’s best to seek help sooner rather than later. 

If you are looking for regular 1-1 counselling, you can always reach out to me at hello@unstoppablelifecoaching.org

If you are in crisis and need immediate support, there are a number of different helplines available here in the UK:

You can also always explore our self-help resource here at The Lily-Jo Project, which features top tips, personal stories, and practical advice for maintaining good mental health. 


About the Author: Lily-Jo

Lily-Jo is a qualified mental health counsellor, counselling supervisor, and senior coach at Unstoppable Life Coaching. She is also the founder of mental health organisation, The Lily-Jo Project, which is a platform devoted to using the power of music to educate, equip,

and empower people of all ages to take control of their mental health.

In 2023, she released her debut book Talking To Children About Mental Health, which focuses on the unique challenges that gen z and gen alpha are facing and how adults can help them.

You can catch Lily-Jo on her podcast or stay connected on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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