learning to relax

Ever since I can remember, I've enjoyed having downtime to myself. Maybe it's partly because I'm an introvert, but I love spending time alone. It's my chance to ruminate on my thoughts and feelings and rejuvenate. 

Before I moved to Florida, my alone time mostly consisted of playing piano and reading books. I've been playing piano since I was in elementary school, first by ear and later lesson, and I used to compose a lot as well. It was such a release for me, coming home at the end of the day in high school and running my fingers over the keys, getting lost in the world of music. It was an escape, a chance to enjoy and forget my stress. 

But of course, I can't bring my piano down here to me (yet). And while I still love reading books, being an English major makes it a little hard to enjoy leisure reading. I spend hours with my nose in various texts for classes, that at the end of the day, trying to focus my eyes on the words on a page can be tough and exhausting.

I learned how to knit when I was young, and it's become one of my favorite ways to spend my downtime. I'm not the neatest knitter, and I only know how to knit one kind of stitch, but it's therapeutic nonetheless. When I was little, it would take me weeks to finish a scarf, and now it takes only a few hours. It's so fun to see the results and I love having something to wear that I made. Besides, it's the perfect way to spend fall--cozy and warm. 

How do you relax? What do you enjoy doing in the fall for yourself?