Our guide to a healthy, happy, stress-free fall

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Fall is a wonderful time of year with milder weather, Halloween high jinks, and thoughts of future holiday gatherings with family.

But it’s the fall of the pandemic — our third — and vacation planning still isn’t as easy or carefree as we’d like. Many of us are asking the same questions we did three years ago about travel and meeting safety with friends and family. Add in inflation, rising food and travel prices, and the November election, and fall suddenly feels like fall pressure.

But you don’t need to press the pause button on the fall. Here’s a simple road map to make the best of it.

The good news is that although the virus has changed, there is no advice to stay safe. Get vaccinated, get your booster shot, wear a mask in crowded places, and use home tests to keep your holiday gatherings from spreading. When making plans, think about the most vulnerable person in your orbit and adjust plans to keep them as safe as possible. We’ve got a new guide to the latest research on Covid-19 booster shots. And learn how regular exercise can make your Covid shot more effective.

Flu and other respiratory viruses are swarming hospitals. Get your flu shot today. Like Covid, the flu can lead to hospitalization and death. And in some cases, flu can lead to long flu, a chronic illness similar to long covid.

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As we learned this month from Brain Matters columnist Richard Sima, haunted houses and scary movies can be a lot of fun. Our By the Way team has found 11 of the scariest places you can travel to. You might want to invest in a 9½-foot animatronic werewolf to make your home the weirdest on the block. Our Home You Own team has tips to turn your home into “that crazy Halloween house” this year. Climate reporter Allison Chiu has tips for making more socially conscious Halloween candy choices. There’s six Halloween cocktail extravaganzas for adults and a gruesome ‘fright-cutery’ severed hand for those who want to serve up Halloween’s creepy food.

Consider outdoor heating.

Outdoor heaters and lamps sell out quickly. If you’re concerned about indoor gatherings or family members are at increased risk, it’s never too early to plan for outdoor social events, even in cold weather. Gathering around the fire pit or on the patio warmed by outdoor heaters can be a highlight of the holiday. We have a guide to warming up your outdoor space for entertaining. Wirecutter has tips for the best outdoor heaters.

Plan your fall holiday travel as early as possible.

Air fares are already on the rise. The By The Way team breaks it down with advice for holiday travel planning. And since covid is still here, check your tickets to make sure you can adjust your flights if someone gets infected with the corona virus. Although masks are no longer required on airplanes, you’re better off wearing one as different coronavirus variants are circulating and Covid cases are expected to rise this fall and winter.

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The fall season is underway. If you’ve already signed up for the marathon, you can read our 26.2 tips to help you finish. You can use the tips for any race, including a relay race with friends, or plan to run a local turkey trot.

Consider a mostly vegetarian Thanksgiving.

A devastating bird flu has wiped out turkey flocks across the country, and experts predict turkey prices will rise by 20 percent per pound or more. Buying a small bird (or no bird at all) and raising side dishes. We’ve got you covered with the Extreme: Plant Powered Newsletter. Check out tips for getting the most out of fall root vegetables and creating some delicious fall soups.

Make a political plan for the dinner table.

‘Tis the season for family conversations. Teddy Amenabar has advice on how to navigate differing political views among close family and friends. A surprising tip: Don’t have these conversations at the Thanksgiving table. It ruins a good meal and achieves nothing but hurt feelings. Read on for 9 tips to defuse false claims made by friends and family.

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We asked what “aging well” looks like, and more than 500 readers responded. But one idea kept coming back – aging is a lifelong process, so start thinking about aging well when you’re young.

“Once you hit 40, you have to realize that the body doesn’t respond to the environment the way it did in your 20s,” writes Michelle Justiniano, 54, of Hampton, Va. “We all want to be young. , but realistically, the body wasn’t designed to be. ‘Aging well’ means we’re still alive to read that book, hike that hiking trail, and eat that late-night dessert. For me, staying positive and optimistic after reality hits is true. key.

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