Embracing Feelings of Autumn
“I come alive in the fall time.”
Doesn’t autumn feel nostalgic? There is something about the crisp autumn air that makes the days a little more magical. What is not often talked about though are the melancholy feelings of autumn. There is often this underlying feeling of sadness, that is difficult to put your finger on, like a longing for the summer months. There is an unsettled energy and a sense of urgency to get everything done before winter. The process is easier if you can embrace the full range of emotions that you’re feeling this during season.
Think about what happens during this season in nature. It’s a season of shedding leaves, preparation for winter, shortened days and early darkness. Just as the seasons go through their natural progression, we to tend to follow the cyclical seasons of nature.
By shedding what no longer serves you, you can use this season as a time of reflection. This can be the perfect time to evaluate what is working and what is not working in your life right now. Re-prioritize what is important to you. What are the things in your life that no longer serve you? Who are the people in your life who many no longer be supportive or additive in your life? What tasks are becoming more of a burden for you right now? Where in your life does it feel too cluttered? Are there any old beliefs that your would like to get rid of once and for all? Work on simplifying and releasing instead of piling on more and tolerating what you no longer want.
Consider autumn is a time to work on slowing down. You might be feeling less energetic and motivated. Get back on a schedule and follow a routine that works for you. Our bodies crave the repetitive and familiar. Make sure you’re getting extra sleep. The summer months probably kept you up late, this season, try to get the 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
Above all focus on feelings of gratitude, despite the often drastic changes eg weather.
Work on ways to feel more grounded
In contrast to summer’s more flighty energy, fall grounds us and brings us back to our roots. If you feel like you’re having a difficult time grounding and reconnecting to yourself and others, try to incorporate more grounding activities and awesome grounding foods.
Ways to practice self-care and ground this fall:
• Take a walk in nature
• Clean out your closets and drawers
• Take time to journal and reflect
• Practice meditation or relaxation exercises
• Light candles
• Try a new recipe
• Start a gratitude journal
• Take an Epsom salt bath
• Look through photos from the summer
• Reflect on how far you have come
• Root veggies (carrots, parsnips, beets, sweet potatoes and white potatoes)
• Squash (Acorn, spaghetti squash, pumpkin, butternut)
• Warm soups and stews
• Hearty grains (oatmeal, buckwheat, barley, quinoa)
• Warming coffee and tea
Falling In Love With Autumn Quotes
Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.
Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree. – Emily Bronte –
Fall is the time when nature dresses in its many beautiful colors. – Laura Coffman –
The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider” – Jane Hirshfield-
The sheet bliss of autumn is the delight of watching the leaves in their final dance.
A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.
And all at once, summer collapsed into fall – Oscar Wilde –
How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. – John Burrows –
September tries its best to have us forget summer.
– Bernard Williams –
Happy September! May the crisp days ahead fill you with joy!
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