Five Ways to Transition into Fall By: Allie Barone
- Friday, October 5, 2018
- Posted by Krisanne Butler in Lifestyle
Let’s face it, summer is over. While we had an amazing summer filled with great weather, backyard BBQ’s, and beach days it is now officially fall, and time to transition into the season with grace. Many of us feel the effects of the transition. Depression, anxiety, fatigue, a sense of urgency, and brain fog are all common at this time of year, but it does not have to be your story. Here are five ways to transition gracefully into the Fall.
We enjoyed fresh fruits and vegetables in all forms over the summer, and probably ate many cooling foods and beverages. As the weather gets cooler, it is time yet again to transition our diets into more warming foods, and beverages. An excellent way to ensure that you are eating seasonally is to shop for produce at a local farm stand where you are getting the freshest fruits and veggies. Signing up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a great way to get in the habit of eating locally. Through the next few months expect foods like parsnips, squash, pumpkins, cranberries, potatoes, and brussel sprouts. These foods are amazing in soups and stews, and when combined with warming spices (think cinnamon, pepper, garlic, and ginger). It is also the perfect time of year to enjoy hot beverages such as apple cider, tea, hot toddies, and coffee. Eating seasonally will help you to balance your nervous system and give your body exactly the kind of energy it needs during the colder months.
We have all heard of Spring Cleaning, but the fall is an equally ideal time of the year to do a major house cleanse. Start with your closet and store any summer clothes that you no longer need day to day. The best way to stay organized and know what you have to wear is to keep the items in your wardrobe minimal. Only articles of clothing that fit, you enjoy wearing, and are season appropriate should be in your closet or dresser. This makes it that much easier to get dressed in the morning. Once you have organized your clothes, go through your house and determine what items you love, and actually need versus what has just collected over time. In the spirit of giving, donate old items to your favorite local charity as a way to give back as you cleanse. Be sure to include your pantry in this clean-out phase, as we can collect many miscellaneous items that will sit for years, while others in need may get great use out of them now. Call upon the spirit of the trees who shed their leaves every fall in order to allow new growth in the spring. The season is telling us it is time to let go!
When was the last time you re-evaluated your goals? This is the perfect time to check in with yourself and see how many of the goals on your list from January you have achieved. Reward yourself for the goals you have achieved and find new motivation to use the last few months of the year to complete any unfinished business. You have new goals heading into fall? Create your list by writing down the results you want to see, rather than just a laundry list of things “to-do” You will be more motivated to see the results become a reality in your life, than you would be if you had to look at a daunting to-do list. Make your goal-setting ritual an enjoyable time, paired with some quiet and your favorite calming beverage. Maybe use something you want to do instead as a reward for when your goal-setting is finished. For example, watching that new episode of the tv show you want to watch can be a reward for having finished your goal setting. Be specific and set timelines for your list!
Create New Daily Habits
Kids are back in school, many people are back at their desks, and it time to switch up the routine! Summer is super fun, but can also be chaotic, and tough to stick to a schedule. With fall comes more routine, and stability. This can be a great time to create a new morning flow for yourself or instill daily habits throughout your day! While you are creating your goals for the fall, also take time to think about what your new daily routine should look like. This can be as simple as one new habit you would like to establish (such as waking up early to exercise before the kids get up), or an entire morning routine. Be sure to make your routine full of healthy habits that you want to create, and that you can enjoy. This is not a time to punish yourself, but rather to create some sacred time for yourself! Get creative, look to others for inspiration, but remain true to your goals and values!
Enjoy Fall Activities
This is the easy part! Enjoy all of the fall activities you are surrounded with at this time of year! Take the family to Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury for a day of Apple Picking, cider, and (obviously) donuts! Have a pumpkin picking and carving party with your friends. Get excited about Halloween! Decorate the front of your house with fall florals and bring the colors of autumn into your decorating. Have fun with it! Maybe it will be a pumpkin spice latte that brightens up your day. Whatever fall activity you choose to enjoy, know that you are transitioning into the season with intention and choosing to enjoy it for all it has to offer!