Hello, human. Happy Fall!
Seasonal changes are a beautiful time. They can also hold many unexpected challenges and changes. Approaching a new time in the year, your life, your work, or your business with the mindset that you can use it to grow, reset, and prepare can help you relax and enjoy. Take time to proactively address the changes and challenges in your life this Fall.
Seasons of Change
Despite the signs in the leaves, the changing of the months, and the seasonal merchandise hitting shelves in stores, I believe that we feel the coming of Fall within ourselves without needing much help from our surroundings. Winter is a time for really journeying inward and often times we’re ready for it, but Fall can be a tough season to work through. We may feel there’s more in our life and work that we want to accomplish this late into the year. Other times, we may find ourselves physically and emotionally drained and Winter can’t come fast enough.
The beauty of Fall is that it’s a season of transition. We don’t need to be in any particular place at this time, but rather, just like the changing leaves, can take a step back and allow ourselves to slowly ease into the change we want to see. There are a number of things we can do and practices we can take up to make this slow transition easier.
“Just like the changing leaves, take a step back and allow yourself to slowly ease into the change you want to see.”Rose Carrie
Transition in Action
Below are three ways you can set yourself up for a smooth and enjoyable transition this Fall. As you try and implement various practices in your life, remember that change is not always expected and it is not always negative. If you take the time to slow down and reflect on the events in your life and work, you will find that the changes you have planned and come across unexpectedly are that much easier to address.
Spend Time in Nature
We’ve mentioned the changing leaves. Spending time outside and in nature is not only one of the best ways to clear your mind and reconnect with yourself, but it can also be a wonderful place for contemplation and problem-solving. Taking walks in the Fall are different than those in the Spring and Summer because we’re moving out of a time of excitement and action and into a time of hibernation, so to speak. Knowing that Winter is on its way gives us the opportunity to soak in as much of the world around us as possible before the skies turn darker and the days get shorter.
Change Your Surroundings
I’m not talking about traveling to different cities or moving. A change in your surroundings could be something as simple as changing the scented candle you used throughout the Summer, replacing bright colors with more earthy tones around your home or office/work area, or start transitioning your wardrobe to match the changes outside. While the changes themselves may seem small, the effects they can have can be great.
While there are a lot of things we can do on our own to ease into the transition of Fall, sometimes nothing beats talking to another person about the goals we have, struggles we’re facing, victories we’re experiencing, and finding ways to take our life and work to the next level.
Find a friend or relative that you are comfortable and can be open with and that you think might benefit from and enjoy moving through this Fall transition with you. Suggest getting together in person or setting up calls this Fall to keep in touch as you both wrap up Summer projects, prepare for the slower pace of Winter, and narrow in on your end of the year goals.
Start Now and Share!
Do you have a change or goal you are anticipating? Do you need to slow down to reconnect with yourself or reassess your current situations? Share your plans for Fall in the comments below and let us know if you use these or any other practices to embrace this time of transition!