For many of us, the switch from summer to autumn comes as rather an abrupt, and frankly unwelcome, change. The long, lazy, relaxed days of summer are suddenly replaced with cooler weather, darker evenings, thick jumpers and a return to the hectic routine of school runs, longer working hours and a million and one jobs to get done.
This sudden shift can leave us feeling pretty overwhelmed as we struggle to adjust to all these swift changes at once and we can quickly begin to feel our energy levels going down and our stress levels going up.
If you're feeling the effects of this seasonal stress however, there are plenty of things you can do to counteract it. Here are a few suggestions to help you lift your mood and embrace the autumn!
Enjoy The Changing Seasons
Whilst it can be hard to say goodbye to summer, autumn can be rather wonderful too. It's true that the days are getting shorter but that's all the more reason to make the most of the daylight that we have. Taking an autumnal walk in the woods or your local park or simply sitting in the September sunshine (when it makes an appearance) can do wonders in helping to lift your mood. And don't forget all the great, seasonal produce that's around at this time of year too.
Get a Bedtime Routine Going
Darker evenings can leave us feeling a little flat and de-motivated after the long, lingering days of the summer but why not use the longer evenings to your advantage and get a cozy, relaxing bedtime routine going each night? A bedtime routine can be a fantastic way to wind down after a busy day and can even help you get a better night's sleep. Take a look at this article on how to sleep better with a bedtime routine for more ideas.
Claim Some Me-Time
With so much going on at this time of year it can be easy to forget all about your own needs. Many of us soldier on without considering the impact it's having on our health and well-being. It really is so important to make sure you take regular breaks throughout the day to de-stress and stay relaxed. This article, Make Me Time an Essential Part of Your Day has lots of ideas on how to get some much needed me-time into your routine.
Stay In The Moment
A lot of modern-day stress actually comes from worrying. Of course the busier things become, the more we find to worry about and it's very easy to start panicking over what we have to get done, how on earth we're going to do it all, what will happen if we forget something, etc, etc...
If you find yourself in this spiral you can try putting your worries aside by gently bringing yourself back into the present moment. Try taking a few deep, calming breaths, focusing on the sensations and easy rhythm of your breath. Or use your senses to notice what's around you. What sounds can you hear? How do your clothes feel against your skin? What can you see?
Once you've anchored yourself back in the present it will be a lot easier to find some perspective and plan what needs to be done more rationally.
So autumn doesn't need to be full of stress and exhaustion. Let's enjoy this season with its beautiful colours, great, fresh produce and hopefully even a bit of sunshine!