Autumn is (almost) upon us, and the cooler weather and warmer colours often produces change in mood and outlook. For many, it’s a positive change: September is correlated with crisp mornings, back-to-school excitement, and some much-needed coziness.
But for equally as many, fall may feel a little depressing. The sunlight is a little scarcer, days get shorter, and not to quote Game of Thrones on purpose, but winter is coming.
For those of us who need to actively look for personal inspiration during these autumn months, here are some ideas that may help:
Change Within Ourselves is Reflected Within the Seasons
As seasonal changes occur, so do changes within ourselves. It’s interesting, because each season can be perceived as representing what we experience within the seasons of our lives. The late and great American writer Henry David Thoreau described it best:
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth…things do not change; we change.” –On Walden Pond
This knowledge provides us with an excellent excuse to look within ourselves and find what emotions may be present. If seasonal changes are something that we perceive as stressful, then perhaps they represent stresses that were already present and bubbling to the forefront.
Instead of hunkering down or running, take this as an opportunity to face these stresses and try to minimize them.
The End is Also the Beginning
However we choose to look at the end of the year, it’s helpful to perceive it as a beginning, not actually an end—as an opportunity for change, because the world around us is also in flux.
Why not join in a conscious way that’s healthy and purposeful?
It’s the end of summer warmth, but the beginning of autumn’s fresh, crispness! Challenge yourself to find the good in the new season, and to recognize what this season represents for various animal and plant species.
“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” –Samuel Butler
The Growing Darkness is Necessary for Reflection
It is a fact that without the dark, we cannot appreciate the light. When autumn brings shorter days and more darkness, take advantage of it! Interesting and unexpected things happen in the dark—there’s more time for planning, strategizing, and project completion.
Use the shorter days to your advantage!
By the same token, you can choose to mindfully slow down, hibernate a bit, and recharge. If your days are traditionally crazy and full of stress, then allow yourself to take a step back and enjoy the early shadows that autumn affords us.
If you think you’ll still have trouble with the seasonal changes that fall brings, visit our website to drum up some inspiration. Winspiration Day 2018 is on May 7th—sign up for our newsletter for more information.
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