I love the change of seasons, and fall is my favorite season of the year.
I’m not a big fan of hot weather, so I like the cooler temperatures, but not the freezing temperatures of winter. And maybe because I was in school for so long, the fall feels like the beginning of the year. I guess that makes Labor Day something like New Year’s Day.
It seems like everybody gets serious again in the fall. Back to school, back to work, and a whole lot of time ahead before the next break. I always feel a burst of energy in the fall, and it always seems like everybody around me is a little more ready to get started on projects, to make decisions. The vacation, for those who had one, is over.
I can’t say that I don’t feel a little bit sad when summer ends. The slower pace was nice for awhile, the sidewalks less crowded, fewer meetings. Of course, if you did any flying or long distance driving, you had a different perspective, I am sure. And I look better in a sweater than a tee shirt.
I often find that many of my clients have a much harder time with the end of summer than I do. They regret not having the fun they thought they would have. With a chronic condition, they had to make accommodations that made them feel different, and an outsider, maybe guilty because they had to ask their love ones to adjust their own plans. They might have been reminded of summers past when they were able to participate more, to be more active, or to eat what everybody else was eating. Families and friends may or may not have been all that supportive.
Others feel better in summer weather and are not looking forward to the arrival of the cold.
Does your self-care regimen change in the fall? More or less challenging?
We can’t avoid change. The changing seasons keeps remind us of that. For my clients that regret that fall is coming, I encourage them to focus on bring something new into their lives. A renewed commitment to taking good care of themselves. To eat more healthy. To pick up a new hobby or activity that promotes wellness. To strengthen their support network. To reenergize themselves at work. An opportunity for students to learn and reconnect with friends.
And to sweat less and not have to worry so much about sunburn (depending on where you live).
So… the fall is here. Let’s all decide to get powered up!
What’s fall like for you? Are you looking forward to it? What’s that mean for your self-care regimen? What’s going to change for you in the fall?
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