If you’re feeling the end-of-summer blues, here’s an impromptu episode with a checklist of strategies you can use to transition smoothly and joyfully into the new season. Plus a 5 element personal archetypes quiz and recommendation for how to embrace seasonal living to feel good all year round.
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If you’re feeling the end-of-summer blues, I hear you. Seasonal blues is a real thing, and it can be challenging with our social and work interactions to rise above it. I found my mood lower than usual for a good week or so. It was noticeable.
The change in temperature, light going from summer into fall (autumn) can affect us more than we realise. It marks the end of a season filled with warmth, sunshine, and outdoor activities and the start of shorter, darker days and more time indoors.
Although I do love autumn with all its vibrant colouring and food delights this season brings us, the wind and rain aren’t so welcoming with this new seasonal shift.
As I felt my own mood dipping and realised that’s probably a lot to do with it, I thought I’d pull out some ideas on how to handle end of summer blues.
As you might be feeling a little of this too, I thought I’d drop you an impromptu checklist to share some ideas on how to cope with the end of summer blues – prevention and treatment 🙂
Here are some strategies you can use to cope with the end of summer blues and transition smoothly into the new season.
- Reflect and Celebrate
- Reflect on the Past Months: Take some time to reflect on the wonderful moments you had during the summer.
- Photo Album: Create a photo album or digital slideshow of your favourite summer memories.
- Gratitude Journal: Start a gratitude journal where you note down all the things you enjoyed over the summer.
- Maintain a Healthy Routine
- Regular Exercise: Keep up with a regular exercise routine to boost your mood.
- Balanced Diet: Maintain a balanced diet to nourish your body and mind.
- Embrace the Change
- Embrace the Season: Start to embrace the upcoming season and all the unique activities and food choices it brings.
- Autumn Activities: Plan for autumn activities such as apple picking, attending a harvest festival, or carving pumpkins.
- Engage in Creative Outlets
- Art: Engage in art projects that depict the change of seasons.
- Write: Write poems or stories that embrace the end of summer and the onset of a new season.
- Revitalise Your Space
- Redecorate: Consider redecorating your living space with autumnal themes and colors.
- Gardening: If you have a garden, begin transitioning it for the autumn season.
- Spa Day: Treat yourself to a spa day to refresh and rejuvenate.
- Read: Curl up with a good book and a cup of your favorite warm beverage.
- Learn and Grow
- New Hobby: Take up a new hobby or course to keep yourself engaged and excited.
- Networking: Join clubs or groups that align with your interests, and meet new people.
- Look Forward
- Future Plans: Start making plans for the next summer, giving yourself something to look forward to.
- Bucket List: Create a bucket list of things you want to do in the upcoming seasons.
- Connect with Others
- Family and Friends: Spend quality time with family and friends, sharing your summer experiences.
- Community Events: Attend community events to foster a sense of belonging and togetherness.
- Seek Help
- Professional Help: If the end-of-summer blues start affecting your daily functioning, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.
Remember, it’s okay to feel down as the seasons change. We are all different and thrive in different elements. I learned a lot about seasonal living from my friend and client Jo Hafey who runs a wonderful 5 elements seasonal living program on this. What’s important is to find ways to lift your spirit and embrace the new opportunities that each season brings.
Hope this helps uplift those blues into a rainbow of vibrant life colours.
Take care, and make yourself a great day.
Ciao ciao for now.