Ah, the sweet nostalgia of going back to the books. Gets me every year.
We turn the corner to September, and suddenly the breeze feels cooler and an autumnal magic fills the air…
Or maybe it’s the early onset of PSL fever – better known as pumpkin spice latte season. I could go for a golden spice turmeric milk myself (like this one from Nutrition Stripped).
Whether you rejoice in the return of structure and routine – or long for an endless summer – a sense of balance can help weather the seasonal shift. Or at least make us feel better about the declining daylight and grey gloomy vibe…
Here are a few thoughts on softening the fall transition:
- Reflect on your most memorable summer experiences and what made you feel blissfully at peace. Try to channel those thoughts and emotions into the moments of your day that might seem tedious or tough to pull through. If visuals help, print out a collection of summer memories to keep at your desk.
- Consider a Himalayan salt lamp for enhancing negative ions and mood balance. Use grounding essential oils that promote clarity and concentration (like clary sage, peppermint, cypress, vetiver). I recently invested in a ceramic diffuser for my car and it was the best $6 I’ve spent in a while.
- Listen to soothing music. Perhaps the “Pumpkin Spice State of Mind” playlist?
- Carve out time for plant-powered meal prep and nourishing fall dishes. Try a blended coconut curry cauliflower soup, hearty veggie chili bowl or pumpkin pie squares that stretch out over a few days. We tend to crave comfort foods as the temperature dips, so having healthier nutrient-dense options on hand may motivate us to forego the frozen pizza.
- Integrate time to ‘do you’. If you’re entering a new school year or the post-summer work swing, remember to prioritize your well-being. With 24 hours in a day, we should be able to find at least 30-60 minutes to be active and mindful of our health, right?
- On the flipside, don’t beat yourself up for leaving your to-do list unchecked, missing a workout or sleeping in past yoga. Give yourself a chance to transition and flow into the new season.
- As summer winds down, scope out some new fall-inspired activities before plunging into full hermit mode. Check out your local farmers’ market, art exhibit, mushroom forage tour, live music and community events. Then cozy up with a new book or old wistful flick (Harry Potter, anyone?).
- Connect with nature. Even if this means bundling up for a trail run, wearing wool socks to the beach or a fleece shell on a stand-up paddle board. Spending quality time in our Pacific Northwest playground helps clear the mind and replenish the spirit (not to mention offset screen time).
Happy fall foraging xo