“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” – Oscar Wilde
Hi Three to Five Tribe! Yesterday we celebrated the Labor Day holiday, the unofficial end to the summer season. Day time temperatures will still remain pleasant for some time, but 80 degree days are quickly becoming a thing of the past. #thatwassojuly The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, which don’t get me wrong, makes for great sleeping weather, but the bottom line is, times are a changin’.
Embracing Seasonal Changes
After 57 blog posts I have only written about nutrition and food topics, but today I am am compelled to write about something I have never written about before – change. Like I said, times are a changin’! Speaking of change, I have never been good with change and if you are in my family or are a close friend of mine, then you know exactly what I am talking about. Without diving into my personal life too much or at all (it’s called “personal” for a reason people), I have decided to embrace this seasonal change instead of resisting it.
If you look to Mother Nature, you will notice fall is all about slowing down. The sun rises later and sets sooner. Nighttime settles in before 8pm and I don’t know about you, but I am ready to hibernate! In year’s past I have forced myself to continue my usual routine without even thinking about taking into account the seasons. Not this year! This year I am using the seasons to redesign my daily routine.
Here are a few things I am doing to embrace the changing of the seasons this year as summer slowly fades into fall:
- Prioritizing Sleep. During the summer months, the sun rises as early as 5am, but during fall, the sun doesn’t rise until much later in the morning. Instead of waking up before the sun, I am now rising with the sun and starting my day an hour later. Being an early bird and a member of the 5am club, this feels so wrong, but getting that extra hour of sleep is so worth it.
- Mindful Mornings. Waking up an hour later, I have realized I prefer to ease into my mornings instead of rushing off to the gym and forcing myself to complete a heavy weight lifting workout all the while not enjoying a minute of it. Instead, I am taking 20-30 minutes to ease into my morning. Whether it’s spent in prayer, meditation, light stretching, a lakefront walk, or some gentle yoga poses, I allow myself some silence to just be as I am in that moment. That means no podcasts!
- Making Moves. Since my mornings are no longer spent lifting at the gym, I have shifted my workouts to the afternoon. Whether it’s a lakefront 5K, an outdoor yoga class, or a sweat sesh at a local studio, I always find a way to move every single day. Bonus: By spending time outdoors in the middle of the day, I am able to get a healthy dose of Vitamin D, which is hard to come by during the colder Midwest months.
You may be sad to see summer go, but don’t fight the changing of the seasons, whether in life or in nature. Instead, embrace the change and see what kind of new routines you can create.
As summer comes to a close and fall begins, think about what changes you can make to embrace the new season in your life.
Remembering change is the only constant in life…