As September is coming to an end, fall is finally upon us. If you’re anything like me, you notice this not just by the changing weather, but also by some inexplicable restlessness inside.
Fall is the season of change, and I for one experienced a sudden need to change things in my life – my wardrobe, my hair, the activities I was doing.
Already under quite a bit of stress about other insecurities in life – aren’t we all at this point? – I felt that the change of the season and my own disquiet just enhanced my feeling of imbalance further.
I ended up feeling anxious most of the time without knowing exactly where it was coming from. Luckily, I found some remedies that helped me calm down a bit.
Especially now, in times of covid (regulations have become stricter again as we speak in my country) it is easy to feel uncertain and a little out of balance. If you could use some more balance in your life right about now and find stability in this season of change, be sure to try out some of the tips below.
Find a daily routine
Are you as surprised as I am at night, when you’ve just finished dinner and it’s already getting dark outside? As the days get shorter, our body signals us to get tired earlier and we may feel like we have fewer hours in our day in order to finish all those tasks we need to get done, making us a little more hasty.
Try and stick to a daily routine, at least in part. You don’t need to give up on fun, spontaneous activities but make sure you are waking up and going to bed around the same day and make an effort to integrate some me-time every day. This will help your mind and body calm down so that you can be truly present in the moment and don’t get overwhelmed.
Some of the ways I do this is by doing 10 minutes of (very light) yoga every morning to check in with my body and how it’s feeling, start working (from home) around the same time every day (even when it’s tempting to procrastinize), and winding down the hour before bed by turning off my screens, taking a shower and read a book.
One thing that can’t be emphasised enough, is getting enough, good quality sleep. As the days get shorter and we don’t see as much daylight, we want to stay in bed for a little longer – at least until the sun is up – and get tired a little earlier in the evening. Having a good night’s rest may help prevent this and gives you the energy to have a fun and productive day.
Unfortunately, quality sleep is something many people have difficulty getting. Maybe they stay up too late or they are simply unable to fall asleep. I get it, for the first twenty years of my life I struggled with sleep issues: i just couldn’t fall asleep at night and I’d wake up in the middle of the night and stay awake for hours (it was so bad that at one point I decided I could do my homework at 4AM, since I was certain I would be awake by then).
Some of the things I recommend, I actually mention in this article already: make sure you have a daily routine, especially in the morning and around bedtime, and try to get up every morning around the same time. This has made a huge difference in curing my own insomnia. Getting enough daylight throughout the day, and taking the time to really wind down before bed (possibly with some aromatherapy, too), can also do wonders.
Something that has helped me quiet down a lot in times of stress, uncertainty and change, is the use of aromatherapy.
Specifically scents like lavender, one of my favourites, are known to have a very calming effect. I also love warming, spicy scents (for instance blends that include cinnamon, vanilla and certain spices) this time of year. Calming scents are fantastic for better sleep, too.
I have been using an old fashioned aroma diffuser with a candle and some essential oils. I am looking to buy an electric one soon though, since especially at night I don’t feel too safe having a burning candle next to my bed as I fall asleep. Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations!
Meditate (or go for a relaxing walk)
Meditation has become increasingly popular, and for good reason. Once you get the hang of it, it can truly increase the quality of your day.
According to some, meditation is actually the one thing that actually gives you back more time than you spent. This is not only because people who regularly meditate live longer on average, but also because meditation makes you more productive, in turn leaving you with extra time to spend on other things!
If you’re still not convinced, just going for a relaxing walk, preferably in nature, can do the trick, too. Try to focus on the beautiful outside and on your breathing for a while, instead of on your day to day worries and to do list.
Lastly, with changing seasons comes changing food. There’s a reason traditional autumn flavours are so comforting, they’re just precisely what our body needs.
Some of my favourites include apples, pears, raisins and walnuts (all great to add to you oatmeal), mushrooms and, of course, pumpkins. Eating seasonally ensures you take in as many nutrients as possible, since produce is at its strongest and nutritional value is lost the longer it is stored, too.
I love making quick soups and stir fries with fresh ingredients, for instance. I’ll share some of my favourite fall recipes very soon.
These are some of my tips to start of the new season as best as possible. Which of these are already part of your lifestyle, or are you going to try out? Any other things that have helped you? Let me know in the comments!
See you soon,