I guess I am a bit odd…well, I suppose that’s not exactly news to anyone. But anyway…I have to admit that I love the start of Fall. I know that for most people, they mourn the end of Summer, and I too love Summer fun as well, but there is just something very special about the start of Fall weather that is somewhat mysterious and special for me.
I can’t quite explain it but I love that cozy feeling that you get when you wrap yourself up a bit for the breezy weather as the beautiful Fall leaves start falling. I love cooking in the Fall, when I can bring out all of my favourite comfort-food recipes like soul-warming soups… and casseroles… and roasts with veggies and hearty gravy…and of course those delicious baked goods.
I love pulling out all of my favourite Fall crafts like all of my knitting and crocheting projects and watching a great movie while creating some new masterpiece and engrossing myself in a fabulous chick flick or a real nail-biter.
And I also know that it is the sign for me of the coming of my favourite time of year. For many people, they shudder at the early signs of Christmas hitting the stores before Halloween has even come and gone. But for me, I just love it! I am 100% certain that I was born part elf because I definitely have Christmas spirit running through my veins. I also love Halloween, and having an 8-year-old, it’s a very exciting time to be able to prepare for and enjoy such a fun time of year.
So, now that I have lost ½ of you due to my elven cheeriness, I shall move on to the more serious side of things. I mention all of this because I know that while this time of year can be a happy time, it can also be a difficult time for many of us as well. The days become shorter and for some, it can be a time of struggle or of remembering those who are no longer with us or estranged.
The shorter days can become challenging and the less exposure we have to the sun, the more depression has a chance to set in unfortunately. So, it requires us to take an extra few steps in our planning to ensure that we are keeping ourselves healthy, happy and focused on the good things in life.
Take some extra time to enjoy the little things that make you happy about this time of year. Decorate your surroundings, put some time into setting up a schedule for some great seasonal activities or adventures for you and your friends and loved ones to embark on together. Pick out a few great novels that you have wanted to read and your best cozy sweater and have them at the ready for the next blustery rainy day, so you can cuddle up with some cocoa and dive right in to an alternate reality. Schedule a lunch with a friend in a quaint country tearoom or café that is nestled in a spectacular setting where you can enjoy a stroll and a chat after your bite to eat.
All of these things are just some of the ways that you can kick start your Fall season into gear and set the tone for what’s to come. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by the bustle of the season, starting with Back-to-School shopping that just seems to then trigger the onslaught of time commitments, but don’t forget to make time for yourself. Mindfulness meditation and light therapy are also some very simple ways that you can integrate some positive energy into your days during this time of year.
I would love to hear how you like to get into the spirit of the season! Please write to me in our comments section about your favourite ways to enjoy Fall, whether it’s the leaves falling, a simple latté or the full on celebrations of the big holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween. Enjoy!