Is it my imagination or is this year just flying by? I can’t get my head around the fact we are about to arrive at October!
I’ve been out walking this morning, and I am struck by the beauty that surrounds me. Scotland is looking so very pretty right now. Today, I was completely ‘smitten’ by the sight of the mist rising from the lake near to my home.
In my former/Corporate life, I don’t think I ever slowed down enough to notice the changing seasons – other than how ‘dark’ it was when I left for work in the morning and when I arrived home. In fact, outside of work – I rarely noticed much at all.
But as the leaves change colour and fall from the trees, we are gently reminded that everything is happening as nature intended and that we are constantly evolving.
Let’s take a few moments this week to think about and appreciate the beauty of the current season.
A time to reflect
First of all, autumn provides a visible reminder that everything in life is fluid and in order to move forward, we must embrace change. The weather is changing. The trees are shedding their leaves. Change is all around us. Autumn provides a great time for reflection. It’s a chance to look back and assess how far you have come.
The season of autumn also reminds us that it is crucial to let go of the things that belong to the past. Trees lose their leaves, and it is sad yet beautiful, necessary and inevitable. Every year, nature goes through this transition and says goodbye to the cheerful summer version of itself. Yet, it lets go without regret and welcomes the change.
This is an important life lesson for us too.
If we don’t let things go and we continue to dwell on the past, our personal growth will stop, and we will eventually find ourselves ‘stuck’ in life.
Season of Inspiration
This season has long been a source of creative inspiration for many.
Watching nature’s gorgeous transformation is enough to give you fresh ideas and new insights, no matter what way you release your creative energy.
Enjoy the little things in life
The season of autumn gives us a chance to appreciate the little things in life. A mug of hot chocolate, a warm blanket to keep you cosy on the sofa, a good book, a great TV series – these simple things can make us truly happy after being outdoors in the autumn cold. You realize the great power the little joys of life have. It’s a season when time seems to slow down, just like everything in nature.
Autumn allows us to recharge our batteries and to indulge in our favourite activities. In fact, it’s a great time to self-nurture. Perfect for exploring new ways to look after ourselves and boost our wellbeing with some autumnal self-care.
I know it’s a cliché, but you really can’t ‘pour from an empty cup’. So taking care of ourselves is really important before we even think about supporting others or tackling everything else!
Here are my top recommendations to nurture yourself through autumn this year…
It’s not just about exercise. Being outdoors in nature can really help us see something different about the change in seasons. Nature can be so colourful, beautiful and inspiring. The autumn leaves and lower sun can make for spectacular sunsets! It’s such a great way to embrace the positive parts of the seasonal changes.
Read a book
During the busy summer months, we don’t always make time to pick up a good book. Often, we intend to, but then spend so much time outdoors, or active or in our favourite summer settings, it just doesn’t happen. So, what better time to cosy up indoors, and read to your heart’s content. It’s a great reminder too, that there are things to love doing in the colder weather. We can often forget them when we are nostalgic for summer.
The classic bubble bath
And why not? I absolutely LOVE this way to nurture and take time for me. You can add your favourite bath salts or smellies, and why not light some candles? You could even take your book in with you, or listen to some of your favourite music. It’s just such a great way to spend time indoors relaxing, and can be so indulgent.
Treat yourself to a pamper day
A Spa or Pamper Day! You could go alone or invite a friend. There are some amazing spa day deals to be snapped up online. It’s a fabulous way to really enjoy some pampering, some time out, and appreciate that autumn can actually bring us the opportunity to go inwards and rest a little.
I’d love to know what you plan to do in order to make the most of the cold, dark, and often wet nights.
x Until next time, sending you love x
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