A new season is upon us as we head into Fall, and inevitably we are all going through transitions, revisiting past Falls and preparing and engaging in a new season as well. Recall what has worked for you in the past in times of transition, and practice these guidelines until you settle into a new routine in school, work, church, or elsewhere.
- Practice self-awareness. Is Fall typically a difficult, stressful time of year for you, or does it tend to be nostalgic and energizing? If you know you are heading into some tough months (maybe you have lost a loved one in a past Fall or gone through a difficult time emotionally in a past Fall), be honest with yourself and take note of it.
- Plan for change. Change is a guarantee in life, so look for what you can versus cannot control in the midst of it. For instance, if a situation or relationship isn’t panning out the way you expected, look for new opportunities. New, unexpected experiences can sometimes be the best kind and may lead you to discover new people and rediscover parts of yourself.
- Engage in self-care. Self-care does not have to be a day at the spa or a vacation. It can be very rewarding and caring toward ourselves when we say yes to fewer commitments, practice gratitude and contentment, and spend more time with positive, energizing people.