October brings a time of renewals. In contrast to spring, fall is a time for endings in terms of nature. On the other hand, it is a time of new beginnings in terms of lifestyle for many people, such as school and work transitions. Between school starting and the leaves changing, there are many transitions which can be difficult for some.
For many school-aged people, children and adults alike, school starting again is exciting. They enjoy the classroom setting, seeing their friends, and learning about new things. However, some children and many adolescents, even adults, are reluctant to go back to the school environment. Changing grades, starting in new buildings with unfamiliar teachers and staff, and just the overall workload and stressors of school is a challenge.
Fall as a season transitions from a warm temperature to chilly days and brings Daylight savings, which means less sunlight in the evening. This change is especially hard for some people because the decrease in sunlight affects moods as the season progresses into winter. Facing fall means facing responsibility and letting go of relaxing in the sun. While summer is fun, adjusting to change is hard. However, with some simple strategies change can be more easily navigated:
1) Address the specific aspects making it difficult to adjust to the change. Acknowledging them will make it easier to tackle them and understand why they make you feel a certain way.
2) Make a list of what you can do to better cope with the change. Consider the aspects identified above and how you can deal with them as they come. An example might be buying new clothes. With a new season comes different weather conditions, which might mean updating your wardrobe. Not to mention the fashion trends that frequently evolve.
3) Self care by blocking out an hour or two a week to do something for yourself. For some, this might be exercise, for others a manicure, and still others it could be reading a book. Whatever brings you pleasure and helps take care of your physical and mental health can be considered self care.
4) Getting organized can also aid in dealing with change. Maintaining a sense of organization, whatever organized is for you, helps stay efficient and feel more positive. Organization in the home enables the body to better relax and feel comfortable in the space. Organization at work allows for efficiency and fosters more positive feelings towards the work being done.
5) Change the atmosphere you are in. Besides simply tidying up and organizing, adding decorations and aesthetically pleasing items in your home and work space will add a touch of comfort. Whether you embrace holiday decorations or year-round knick knacks, having things around you that make you smile can be crucial to getting through a tough transition.
While there can be several facets that are not enjoyable in this time of change, so many positive things happen, too. For instance, fall is the start to the holiday season. Whether you celebrate certain holidays or not, it is hard to ignore the celebrations occurring and decorations visible all around. Furthermore, the start of a fresh new school year can be looking forward to by those who enjoy learning and seeing friends. And of course, there are many who prefer the colder weather to the blazing heat of summer. Fall is the time of cozy blankets and soup, which is significantly less enjoyable in the summer sun. Finding the good things within the changeover of seasons can help one to get accustomed to it. An optimistic outlook can aid someone in feeling generally happier and more easily accept changes.