Some of us get excited about Fall and we look forward to special things that make fall our favorite time of the year. The beautiful bright leaves, the smell of spices, the crisp air, and new beginnings.
It is time to dust off your favorite boots and grab your must-have scarves as we move into one of the most enjoyable times of year for fashionistas.
This next chapter of our lives offers us opportunities to see beauty unfolding all around us. However, we want to acknowledge that sometimes it is difficult to experience peace and take in the artistry and grace right before our eyes. Fear takes over our thoughts, feelings, energy, and overall sense of hope. Walking through these unimaginable times of social unrest, political polarization, and COVID 19 often feels heavy. Many people have reported decreased energy and increased negative outlooks on life. Sure, we see the beauty in the new season. More importantly, we want to express that it is OK if you are struggling. The events that have taken place over the last year ARE NOT normal, and we are all doing our very best to adapt. Please be patient with yourself and others and remember you are not alone.
We hope you find our top 3 tips helpful.
1. Daylight savings time is coming to an end as the clocks fall back 1 hr
We have hit that time of year where the daylight available for each day is shorter. On Sunday, November 7, 2021, clocks will fall back one hour. Even though we are gaining an hour of sleep, this change can interfere with our circadian rhythm. Studies report that it may take up to a week to adjust to the new time change. Try not to take on extra commitments during this time. Also, give your eyes at least an hour “disconnected” from all devices. This will help your body move into REM sleep with less disruption.
Exercise increases our endorphins and our natural production of serotonin. Serotonin supports higher levels of energy. Whether it is a short 10-minute walk around the block, relaxing yoga, or an intense aerobic exercise, the main goal is to get up and get moving. If you haven’t already, you may want to consider joining a gym. To increase consistency, find an activity you enjoy and invite a friend along. Accountability is key.
Whether you are joining a gym for the first time or rejoining a gym, remember to start slowly and set realistic goals that are achievable. When you set unrealistic expectations on yourself you may feel defeated before even getting started. You know your limitations and strengths. So, be kind to your body and remember to focus on progress NOT perfection.
2. We need connection
We live in a fast-paced, success-driven society and it is easy to prioritize our job performance (production/ outcomes) over our relational needs. Human beings are created for connection. Maintaining important relationships and offering support to others is vital to our ability to thrive. Whether with families, friends, colleagues, church members, or those you just meet, it is important to slow down and connect with those that cross your paths
Studies have shown that volunteer work leads to increased self-worth and efficacy. There is no required amount of time needed to tap into the power of service work. You could spend 1 hour a month making a meal for a neighbor, or 1 hour a week talking with someone who needs a supportive ear to listen to them. Take time to connect and notice how your mood and overall sense of happiness change.
Keep your friendships exciting and fun. Try taking on a new hobby that brings you joy, or going to a show. Have you been wanting to CREATE something, but you're hesitant because you just know it won't turn out the way it looks on Pinterest? That is ok! Grab a friend and set your creative energy free!
3. We miss our Vitamin D
Our skin produces Vitamin D when it is exposed to sunlight. Low levels of Vitamin D may lead to difficulty socializing, mood challenges, attention difficulty, memory issues, and stress. If you think lower levels of Vitamin D are impacting you or one of your loved ones, talk to your doctor and find the right supplement for you.
Finally, as the seasons begin to change, remember to keep warm, keep healthy, and keep checking back for our new blog posts!