Be Prepared for the Changing of the Seasons
Whether you welcome change or dread it, it’s an unavoidable part of life. Over time, everything changes in some way. Even the world around us. As we progress through the year, we move through the seasons, each one bringing something new and unique to our lives.
With September, we’re entering the point of the year where summer gives way to autumn. The days are progressively getting shorter, and it won’t be long until the hot, humid air grows cool and crisp. The leaves are showing signs of turning, too. Before long, our trees will be vibrant shades of red, orange, and brown.
Change is inevitable. In order to navigate it smoothly, one must be rooted and willing to shift in harmony with the seasons. Doing so isn’t all that difficult—you just have to know where to start.
Consider Your Daily Routine
Most of us have a pretty standard routine. We have at least a general idea of where we’ll be and what we’ll be doing at most times throughout the week. We have the fixed items in our schedule, and the time outside of that may just go with the flow.
As the seasons start to change, however, it’s important for us to ask ourselves if our current routine is the best one for us. During the colder months, especially as our days become shorter and shorter, if we continue to go about our days with the fair-weather mindset of summer, we’re potentially setting ourselves up for more difficulty than necessary.
Shorter days mean that we are able to spend less and less time in sunlight. They’re also getting cooler, and as the temperatures drop even lower, more and more of us will be spending the majority of our time indoors. As such, we’re starting to get less sunlight and vitamin D, and we may even be unintentionally letting ourselves grow stagnant or lethargic.
As a result, our moods can suffer (i.e. seasonal affective disorder), insomnia and weight gain can set in, and our bodies may grow tight and achy in the cold. Though these changes can seem to still be far away from the warmth and delight of September, it’s important to consider them before the seasons change completely. It’s healthier (and easier) to prepare for and prevent seasonal struggles than it is to try and claw our way out of them once they’ve already set in.
Helpful Changes to Make
With a few minor adjustments, you can set yourself up for a happier, healthier autumn and winter. Here are a few that you may find particularly helpful.
Rising With the Sun
Hear me out on this one! I know that waking up earlier, on the surface, may sound like a foolish proposition. Believe me—if you would have told me a year ago that waking up before sunrise was something I’d eventually enjoy, I would have laughed in your face. And yet, here I am, enjoying the waking hours of morning, when the city is still cloaked in a blue-gray haze of dew, thankful that I get to see the sunrise. Being up this early boosts my mood, helps me be more productive, and allows me to start my day with yoga.
Waking up earlier can be a big transition at first, but once you get used to it, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. One of the major benefits during winter is that you’ll be able to spend more time up and active during the daylight hours. Being able to even see the sunlight, but especially if you’re able to get out in it, is going to do wonders to ward off complications associated with seasonal affective disorder. It is also going to give you more time in the day to focus on yourself and your wellbeing.
Which then brings us to…
Adopting an Exercise Routine
Being active early in the morning is a great way to jumpstart your day since it is beneficial in several different ways. First and foremost, exercise is a critical component of a healthy lifestyle. It’s going to boost your mood, improve your cardiovascular health, and can help you stay limber and less achy in the coming cold.
An easy way to make both rising early and exercising a part of your routine is to come by Your Yoga Louisville’s early morning classes, which start at 6:30 a.m.
It sincerely is easier than you may expect to start your day with yoga. If you’re worried that you’d barely be able to stumble onto your yoga mat that early, that’s quite alright. Some days, that’s exactly how I start my practice. By the end of it though, I’m awake, alert, and able to start the days in a wonderful mood.
Whether or not you attend the early morning classes, it’s important to keep your exercise routine consistent. Practicing yoga or working out with regularity is going to help you maximize the benefits of your practice. Like so many other facets of life, consistency is key! Especially as the seasons change, finding the classes you like best and sticking with them each week is crucial.
Sewing the Seeds of Something New
One thing we often miss in modern society is modeling our lives after the flow of the seasons. Older practices, such as Ayurveda and even those in the Farmer’s Almanac, understood that living in harmony with the seasons meant moving with them rather than against them.
Among these practices is one still understood by farmers and gardeners: autumn is a wonderful time to plant perennials– the shrubs, trees, and plants that come back year after year. It is a time of year to harvest and celebrate the fruits of summer, and to plant the seeds for the next round of growth.
If we extend this practice beyond the garden and into our lives, we’re able to shake off the restlessness and isolation of cold months by sewing the seeds of some new, perennial quality in our lives. This means that as summer says goodbye, it’s a good time to learn something new, explore a new hobby, or deepen a pre-existing practice.
As such, you may want to consider participating in Teacher Training. The Teacher Training program can be particularly helpful this autumn and winter for a variety of reasons. It will teach you to sew seeds of compassion, kindness, and mindfulness into your daily lives– qualities that we should treat like perennials, planting the seeds now so that they’ll continue to come back and grow stronger year after year.
Ready for Autumn?
Whether you can’t wait for the world to turn orange and smell like mulling spices or if you dread the loss of summer’s heat and sunshine, integrating these practices into your daily routine can enable you to transition smoothly through the seasons. Doing so will help you live your happiest, healthiest life!
Do you have a game plan for navigating the changing seasons? Let us know in the comments below!