Before you know it summer will come to an end and fall will be here (September 22 to be exact). Saying goodbye to warmer weather, longer days, and time spent outdoors is never easy, but the last few weeks before fall officially starts can be fruitful. It can be a time to reset, take stock of your life, set new goals, and of course, get organized for the new season ahead. Below I've outlined some ways to help you transition more smoothly from the summer season into fall, including a few activities to help give summer a proper send-off.
1. Recap your best summertime memories in a journal.
By writing down what you're grateful for on a daily basis will help train your mind to focus on the positive. If you already do this, put a new spin on it by writing about your favorite memories from summer. Journaling about positive memories can evoke a state of mindfulness as you close the chapter on summer and focus on the present.
2. Organize and pack away your summer gear.
Set aside time to wash and purge this season’s supplies. Wash all summer clothing and determine what you want to hold on to for another season and what can be donated, or given to younger relatives as hand-me-downs. This also applies to outdoor supplies like tents, tablecloths, grilling supplies, pool toys, and other items you collected over the summer. Box everything up and store them for next year.
3. Find your new flow.
Our routines change with the seasons, especially when it comes to sleep. (How many of you struggle to get up when it's dark and cold outside?) For people with children, fall is when kids go back to school again and join extracurricular activities. For others, it may be a time to focus on work, whether it’s at an office or starting new projects around the house. As you set your new routine, consider your responsibilities, health, and wellness as well as your favorite leisure activities. Make a list of what is important to you. Your list might include exercise, sleep, eating right, setting new goals, scheduling some downtime, organizing activities, making time for fun, or starting a new hobby.
4. Take some downtime!
Society has taught us to be intently focused on the frenzy of doing, accomplishing, and acquiring, thus we spend the majority of our day outwardly focused. If we don't balance our lives with some downtime we end up feeling burnt out and exhausted. Many people think of downtime as watching television, running errands, or scrolling through social media. It can also mean doing no mental work and just letting the mind and body simply be such as taking a hot bath, meditating, or cozying up to a good book.
Transitioning gracefully from summer into a fall routine can be fun, but a smooth transition comes down to identifying how you want to spend your time and creating healthy new habits for the next six months. Remember to design your routine with balance in mind and you’ll set yourself up for success as you transition.