Oh hey, it’s Fall!
I’m a summer gal through and through. I relish in it, and frequently day dream about moving to a place where there’s no such thing as spring/fall/winter. But there’s still something quite lovely about fall.
Part of me always felt fall is a fresh start. This was probably drilled into my brain as a kid because of the public school calendar, but I tend to want to clean up my routine and home, stock up on supplies, and hunker down on some projects. There’s definitely a “geterdone” energy about the start of the new season, and it’s a refreshing change from the “sit back and relax” energy of late summer.
Simultaneously, however, I’m trying to really be mindful to take extra care of myself as the temperatures start to drop. Winter is a tough time for me, and as I’ve alluded to in past blog posts I struggle with seasonal depression. The last few years have gotten better with regular self-care including acupuncture, rest, and making a weekend away to a warm place a priority, but it’s still something I have to be super mindful about.
This year, I’m starting these efforts extra early to really support myself through the cooler months. Here’s what I’m doing:
Witchy Spirity Rituals Last week in preparation for equinox, my mama and I cleansed all of our healing crystals with sage and moonlight, and lit some candles and set our intentions for the upcoming year. It was lovely, and such a nice reminder of getting back to myself. Looking for some inspiration? We loved this list of equinox rituals, and these can be done anytime!
Turning Inward I’ve been giving myself a little extra time to journal at the beginning or end of the day. It’s been hugely helpful in allowing me to process my feelings and to make sense of the jumble of emotions and thoughts in my brain. On paper, on my computer, whatever is convenient and in front of me works for me!
Check That Nutrition As we shift seasons, it's great to take a moment to check in with your nutrition.. If it's already cooled down where you are, it might be a good idea to start adding in more grounding, warming, cooked foods to your diet. Raw foods have a cooling effect on the body, and if we have too many when it's cold outside it can make it hard for our immune system to keep up!
Self-Care Time Take some time to Treat Yo Self! Long walks in the park? Yup. Facial? You got it. Epsom salt Baths? Every damn night. X files and couch cuddles? You bet. We all need that extra care some times so that we can re-set, re-charge, and re-focus on what really matters in our lives.
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