Labor Day has come and gone, and while for many this means the end of summer – we still have a few weeks left of sunshine and warm temperatures before fall truly sets in. This time of year is always hard for me because I feel the impending doom of winter crawling toward my doorstep. But, this year, I’m trying to end my summer with a little more gratitude and less trepidation of the cold, dark months to come.
If you are struggling with the idea of transitioning seasons like I am, maybe these practices will help you find your own gratitude and move into fall and winter more peacefully. Here’s what I’m trying:
1. Find Time Each Day to Be Outside.
Even when the weather isn’t cooperating, use that time to recognize something you enjoy about that type of weather – for me, I’ve been feeling grateful for the warmth of the sun so I can work outside a little each afternoon; I’m enjoying the cooler breeze and night air so I can sleep with the windows open; and I appreciate the rainy days for the peaceful sounds of rain falling and the sense of calm a gloomy day can bring.
2. Look Back With Gratitude.
Look back with gratitude. When I feel like I missed out on all that I could’ve done this summer, I take a breath and instead think about the great things I did do this year, and find pride and joy in those accomplishments. And for the things I missed, recognize what I can still do this year that are perhaps activities better suited for fall and winter anyways (like painting my guest bedroom!).
3. Look Ahead With Positive Intentions.
Like I just mentioned, I’m making plans for the coming months to tackle a few things I didn’t get around to this summer, but also adding fun activities to my list that I can’t do any other time of year. This includes some simple things I always love about fall – like swapping out swimsuits for sweaters, endless baking with fresh-picked apples, and having a less busy social schedule.
With these mindful practices, I hope you (and I) can say a grateful goodbye to summer and welcome winter with a gentle reverence.
This blog post was written by Amy James, Communications Manager at Nexus Family Healing.
Nexus Family Healing is a national nonprofit mental health organization that restores hope for thousands of children and families who come to us for outpatient/community mental health services, foster care and adoption, and residential treatment. For over 50 years, our network of agencies has used innovative, personalized approaches to heal trauma, break cycles of harm, and reshape futures. We believe every child is worth it — and every family matters. Learn more at nexusfamilyhealing.org.