How to Make the Most of the Transition to Fall
Whether you’re someone who mourns the end of summer, or you’re someone who welcomes fall with open arms, the summer to fall transition can be a little jarring. From altered schedules and routines, to seasonal changes, major shifts are happening. Maybe your kids are back in school. Maybe you pushed all your big work projects to September, because you wanted to spend the summer with your family. Perhaps you just got back from a big summer vacation and funds are a little tight. We’ve all been there. Sometimes it feels like fall is a reality check from the universe. Anyone else?
The summer-to-fall transition can be a good one, as long as you’re prepared - physically and mentally. If you can take charge of your personal wellbeing and use fall as a chance to reboot, you’ll feel happier and healthier going into 2020. Plus, your positive energy will seep into your work and your relationships, as well.
So, what can you do now to close out 2019 feeling like your best self?
Bring on the Vitamin D
If you’re someone who spent their summer at the pool, on the trail, or at the park, the idea of shorter, cooler days might have you feeling a bit down. And although it takes a little more effort - more layers, less daylight, more rigid schedules - getting outside in the fall/winter is crucial. Nature is a necessary part of our existence. Even if you are making an effort to get outside this fall, it’s still a good idea to add in a Vitamin D supplement to your daily routine. Vitamin D is essential for cancer prevention, blood pressure, immunity, heart health and healthy skin. Also, it can alleviate symptoms of PMS, anxiety, and depression. Talk to your doctor to find out if you’re Vitamin D deficient. If you are, there’s a good chance you’ll see a noticeable difference when you add it in.
Reset Your Sleep Routine
Chardonnay on the patio, late-night concerts, lax bedtime routines… Summertime is full of late-night, outdoor fun, and we love it! But back-to-school and back-to-work means it’s time to reset your sleep routine. Inadequate sleep makes us crabby and less productive. Start by adjusting your bedtime, but be patient with this - it’s a process. Clinical professor at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic and the Stanford University School of Medicine Do Pelayo, recommends taking it slow. He suggests adjusting no more than 15 minutes earlier every two to three days. And if going straight from email to bed isn’t working for you (Hint: It’s not) try winding down with a bath, some tea, or a book.
Fall produce is where it’s at! We’re talkin’ leafy greens, winter squash, crisp apples, and root veggies. Your local Farmer’s market will likely have these autumn staples, which is an awesome way to support your local farmers (and a fun Saturday morning activity!)
Another huge bonus of eating seasonally? You’ll save a few bucks! Just because you can purchase practically any produce, any time of the year, doesn’t mean you should. Seasonal food is fresher and more nutritious than food consumed out of season, which will help heal your gut after a summer full of margaritas. You’ll feel great which will allow you to be more focused at work and get shit done.
Mark Your Calendar
If you’re someone who is prone to the winter blues, that’s okay - honor it, acknowledge it, then make a game plan. Mark your calendar for some fun events and activities you can look forward to in the wintertime! Plan a girls trip, book a massage, make a list of books you want to read and shows you’d love to binge. That way, come December, you’re already got some self care on the books so you can feel refreshed and uplifted as you enter the new year.
What’s your 2020 Vision?
Think we’re crazy for bringing up New Years? It's only four months away. (WTF)
Only four months until it’s 2020 (but we’ll still accidentally write 2019 until at least March) so NOW is the time to take a good hard look at your goals. Are you on track to reach your 2019 goals? Are your priorities and actions aligned with your goals? Fill in the blank: I will feel successful if I accomplish ________ by January 1, 2020. And while you’re at it, start thinking about what you want your 2020 to look like.
We’re not here to scare you; We just want to encourage you to be intentional with your time, say no to bullshit and crush your goals. All while enjoying your fall and having some fun along the way!