5 Ways to Manage Stress as You Transition Into Fall

5 Ways to Manage Stress as You Transition Into Fall

The air is getting cooler and crisper. The days are getting shorter. Your body is starting to slow down for a long winter. But the world around you? A completely different story. Fall is when so many things ramp up. People come back from summer vacations, schools start up, the race to the holidays begin… This can be a stressful time of year. Be conscious about how you manage it to enjoy the season to the fullest.

  1. Nourish Yourself: When we get busy it's easy to let our nutrition slip. While it may feel like less stress to lean on convenience foods, their lack of nourishment leads to even less energy and fewer resources. So make every bite count! Add a scoop of greens powder to smoothies or oatmeal for added nutrients, enzymes, and probiotics. Or cook with beet powder for an added dose of vegetables with each meal. When your body gets the nourishment it needs, everything else starts to fall into place.

  1. Create Routines: Summer is a laid back time of year where you can take things as they come. Fall? Not so much. As life gears back up again it's easy to get overwhelmed with the shuffle. A great routine can help you stay on top of your day and reduce your mental load. Take some time to think about what you have to do every day, then research ways to be more efficient. Your morning routine is a great place to start. Check out this blog for some excellent ideas!

  1. Pare Back Your Schedule: Let's face it: if you're not careful, life can get really, really busy. If you're someone who thrives on that, this isn't a bad thing. But it's also not a bad thing to be someone who values a schedule with a little extra space. Take a good, hard look at what you've got on your plate. What brings you joy? What feels like a burden? What can be eliminated? Are there any good opportunities to practice saying "no"? 

  1. Declutter: The holidays are right around the corner, and with them comes an influx of stuff. Just… So. Much. Stuff. Get out ahead of it by taking care of clutter during the fall. Look for opportunities to clear out those problem zones in your house, or work with the kids to pare back overflowing toy boxes. Switching your wardrobe from summer to fall is a great opportunity to donate clothes you're not in love with from both seasons. We're not saying you need to Marie Kondo your whole place or anything, but a good once over will leave you some physical (and mental) space.

  1. Spend Time in Nature: Fall is a great time to be outside. Take advantage by making a point to spend time in nature. Practice mindfulness outdoors to reduce stress and increase your energy. Need some inspiration? Check out this blog for some ideas.  
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