The start of school (or work), cooler temperatures, shorter days, and regular routines signify the end of summer and, for many, the mundane can creep in.
However, the last few weeks before fall can give you a chance to hit the reset button and get organized. Take a look below to find five ways you can get back into the groove of fall and help give summer a proper send-off.
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- Write About Your 10 Best Summer Memories
Spend 20 to 30 minutes (or longer, if you’d like) writing about each of your top 10 favorite memories from summer.
Here’s Why: The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit, and feel. Journaling about positive memories from your summer can evoke a state of mindfulness as you close the chapter on summer and focus on the present.
- Make a Summer Photo Collage
Another fun project is to make photo books (you can do this through online photo galleries like Snapfish or iPhoto) to put on your coffee table, or calendars that you can send as gifts.
Here’s Why:Photos are one of the best ways to induce positive memories. Think about how happy you are when you look back on pictures of yourself and your loved ones enjoying the summer season. Surround yourself with fun photographs that will keep you in happy spirits for months to come. They’re also a great conversation piece when friends and family come to visit.
- Find Your New Flow
Our routines tend to shift with the seasons. For many families, fall is when kids begin a new school year 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.
Going back to school or work doesn’t have to be a bummer. It can be an exciting new chapter in your life if you place your intention on setting new goals and having fun.
Get the whole family involved to ensure everyone is ready and excited for the fall routine.
Here’s Why: Goals, planning, and setting aside time to communicate with each other is a great way to ensure you are not caught in poor routines as things get really busy. What you focus on expands!
- Create a New Meal Plan
Fall means new seasonal fruits and vegetables will hit store shelves and your local farmers’ market. Revisit your meal plan and design one that includes fresh seasonal veggies and fruits, and explore new recipes for more grounding foods as you move into the cooler months.
Remember to shop around the outside perimeter of the grocery store where all the fresh foods can be found. Make it fun and involve the whole family when preparing your meals. Cooking together can be a lot of fun.
Here’s Why: This one is pretty straightforward. The positive effects to eating right, but also planning ahead, can save you money and agony as things get busy.
- Find an Activity for Shorter Days
Social hobbies or activities that keep us mentally stimulated and bring us joy are a great way to pass the time indoors when the temperature falls and the days get shorter. Many people take on various creative projects such as expressive writing, arts and crafts, reading, and re-arranging interior spaces to keep them actively engaged during the fall and winter seasons when outdoor activities aren’t as accessible.
Or plan social get-togethers with friends regularly. Whether it’s a weekend getaway, lunch, dinner, a social gathering with friends, or an event in your community, be sure to take time to stay connected with others and have fun.
Here’s Why: When we maintain a social connection with friends we tend to laugh more, have engaging conversations, and feel more supported through life’s challenges.