💡 Tuesday Tips, 9.15.2020

💡 Tuesday Tips, 9.15.2020

Autumn will soon be upon us. 🍂 Fall is my favorite season and in NE Oklahoma, we’ve had a few mornings lately that felt like a sneak preview of cooler temperatures and sweater weather. It’s nice to be outside when you can do so without immediately bursting into flames.

Next Tuesday is the Autumnal Equinox. The length of the day and the night will be roughly equal until the balance shifts and the nights get longer. As a farmer, it’s a time to gather in your harvest, put the garden to bed, and ensure you’ve adequately prepared for the coming winter. Fortunately, you don’t have to be in agriculture to appreciate this time of the year.

Things you can do to enjoy the arrival of autumn:

Fall cleaning. 
In the same way that spring cleaning feels so cathartic and helpful, fall cleaning does, too. Take some unneeded items to Goodwill. Do some deep cleaning around the house. Ensure your home and office are well-organized.

Decorate for the holidays.
It’s nice to have special items or pieces of decor that you bring out at select times of the year. Especially in a world that feels chaotic and crazy right now, simply observing the routine changes of the season can make you feel calmer.

Get outdoors.
Enjoy the cooler weather and the beautiful colors as the leaves change. Go on a hike or a nature walk. If the winter is often yucky in your area, this is definitely the time to get outside and absorb some Vitamin D.

Consider your goals.
Was there anything you didn’t accomplish over the summer that you want to do before winter? What are your priorities? This is a great time for introspection. It’s also a great time for what I call indoor goals. Is there a language you’d like to learn? A craft you want to master? A home improvement project you’ve put off or left halfway finished? A collection of books you want to read?

Balance!
At this time of the year, nature itself reminds us of the importance of balance. If you had a hectic, crazy summer, that is all the more reason to rest. Morning daylight breaks later and later. If you’re feeling worn out, snooze a little bit longer and catch up on the needed sleep. Most people seem to be overworked and underslept, which is not healthy. Give yourself a chance to recover before the winter holiday season emerges.

 

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