With the winding down of summer, nature’s settling down & preparing for the winter.
Before she retreats, however, nature thoroughly celebrates her harvest time, releasing her bounty of summer gifts & making way for new growth to be sown & nurtured.
With her abundance of colors & still-kind sunlit days, I’ve always found autumn a wonderful time to re-establish routines & set new goals in life & business.
I’ve already seen a good few autumns coming in & love to share my top seven tips for flowing into fall:
- Acknowledge your Abundance.
It’s time to sit down with nature, collecting all the goodness the year has brought us so far. Take some time & a mug of tea, & follow your train of thoughts.
Looking back at spring & summer, what great things have come into your life & in your business? What did nature bring in? What did you bring about yourself?
Pen down all the wonderful things you were given & all that you accomplished yourself.
Take your time, read over your notes, slowly & consciously savoring the harvest of your year. Experience your abundance with the fulfillment of a farmer at the end of the season & feel your heart open to the new season.
- Clear your Grounds.
Nature’s clearing her grounds, & so are we by using the 15 minutes egg-timer trick.
Take an egg-timer, go to your space, put the egg-timer on 15 minutes—no more—and start (15 minutes per space).
Your office / workspace:
Use the FACT system by making three stacks:
File: Keep & put away.
Act: Do something with it.
Toss: Throw it out, right now!
Sift your summer clothes into two piles—donate or store—and welcome your fall wear into your closet. Wash the clothes you’ve put on your donate pile & put them to good use.
Recycle those out-of-date goods & get rid of the processed & junk foods that somehow sneaked into your pantry.
Consider the rule of thumb of making sure you eat most of your foods out of the refrigerator—lean meats, fish, fruits & veggies should really make up the bulk of your diet—and welcome those great autumn treats of ripe pears & sweet carrots.
Make your space ready for a long winter nap.
If you like your bed cozy, get your winter linen out of storage. Change from light cotton sheets to warmer flannel & swap your lightweight bedspread for a heavier duvet.
Clear the clutter & set up a simple nightstand that encourages you to wind down with a comforting book & soft reading light.
Your living room:
Go through your living space with William Morris’ rule in mind:
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
Gather what you feel no longer applies & sell, donate or ditch.
Go through your bathroom cabinet ruthlessly—ditch those old mascara tubes, stubs of lipstick you didn’t know you still had & that sticky sun protection from two summers ago.
“When in doubt, throw it out.”
Most of the stuff you have in your bathroom is used on your body. This is one room where it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Replenish & Nourish.
As the weather becomes chilly, it’s our natural tendency to drink less.
Maintaining optimal hydration is essential for the body & mind to function. So let’s make a conscious effort to drink more & incorporate juicy fruits & vegetables in our diet.
Start your day with a large mug of tangy herbal tea to rev up your system.
Put a large pitcher of water on your desk & spice it up with some slices of lemon, lime or other tangy taste.
More into sweet? Add a handful of raspberries & pomegranate for that great gulp.
With the arrival of the new season, embrace the delicious, moist foods that Autumn offers. Try something new on your stove. Think creamy pumpkin soup, roasted parsnips, winter squash, caramelized pears, fig treats with elderberry tea & apple scones with cranberry jam.
- Establish your Energizing Routine.
As daylight shortens & life retreats indoors, we all tend to move around a little less.
Fortunately, the winding down of the busy summer makes a good time to consciously create energizing habits for the upcoming months of winter & the holiday season.
Take up an old love of yours like the yoga you used to practice. Try out something new like the latest trend of kickboxing. Or, finally, establish that weekly Wednesday running team you’ve been thinking about—just do it!
Plan it, arrange it & put it on your calendar. Yes, right now—because you know, later always turns into never.
- Connect to your Source.
Autumn is the time to slow down & enjoy some internal reflection.
Allow this season to be a chance to nurture yourself & connect to your Source. Find your way to deepen your connection—meditation, prayer, yoga, reading, journaling, a gratitude jar, walking into nature, personal development classes—whatever works for you.
Just make sure you take your daily moment of resourcefulness.
Volunteer. Put yourself to the service & benefit of others. There’s no greater way of connecting to our Source than through taking care of our community. Even better—volunteer together.
Already taking care of loved ones? Give them that extra squeeze.
- Bring the Outside In.
Now that we close the patio doors, it’s time to bring the outside in.
Our connection to nature is an essential ingredient of our health & well-being. Adding a little nature to our lives is a wonderful way to put a few more deep exhales into our daily routine.
Think plants in your living space & your workspace —they improve indoor air quality significantly & help you sleep.
Fresh cut flowers, proven to boost happiness in the home & in your office.
A variety of kitchen herbs in small pots for a quick tisane (fresh basil or thyme make delicious herbal tea).
Consider a water element in your home and in your workspace – think feng shui! A glass bowl with a floating flower is not only a beauty to the eye & a soothing for the soul, it can also attract abundance according to feng shui principles.
And if you’re into it, place a few nice rocks around—either pebbles you collected on that sunny afternoon or some healing crystals to clear & heal.
- Shed your Skin.
The air is getting crispy, & although the sun is not very harsh, we still need a sunscreen.
But as the sun fades, so does our summer tan. Time to polish up & take of those layers.
Scrub & exfoliate—your body & your face—and prepare your skin for some deeper moisturizing. Invest in a good facial moisturizer with sunscreen for that great autumn glow.
Oil your body (an effective way of deep moisturizing the skin while at the same time pacifying & balancing the mind).
Massage your body with warm sesame oil, nurturing, strengthening & balancing the dryness, especially after that scrub you just did.
It’s most beneficial to oil before a warm shower. Just make sure you don’t slip or use your best towels.
Oh, & book that hair appointment now; it really is time to trim or finally get that great cut.
Too busy with business? Don’t skip on the self-care. Remember — you are your core-business. Taking care of business is taking care of you!
Apply these seven tips & you’ve aligned yourself with fall, bringing in your harvest & making small but powerful adjustments that will nourish & strengthen you this abundant season.
Most of all, you’ve cleared your mental & physical grounds (yes, 15 minutes per space does work) for more to come.
Now go out & make this an autumn to remember!
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