Don't Fall For It: A 5-Step Guide to Dealing with Autumn Blues
Let's face it: however much sun cream you keep applying, there's no bringing summertime back.
Autumn (or Fall as they call it in the States) is always a time of the year which obliges us to do a reality check. We have had our fun, massacred our bank accounts, run away from our troubles, and now it's time to collect the pieces and deal with ourselves again.
With October knocking on the door, here are 5 ways to have a smooth transition into winter clothing this year:
1. STAY PHYSICALLY ACTIVE!
I know you have a busy schedule. But that's no excuse for you to skip your physical exercise routine.
If at the end of a long work day you're exhausted, that's exactly why you should then do your hour-long workout: Physical exercise rejuvenates your body and mind, while it ensures a better night's sleep which will have you all fresh and ready for a new day at work!
If you need some help with that, it will be my pleasure to have you at a class at Yoga Glow or to virtually prescribe you a personalised physical exercise routine!
2. DO YOUR NATURE WALKS!
Just because the water might be freezing doesn't mean you're not allowed to go for beach walks any more. Alternatively, you can always explore your local park, a village on the hills, a mountain path, a forest...
Be spontaneous, gather a couple of uplifting people or go for an adventure alone. Fill your lungs with fresh air. Get lost in nature so you find yourself.
A similar spontaneous adventure is what we embarked on last week in Cyprus. I was on a weekend stay back home for a dear friend's wedding and we ended up organising a Yoga at the Winery event at Ktima Christoudia.
3. STAY ACCOUNTABLE!
It's easy to blame external factors for the things that are not going the way we want.
As Will Smith eloquently puts it, however, just because something in your life is not your fault does not mean that it is not your responsibility. Take charge of your life and make things work!
It was such a pleasure for me to see my Bruges client in person last week and to track down his progress: in 6 months, he has taken all the right steps to ensure he works in fields he loves, he cherishes his family moments, he nourishes and respects his body and mind, and he devotes the time and energy to his craft that they deserve so he creates masterpieces.
Do you know where you're standing and what you're aiming for? Be honest with yourself and lead a life of which you're proud!
4. JOURNAL MORE!
My Journaling practice has changed my life.
Dropping your thoughts down on a piece of paper works magic: it slows your thoughts down so your mental energy becomes emotional energy. In other words, you know what you're thinking and you know how your thoughts feel.
Soon, those emotions are so clear and the results of your current mindset are so evident that you're propelled to turn that emotional energy into action. You have no choice but to act upon these feelings so you claim the situations and results you deserve.
I'm introducing my online students to life-changing Journaling exercises in my new Online Programme and, if you hurry up, you can benefit of the early-October 30% discount for your commitment to your Best Life!
5. MEDITATE BEFORE YOU MEDICATE!
At yesterday's Yoga event organised by Wanderlust Spain, Swami Jyothirmayah informed us that studies have proven that 60-year-olds with a consistent daily 15-minute meditation practice have the mental clarity of 20-year-olds!
This comes as no surprise to me. Meditation has helped me limit my stress, control my anxiety, lengthen my attention span, and improve my emotional health and self-awareness.
If you want to give mental clarity a try, come to my Morning Meditation class at Yoga Glow on Fridays! And if you're not in Barcelona, test the 40 Days to Clarity programme that I put together (in English and in Greek) that only asks you to wake up 15 minutes earlier every morning so you experience the life-transformative benefits of a short daily Meditation practice!
We fall and we get back up. That's our superpower.
Make this Fall your moment of Glory and rise up healthier and happier than you've ever been.
You deserve it.