As we enter deeper into the fall season and soon with the time change, seemingly shorter days. Crisper temperatures, more dark than light, we as human beings need to change with the seasons.
First of all do what brings you joy. Besides your work and family life, take the time to embrace the quietness and stillness of the time of year.
Take in a brisk walk outdoor as you crunch the leaves on the ground with your feet,
Turn on some soft mellow jazz at home as you make a pot of hot soup, or read a good book in your pajamas on a lazy Sunday.
I find this time of year is a time to go inward. As we do that, we may bump against some of our fears and worries, we may face not only the dark and loneliness of the time of year, but also within!
Find peace in your darkness and be okay with alone time. It is a great time to re-charge, re-group, plan for the future and re-structure your life, work, business or even do some deep de-cluttering or cleaning to rid yourself of old energy!
I don’t know about you, but in the spring when the day light returns and the nice weather comes back, I feel more alive and energized!
In the late fall and winter months, I am less likely to spend more time outside and I tend to go inwards too and as a result my time may edge on having more alone time, less energy and perhaps wanting to snuggle under the covers of my bed for a good nap on a Sunday afternoon!
Is this true for you?
Do you slow down a little this time of year?
Then be okay with the change in pace!
Make your time richer by bringing in different rituals and ways to spend your precious energy, time and yes even money!
A few ideas to help you honour the seasonal changes include;
- Eat your greens. There is a tendency to eat carbs and hibernate this time of year for sure. But do yourself a favour, eat clean and healthy.
- Exercise, layer up, put on a scarf and toque and beat the cold temperatures and brisk winds and go a walk. It is mind over matter. If you don’t mind the cold, it won’t matter! What happens is you end up coming home from your walk more hot and sweaty than you do on a warm summer’s day!
- Embrace the quiet time. Read more, take a workshop, host a small dinner party, or a games night with friends, head to a Jazz Bar on a Sunday afternoon, do things differently than you would do life in the spring and summer!
- Lastly, get your rest. If you need it get it! Sleep deprivation has been cited as a major contributor to many illnesses, diseases and chronic conditions.Sleep deprivation has been cited as a major contributor to many illnesses, diseases and chronic conditions. Get your rest!
- Change the routine, explore new outlets for fun, play, learning and other ways to sharpen the saw. Go to an art gallery, walk inside the mall…(4 laps of Yorkdale is about a mile and a half)!!! Take in a lecture, go to a dance, see a play or concert, but embrace the new routines and possibilities that life presents this time of year!
I guarantee that when spring comes, you will be a better you and you can have more time to spend loving life then too!
Now, go be empowered this week and enjoy the seasons changes.
David is an author, business coach and facilitator and was the former host/producer and creator of the Small Business Big Ideas Show heard weekly for over 9 years. David has taught thousands over the years in both the non-profit and for profit sectors and has coached hundreds of start-ups to make those important first steps. He specializes in helping small business owners mine their strengths, get clear on their value, their markets and then begin to develop a sales and marketing game plan that gets results.
He also can be booked to do his keynote presentations; “The 8 Keys to Success, How I got to Kiss the Stanley Cup and his new keynote called “A breakthrough-through the glass”- how to overcome the fear that life and business might throw your way. He leads workshops in sales, marketing, market research, business plans, target marketing and customer service programs. David is currently with the City of Toronto, heading up an entrepreneur training program for inner city youth and adults. He has taught thousands and coached numerous clients in the area of Small Business Start-ups and business growth strategies.