The temperature has dropped, the nights are drawing in and the leaves are falling. Autumn is definitely here! If you hate the season change you are not alone. Many people get affected by it. We want to carry on doing what we have all year, yet we don’t seem to have the same energy levels.
Many of us feel like hibernating as we don’t fancy going out in the cold, dark and often wet evenings. The days will seem even shorter when the clocks go back at the end of the month. At this time of year, some people suffer from SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD symptoms include low energy levels, mood changes, depression, anxiety, loss of concentration, overeating and sleep problems.
We may start craving stodgy, comfort food and put on a bit of weight. One thing is for sure, our ancestors were much more in tune with the seasons than we are. Lets face it – they had to be. They didn’t have the resources and technology that we have that allow us to work into the night, lit by artificial lights etc.
So one of the things that you may want to try doing is to listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Slow down if you feel your energy levels are dropping. Wrap up warm and eat more soups and stews!
You can also try some tapping statements to help you adjust. Here are a sample of setup statements that you may want to try.
- Even though I hate the clocks going back and I find the dark nights so depressing, I still deeply and completely accept myself anyway
- Even though I don’t want to go out because it’s so dark and cold, I accept my feelings anyway
- Even though I feel like hibernating when autumn starts, I love and accept myself
- Even though my energy levels drop in the autumn and I get frustrated with myself, I deeply and completely accept myself anyway
- Even though I feel so down because it gets dark so early and I really crave sunlight, I’m ok
- Even though I don’t want to slow down but my energy levels force me to, what if I could listen to my body’s needs
- Even though I can’t do all the things I want to in the autumn, I’m open to accepting that
- Even though my body feels so sluggish in the autumn and winter, I’m open to accepting this
- Even though I crave stodgy, comfort food, what if I ate what my body needed
- Even though I put weight on at this time of year because I eat stodgy comfort food, I love and accept myself anyway
- Even though I feel so lethargic and I don’t have the energy to do much, I accept my feelings anyway
- Even though I have to change my lifestyle because of this seasonal change and I hate doing it, I accept my feelings about it
I hope these statements have inspired you to do some tapping and release these feelings about the onset of autumn!
Try to look at the positive things about this time of year – the beautiful fall colours, catching up on your projects (e.g. sorting out your photos, reading, painting), enjoying the foods you don’t fancy in the summer (soups, stews and pies) and enjoying a slower pace of life.
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