As fall approaches, it’s not uncommon for people to feel a bit emotional; with fluctuating weather temperatures and distinct aromas in the air, the passing days become shorter. The fragrant smells of fall such as apple pies, cinnamon sticks, vanilla and pumpkin are inviting when shopping in bakeries, local shops or restaurants; the familiar aromas bring thoughts of Holidays.  There are football games to watch, upcoming festivities to plan and comfort foods being served on the tables of many. Fond memories of summer linger yet, but it doesn’t take long before everyone is geared up for a new season. It comes with change, and so … we too begin to change right along with it.

As summer departs, the Northern Hemisphere begins to tilt away from the sun, bringing cooler temperatures to earth; it’s called the September equinox, which includes the magnificent sights of the harvest moon. This cooling off period (fall season) takes some adjustment, so while summer is past…sometimes letting go is hard. It takes time during this seasonal transition (fall into winter) and brings about a lifestyle change for many. Some will feel anxious about the arrival of winter, as its climate can vary year to year. The mixed emotions people experience are because of the noticeable effects it can have on your body as well as your mind (thoughts). As the days become shorter and nights longer, a hormonal imbalance can change the way you think and feel; often causing a disturbance in sleep patterns. Some deal with depression (SAD, a seasonal affective disorder), while others have physical ailments in colder temperatures. However, the positive sides to these seasonal changes are people will sleep longer, providing more physical energy and their minds become sharper, at times being more creative.

Knowing we are currently in a transition period on the outside (outdoors), we can certainly help ourselves on the inside; our bodies. Try and get more rest, taking advantage early on will help prepare yourself for holiday months to come. Maybe think about detoxing from those summer cocktails, barbeques and mayo based salads before you get into comfort foods. Soups, greens and vegetables should be on the menu for a couple of weeks, not to mention herbal teas. Detoxing always makes the body feel better. You might also consider fasting one day a week, giving your digestive track a break; recently it was suggested to me. It’s difficult at first, but after the initial first week (body shock) it isn’t so bad. Seasons will always come and go, leaving us with fond memories each time. It offers us all a chance to begin again; a time to renew our hopes.

I leave you this quote from ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~ “Gone are the birds that were our summer guests.”

Make your week count.