By Cielo McClendon
Autumn is arriving. Your mind, body, and spirit may still be stuck in summer. Fall is a comfort season filled with lots of coziness, peace, and happiness. With the color-changing leaves, drastic weather changes, and eventful holidays, this time of year could get crazy. Although, there are some bright sides to this season and it is important to make the most of it. Are you prepared for autumn?
To prepare for autumn mentally, here are some ideas:
There are plenty of ways to prepare for autumn physically. Warming up in a cozy or comfortable sweater or hoodie is very beneficial. You can wear one at home, to school, when you're cold, it is the perfect necessity that is much needed for fall. Decorating your home for the upcoming holiday season is not only a great activity to do with friends and family, it can help your mind get in the festive mood. Carving pumpkins and making pumpkin pie, putting up the scarecrows on the lawn, making pumpkin spiced lattes, dressing up for Halloween, and preparing Thanksgiving dinner are also fun activities to get into the fall spirit. Have nothing to do after school? Join a club to stay occupied or a sport to keep yourself active. You get 15 hours of community service as well! Here is a list of clubs that you can join at any time:
Emotionally, you can clean your room or a messy area in your household. This contributes to your mental health and makes you feel better about yourself. Sleeping in a warm, clean bed can prevent you from losing any sleep. Maintaining a consistent after school or after work routine could make you happier and be more organized. Meditating can help with depression and calm your emotions when you're upset or mad. Meditating could also keep your mind and body on the same page in an emotionally productive way.
Preparing for autumn in any way is easy. It is a chaotic and mentally challenging season with many bright sides. If anything becomes hard or overwhelming, take a step back and remember why you are here. It’s not always going to be easy but there are people here for you. Autumn is enjoyable; don’t waste a second of this beautiful season.