Observations & meditations on modern life
Autumn is well and truly here. It’s wet, cold, and grey, but at least it’s also pretty.
Some people get excited about scarves and jumpers and boots but in all honesty, that’s just not me. It’s definitely darker in the mornings and evenings, which is something that I really struggle with and I know it’s not just me. I have had a S-A-D lamp in the past and not sure how much it helped if I’m honest.
So, what do I do about this? Cling onto routine. I hold onto those things that I do each day that gets me up and out, keeping my mind and body ticking over without slipping into that dreary duvet hole which sits somewhere between mourning the summer and feeling shut down by the darkness. So I get dressed first thing in the morning to avoid feeling lethargic in my PJs (I definitely have a thing about this – once I’m up I’m often dressed within thirty minutes). I make sure I walk the dogs come rain or shine. I take myself to my office to get some work done, whether or not I have clients.
Keeping that movement in my life keeps me from going stale. It keeps me from going into “hibernation mode” where all I can think about is the fact that I dislike the grey skies. It reminds me that it’s not all cold and gross; sometimes the sun does shine and then, honestly, it’s probably the prettiest time of year. Nature does this amazing transitional thing where all the colours blend together seamlessly and I don’t think can really mimic that natural beauty in any other context.
So really, at the end of the day, this time of year reminds me that there is beauty in even the things that can make you feel the most run down. Knowing that there are things in the world that can make you feel low actually forces you to look after yourself and that can only be a good thing.
Ultimately, it’s the harder things that we face that make us stronger people. If we didn’t have the grey skies, we’d never appreciate the sunshine.