As I experience summer begin to fade, I can’t help but notice myself struggling with the changing of seasons. I really, really like sunshine and warmth. This is my happy place where I more easily find opportunities to thrive. For years now, the end of summer has stirred a mix of emotions within me, and I find myself a bit baffled and envious when I hear others share their delight in the cooler temps and approaching fall season.
Over the last few years, I’ve dedicated countless hours to meditation and mindfulness. Yes, I have a long way to go, but I have also come a long way, too. So, this year I’ve chosen to put into practice some of what I’ve learned in my mindfulness journey so far. Below are my tips and encouragement to seek a healthier mindset through the changing of the seasons.
Mindfulness for Moms: Nurturing Self-Care Amidst Change
For mothers like me, the transition from summer to fall can amplify the challenges of daily life. As I grapple with my own feelings, I have found solace in the following mindfulness practices:
Morning Mindful Moments: Each morning, I now take a few precious minutes for quiet reflection. Focusing on my breath, I set an intention to approach the day with a sense of acceptance and openness. This small pause infuses my routine with a renewed sense of calm.
Nature Connection: As the seasons shift, I engage my children in mindful walks outdoors. Together, we admire the changing colors of leaves and the crispness in the air. By sharing these moments of wonder, I not only ground myself in the present, but also foster a deeper connection with my children.
Creative Expression: I’ve learned that when I allow myself to lean into my heightened emotions during this time, my creativity is sparked. I dedicate regular time to creative outlets like journaling, to allow me to channel my emotions and thoughts into something beautiful.
Mindful Practices for Kids: Fostering Awareness and Curiosity
My children face their own emotional journey during this time too. I strive to guide them through it with these mindful practices:
Leaf Play: Encourage kids to revel in the simple delight of jumping into piles of leaves. Through their laughter and observations, they learn to appreciate the sensory experiences of autumn.
Mindful Eating: With seasonal foods abundant, teach children to savor each bite mindfully. This practice not only nurtures their relationship with food but also encourages them to engage with their senses.
Gratitude Rituals: Together, create a gratitude practice, like keeping a gratitude jar, to regularly share moments of thankfulness and build a sense of positivity during the changing seasons.
Family-Centric Mindfulness: Navigating Change Together
As a family, we navigate the transition from summer to fall with shared mindfulness practices:
Seasonal Traditions: Establish new family traditions that honor the changing seasons. These activities—whether it’s apple picking, pumpkin carving, or baking—allow us to create lasting memories while embracing the beauty of change.
Digital Detox Days: Setting aside days for unplugging, we immerse ourselves in quality time outdoors. Through genuine conversations and shared laughter, we strengthen our bonds and find a new sense of peace in being present.
Mindful Reflections: Take time as a family to gather and reflect on the past season’s experiences. Open discussions invite everyone to share their feelings and thoughts, offer support, and foster deeper connection.
My personal struggle with the end of summer has led me to explore mindfulness in profound ways. Through self-care, shared experiences, and open communication, my family and I are learning to embrace the changing seasons with a newfound appreciation and readiness for what lies ahead. As the leaves change and the air turns crisp, let mindfulness be the guiding light for your family’s journey through this beautiful transition.