Though summer is holding on strong, this year has been one of the hottest here in Toronto, the opening of the CNE today - signals the count down to the unofficial end and good-bye to the unstructured days that scream summer, has started. With any transition in life - whether completely out of nowhere, anticipated or planned - the change of season can be a difficult time if you have not taken the time to prepare for what's ahead.
Here are my 5 tips for saying good-bye to the current season and welcoming the next with a relaxed attitude.
Wardrobe: we have all been there the weather suddenly changes and you're scrambling to find the rain coat and boots, only to discover the coat is missing buttons or the zipper is stuck, and someone has taken a bite out of your rain boot (no furbaby names will be mentioned ...) or you had meant to get that hole fixed. NOW is the time to take inventory of autumn essentials and wardrobe: identify items that may need freshening up at the cleaners, taken to the seamstress or cobbler - avoid stress and long waits by getting these things done now and not waiting to the last minute.
This is also the time to identify any capsule wardrobe pieces that need updating, replacing; and just "needed/must have" (we all enjoy a seasonal trend) pieces.
Skin/Hair Care: Your skin and hair is affected by the weather - do you need to update your products? what worked in the summer heat and humidity may not do so well for the cold and drizzle. Book an appointment with your skin care expert to repair some of the damage for sun exposure and a little too much indulgence. Could your tresses use a little a trim, a little colour repair, or a deep conditioning treatment? Maybe you just want a change ... when a women changes her hair its a sign she is moving forward!
Pantry: The change of season is a great time to go through the pantry and check items for expiry dates - you will be amazed at what can accumulate in a three month period. Make a list of your favourite autumn dishes and use the list to help you plan weekly meals; stock pantry with meal plan ingredients - this will stop you from reaching for "fast and easy" (and usually not so healthy) options.
Fitness: Extra hours of day light and warmer temperatures are beacons calling us to be outside and active in the summer. But, with the shorter day light hours and cool days approach - it is easy to choose to stay under the covers or curl up on the sofa at the end of the day. Start exploring your options for indoor active fun or outdoor group activities that will encourage you to get outside. Planning your cooler temperature activities in advance will also mean that you can be prepare weather appropriate clothing - no excuses!! Exercise/movement is a great stress and anxiety reducer.
Goals/Intentions/Plan: Set some goals and action steps for the next three months. What fun things would you like to do, experience, see that are specific to this season - make a bucket list, set a budget, look for fun free activities hosted by your community. What self care activities do you need to schedule in your planner?
When you take the time to plan ahead you reduce the level of anxiety that surrounds change; you are less luckily to stress out over things; and overall you will increase your " joie de vivre".
How do you prepare for transitioning from summer to fall?