It does not feel like Fall here in Michigan. At the time that I’m writing this, the high was 91 degrees. And it has been this way for a whole week now. But ya know, I’m sort of okay with it. I am a summer weather girl at heart, but I love the fashion and the scenery that fall brings.
This week is going to bring cooler temperatures to the Mitten, and I’m looking forward to going out and enjoying some of my favorite mindfulness activities for the fall. Transition seasons are amazing opportunities to practice mindfulness. You can learn a lot about your life and yourself during seasonal transitions, especially with mindfulness. For example, I tend to know myself pretty well, and I know that I don’t do well in the winter. I struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder, or seasonal depression. I don’t do well with the darkness (eh, light owl?) or the cold weather. And if you’re from Michigan or have been to Michigan in the winter, you know that the days are oftentimes grey and drizzly. I might like winter better if we got those beautiful big flakes of snow more than once or twice a year. But the sad reality is that winter in Michigan is just no good.
But we aren’t talking about winter. We’re talking about FALL today. This fall, I’m making a point to practice more self-awareness so I can be better prepared to take on the winter. When I’m more in check with my feelings and needs, I can be proactive and keep myself from slipping into that deep dark hole that sucks me in sometime around February.
Regardless of whether or not you struggle with any sort of mental health concerns, mindfulness is beneficial for everybody. It isn’t as difficult or complicated as it sounds, really. Mindfulness is all about bringing your attention to the present moment.Mindfulness is all about bringing your attention to the present moment. Click To Tweet
The thing about mindfulness is that your feelings and experiences are neither good nor bad. You can be angry and mindful at the same time, just like you can be peaceful and mindful at the same time. Mindfulness doesn’t judge whether something is right or wrong. It just tells you what is. Sound woo woo? It’s really not.
Related Reading: Mindful Mondays Series Part One: What is Mindfulness?