1. Buckle Down On Your Goals
While most of our resolutions and goals are made at the beginning of the year, autumn can actually be a great time to set some new goals as well. Focusing on the ways you’d like to improve helps shift the focus from the end of summer, to the start of exciting new advances happening in your life. Even if you’re not the most goal-oriented, high-achieving person, setting small incremental goals will start you on your way to becoming an all-new, improved version of yourself. This year, my goal is to learn a language (Spanish) in a year—so far, I’m six months in and still kicking, only six months left to go. Have a goal to start a side business or go backpacking through Europe? What better time than autumn to get started – what are you waiting for?
2. Cherish What Is Left of Summer
Technically, summer isn’t over until late September. And even if you live in a place where the weather gets cold around august, you can still make the best of the long days and shorter nights. Try gathering a bunch of friends and taking a road trip or a camping trip to the nearest lake, or nearby city. Make sure to take plenty of pictures of summer events and make a scrapbook or fill an art journal with beautiful memories from the summer that you’d like to remember for years to come.
3. Get Excited About Fall/Winter
Fall and winter may not have the glistening heat and excitement of spring and summer, but they are filled with holiday occasions like Halloween, Thanksgiving and many more. Even as an adult, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to redecorating your house for the new season, holiday crafting or forming your holiday wish list. Getting into a winter hobby like skiing, snowboarding, reading some winter-themed books or movies, and getting a fall/winter wardrobe will help you get into the spirit of the season.
4. Focus On Your Mental Health
The end-of-summer blues aren’t specific just to children who have to trade in carefree days of summer for full days of school. However, many adults find it difficult to adjust to the changes in the season and the waning sunlight. SAD (seasonal affective disorder) affects a number of the American population and can lead to constant low moods, lethargy, irritability and other symptoms. Black women in particular are prone to mental illnesses and often go untreated for long periods of time. However, a big part of self-care and good mental health is learning how to recharge and relax, which seeing a therapist or counselor can help you learn how to do. Here is a therapist directory that lists a number of mental health professionals across the United States, who are well-equipped to provide aid to Black women and girls:
Moreover, the simple act of observing and noticing your surroundings, as well as being mindful can help counter stress. Also, recanting positive memories from the past can help evoke feelings of joy and improve your relaxation state when you feel upset. Some great ideas for preventing or curbing SAD include meditating daily, detoxing from social media, maintaining a regular sleep schedule and journaling daily.
"Grace is a freelance writer and blogger from Canada. Her work has been featured on HerCampus, 21Ninety, Read Unwritten. She is a voracious reader, a dog-lover and a self-professed pop culture junkie. Her other hobbies include watching sappy romantic comedies, consuming too many strawberry-filled doughnuts and people-watching. Grace currently attends university, where she is working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Pre-Law."