On Navigating Seasonal Transitions

On Navigating Seasonal Transitions

My teachers are always telling me that transitions are where the good stuff happens - the opportunities to grow. My good friend summed it up recently when she told me, "I'm really uncomfortable right now. I must be growing."

Today I want to share with you few things that have always helped me through transitions be they seasonal or big life transitions.

1) Set up your environment to make taking care of yourself easy.

Think about what is coming up in the next season and what your body might want with the new schedule.

Get your environment ready for the transition in weather; your closet, your windows, your fridge, your comforter.

Make an intentional practice of taking care of your future self in this small way.

2) Get outside.

Forest bathing, or Shinrin-Yoku, originated in Japan.

It is prescribed by medical doctors there to lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones, like cortisol.

Forest bathing involves both immersing ourselves in natural environments and engaging the sense. 

The natural world around us is transitioning all the time and our own transition is just a part of that larger whole. 

It reminds us that we are never alone in our transitions.