Welcome to a new month!
I wanted to take a moment to pause and reflect on this past season, as well as look forward to what is to come.
How are you feeling about this shift in this moment?
Do you find yourself pulled to cozy-in or dreading shorter days?
Regardless of how we feel about the seasons coming and going, they will continue to do so. Change is happening around us all the time. As we transition into fall, I invite you to consider these next few months in regard to your needs and growth with a relaxation exercise:
Fall is a time that encourages rest, changing our pace, and slowing down.
Does that feel in line with how you life is going right now?
Or do things feel incredibly hectic and stressful?
I want to remind you that, while things will inevitably continue changing around us, it is not sustainable to stay in chaos long-term. As we have navigated a pandemic and many other stressors over the past 2 years, we may feel accustomed to stress- yet, this is not good for our overall wellness. It's okay to acknowledge, without judgement, if this has been a strange and difficult time. It's also okay to acknowledge if you feel like you are growing, healing, and doing well.
There will be many seasons in your life and you are the root of them all. How you adapt, respond, and care for yourself will help guide your next chapter. Let's explore these themes further with some journal prompts:
In what ways are you allowing rest in your life now? What are 2 ways you could add rest into your life?
What was happening in your life this time last year? How have you grown?
When looking ahead to next year, what do you hope is different?
What did you enjoy about the summer months and what are you ready to say goodbye to?
What are 5 activities/ experiences/ goals that you can prioritize this month?
What is 1 heavy thought/ judgement/ worry that you wish to release in this season?
I am wishing you all a beautiful fall and want to thank you for taking this time with me!
Meredith Waller MSW, LCSW
Based in Boulder, CO and offering online counseling throughout Colorado
-Certified Shame-Informed Treatment Specialist
-Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional