Fall is when nature’s energy starts moving in and down.
Leaves start falling off trees.
Nights stretch out longer and longer.
If it feels to you like the whole world gets sleepy when the weather gets cold, you’re right.
Nature is starting to rest more.
And if you want to feel less stressed this fall, so should you.
One aspect of stress is a physiological response that happens in your body.
And evolutionarily there was a good reason for it.
If a lion was chasing you, your body needed to prioritize its energy to give you the best chance of getting out of there alive.
So it was advantageous to have all your blood rush out of your core, away from your digestive organs, and into your limbs so your muscles could help you run and fight.
But in today’s world, this response is mostly unnecessary.
The problem is, your body responds the same way to threatening thoughts as it does to a physical threat.
And stressful thoughts are triggered any time you resist what is.
In autumn, that means you’ll feel more stressed if you resist the in and down energy progression that nature is taking.
If you resist your natural need to rest more in autumn and winter, that’s one of the most sure-fire ways to trigger your stress response.
And when you trigger this stress-response multiple times a day, every day, you end up with chronic stress.
Which basically means you get in the habit of being stressed, which can wear you down fast in mind, body, and spirit.
Since the energy of fall is moving in and down, it’s important that you prioritize the same in and down energy in your lifestyle.
Now is the time to say “no” to anything that doesn’t light you up.
Now is the time to give yourself an earlier bed-time.
Now is the time to turn inward and ask yourself what you need in order to feel rested, and give it to yourself.
And that’s a great way to start feeling less stressed this fall.
Now I’d love to hear from you!
What stress-relieving strategies work best for you?
Leave a comment and let me know, because you might just inspire someone else to help themselves.