Here in the UK, if the truth be told, we have had an amazing scorcher of a Summer and even though the leaves are slowly beginning to change colour and fall to the ground and the evening darkness is sneakily approaching earlier, we still have a lot of the summer left. It is warm, muggy and our windows seem to be permanently open with the air conditioner pipe peeping clumsily over the ledge.
In a couple of days, we will be having our last long bank holiday weekend then it is that long slow stretch to Christmas. Many of us have plans for this last long weekend, some will be going to the the Noting Hill Carnival in London, or to the seaside and some of us last minute dotcomers will be off out of the country to the Mediterranean somewhere enjoying their annual family holiday….no names mentioned.
No matter where you live around the world and whether you are married, divorced or single we all have an intimate, ongoing relationship with our weather. What happens outside affects you inside your home and within you too. Consider how your life and moods shifts as the seasons of the year phase in or out. You can take advantage of these seasonal changes to make each season special and unique in its own way. Summer is on its way out are you prepared for Autumn?
Use these tips to help you get ready for a happy, healthy Autumn season that your whole family can enjoy:
- Prepare your home for the change in the weather. It's wise to take care of tasks such as examining weather-stripping, storm windows and your heating system this time of year.
- Look a few months ahead as you think about any preparations or repairs you might want to make to your home before the first cold fronts arrive. Being prepared brings you peace of mind and can avert a stressful crisis down the road.
- Use special autumn activities to strengthen your family bond. Spend a dinner out together or a family evening at home to plan things to do together in the Autumn.
- Make it even more enjoyable by allowing each of your kids to choose a favored Autumn activity.
- Whether you visit a local pumpkin patch for hot apple cider in late October or plan a drive to your closest national park – (for me it is the wonderful Greenwich Park in London) to view the changing leaves, you can arrange to spend plenty of special autumn times together as a family.
- Autumn's approach can be something for your family to look forward to together. Start new family traditions with fun Autumn activities.
- Engage your family in Autumn menu planning. Encouraging your children to take part in the planning of some delicious seasonal meals serves many purposes.
- It's fun for the kids to have a choice in what the family eats. As a single parent, you have teaching opportunities about foods, nutrition, cooking, budgeting, and cultural diversity. So you can all look forward to preparing and enjoying the meal together.
- Incorporate your children's ideas into your Autumn meal planning as a way to teach them about Autumn vegetables and healthy, flavourful
- Evaluate your moods as Autumn sets in. In the past, have you noticed specific changes in your moods as the leaves drop from the trees and the weather cools?
- Do you feel relieved that the Summer heat is dissipating for a spell? Or do you feel disappointed because there will soon be fewer hours of daylight, the clocks will go back in the UK on the 30th of October and British Summer time will be over and we will be back to GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and the weather will be getting cold?
- Thinking about how the coming season will affect your mood is a smart thing to do in preparation for autumn's arrival. That way, you can be better prepared for any seasonal shifts in your emotions.
Regardless of where you live in the world, it's helpful to consider how your life will be affected when Autumn sets in. Embracing each season of the year through good planning will help you enjoy that particular season's bounty. Get ready now for the shift into Autumn!
Whatever you do, take the process in your stride, it is all part of your Believe and Live Again recovery, bounce back and transition journey from being a “we” to becoming a “me”.
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In the meantime, until next time, Keep Smiling, Keep Strong and Keep Believing.
Best Wishes and God's Blessings
Zina Arinze helps female professionals, business women, entrepreneurs and women of faith, swiftly recover from the grief and trauma of domestic abuse as well as the stigma of divorce, separation or relationship breakdown by giving them clarity for their radiant future so that they are able to transition their mindsets from “we” to “me”, reconnect to their positive of self, regain their feminine power and walk in the healing restorative power of God. A lawyer by training and armed with an MBA, Zina has over 15 years in IT Project Management Consultancy, Training and Capacity Building for both the Public and Private Sectors, she very passionate about building lasting relationships and encouraging the discovery, development and deployment of hidden talents.