Make Your Fall Fulfilling
With each new season comes an opportunity for a fresh take on our routines and what we hope to experience and accomplish during the next few months. In nature this cycle helps the natural world work with the changing seasons rather than against them. The same is true for us. This year, think of fall as your chance to take a step back and rethink your routine – what do you need and want to accomplish from a personal Peak Performance standpoint? How do you want to prioritize your time?
Once you have an idea of what you hope and desire to experience this fall – outline your goals and develop a plan to make it happen. For example, now is a great time to reconnect with family and friends. Maybe it’s time to host a healthy brunch centered around autumn flavors. Or perhaps you have home projects you put off this past summer that are a perfect fit as temperatures begin to cool and we spend more time indoors. The change of seasons also offer a wonderful opportunity to re-assess and review your health and self-care – are there areas for improvement?
Here are three great ways to help you achieve personal Peak Performance this fall and feel even more fulfilled.
1. Slow Down & Reconnect
Autumn is a great time to try out new recipes and restaurants with cozy, comfort food and fall-friendly ingredients. Prioritize opportunities to get comfortable and settle in with those that matter most in your life. You’ll find this time renews your relationships and has a centering effect on your emotional ego. Keep in mind that cooler temperatures don’t necessarily mean trading in summer’s physical activities for a sedentary existence. Bundle up and head outside for walk or bike ride to enjoy fall’s the changing colors and crisp fresh air.
2. Tidy Your Nest
Just like spring, fall offers us an opportunity to clean house literally and figuratively. Summer schedules and activities tend to leave in their wake a pile of gear, clothing and other items that aren’t required for the six months to come. Set aside time to sort through your clothing and decide what to keep for next summer and what to either donate or hand down. Do the same with sports gear and donate items that will no longer be adequate or useful for you or your family next summer. Paring down on these items will help you know exactly what you have and what you might need to replace. Similarly, house projects are often delayed during the summer months. Fall is the perfect time to tackle home repairs, updates and upgrades. It’s also the perfect time to reorganize your space so that you thoroughly enjoy it this winter.
3. Prioritize Your Health & Self-Care
As temperatures cool and days slowly become shorter it can be tempting to lighten up your exercise routine. Instead, explore how you can move effectively indoors – are there exercises you’re interested in trying that adapt well to being inside? Whether you go to another location, such as a gym, or use the Internet for a home fitness practice, incorporate these activities into your schedule and see if they’re a good fit. Now is a great time to treat yourself to a series of personal massages, acupuncture sessions or hot baths – this will help you deeply relax, recover more quickly from your new exercise routine and transition gracefully through this seasonal change.
Here’s to making your fall fulfilling!
An Executive Health & Lifestyle Coach®, Sylvaine N. Hughson, is the Founder and Director of SNH – The Art & Science of Optimized Living®. As the Principal Coach and Consultant for SNH, Sylvaine works closely with high-level professionals, performance-driven groups, and Fortune 500 companies. She helps her clients unleash the power of optimized mindset, wellness & lifestyle to fuel their peak performance and accomplish their most important goals.
She is certified as a Corporate Wellness Consultant, Corporate Wellness Provider, Holistic Health Coach, Master Transformational Coach, Raw Living Foods Health Educator, FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Educator, Professional Life Coach, Yoga Instructor and Traditional Reiki Master.