While staying in the present moment is a good thing, it’s also beneficial for people with seasonal affective disorder to take certain precautionary measures before the daylight really starts slipping away in September. Things like remembering to take a significant dose of Vitamin D (this is something I do, please talk to your doctor if you want actual medical advice!), using a dawn simulator or light therapy lamp, and maintaining a regular exercise routine.I also like to make plans. For much of the summer, I didn’t really need to make a list of things to look forward to because summer is in itself a more positive time for me: lots of activities, better moods, more energy, and plenty of stuff going on locally. July in particular was full of events and nonstop busy; I can’t believe how fast it went by!
Autumn, however, symbolizes one major thing for me: my fourth semester of college and my first semester in the nursing program (apart from less daylight hours and worsening depressive symptoms, of course). So to put aside the nerves and anxiety over that huge weight on my shoulders, I’m compiling a list of things to look forward to about the fall.
Apple picking! We’re surrounded by apple orchards in Ulster County, so the only problem is which one to choose.And after apple picking comes, of course, pie baking 🙂 Our second wedding anniversary is in October, which makes me so excited <3 There’s also crisp, cool Hudson Valley area hikes to look forward to (the Catskills, Shawangunks, Berkshires, and Adirondacks are all within a day’s drive!). I love the brilliant oranges and reds everywhere you look once October comes.
Local festivals! The O+ Festival is an inspiring art, music, and wellness event that started here in Kingston and also takes place in San Francisco this year. Yay!Others I’m curious about are the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival, and maybe checking out the annual Garlic Festival in Saugerties again.
What else? Pumpkins. Warm apple cider. A Fall Equinox party, perhaps? My nursing clinicals: classroom learning is one thing, but I’m excited to wear my scrubs and work in the hospital. Scarves and sweaters for those chilly-but-not-yet-freezing days and nights. Thinking of all these things makes me happy.
What are you looking forward to about the fall? Am I completely silly for making this list when August has only just begun? What do you still have to check off your summer to-do list? What’s making you happy lately?
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Wonderful thoughts. After a full summer, not quite over, there is a lot to look forward to, dear Christy! I love hearing you so happy and seeing the love in your eyes.
Thanks Aunt Susie- there is a lot to still enjoy about summer, I should keep that in mind. (I miss you!)
Oh wow, you couldn’t be more correct in calling that a fairy tale photo!
I really like the idea of turning autumn and the pending winter into a positive thing. I truly don’t have a problem with autumn itself…my issues start in late October/early November when it starts to get gray and cold, and stays that way through April (thanks, Michigan). However, why not start the positivity early? I might have to steal this post idea in a little while, if you don’t mind. 🙂
Yes, why *not* start the positivity early? The gray and cold day in and day out are super tough to deal with- you have an even longer winter season than I do here in NY!
I don’t mind at all if you use my post idea! Glad it resonated with you 🙂
People keep talking about fall so I can’t help but realize it’s definitely getting close. However, like you, I also counted how many weeks and days we still have! I love fall and I love apple picking and festivals and pumpkins and even fall TV. I love it. It’s winter that I can’t stand, no matter how hard I try. I get through usually ok, but it’s hard for me to adjust to the lack of light and warmth.
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Absolutely, Tamara- I love the fall too, but it’s become a precursor to my wintertime depression. I’m making an extra effort this year to enjoy all of my favorite fall things as much as I can- while still concentrating on classes, of course!
Those are some great things to look forward too! Congratulations on your wedding anniversary, that is wonderful.
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I LOVE the trees in Autumn! To be honest, I prefer Autumn, Spring & Winter over Summer most of the time. Summer is so hot! I prefer to wrap up warm 🙂
Aren’t the trees just breathtaking? I have some friends that feel the same way you do about the summer heat- it can get stifling sometimes! I’m soaking up the sun now while looking forward to the cooler temps of fall!
Apple picking and apple pie? Wow! Lucky you! Our two-year anniversary is coming up in August and I am so excited too! Congrats on continuing your education. I wish I lived in a place where autumn was an actual season. Not much changing of the leaves here in LA.
Ahh, but you’ve got the ocean in LA, something I have to drive a couple hours to get to. It’s all relative 🙂 Congratulations on your anniversary, too!
I think this list is a great idea…it’s getting you ready for the Fall. Now you know what to do and what to look forward to before you feel down. You’ve got me really excited for Fall festivals…and now I want to see if I can find an apple orchard!
Thanks, Leslie! Good luck finding an apple orchard- I’m partial to the ones with apple cider doughnuts made on site, haha.