In the spirit of addressing the many layers of being a woman today, I am trying to do my best to discuss mental health and womanhood more often. My sincere hope is that by continuing to give it some room with this tab, it will help you remember that you aren’t alone and are supported. Today, Astrid shares a few tips to help us end the summer. Astrid Schmidt LCSW-R is a psychotherapist, jewelry designer and mama living in NYC. She helps women transform their lives. Find out more on instagram.
We can feel the end of summer lingering. The days are slow and warm, yet growing shorter as the sun continues to retreat.
As we prepare to change the energetic channel in September, it can be helpful to meet this transition with a bit of conscious reflection and planning.
1. Over the next week or two, take some time to review. Summer is an expansive time, and it often brings it’s own kind of inner work. The full light of the sun seems to shine awareness into hidden aspects of Self. Maybe you experienced significant revelations, unexpected events, even grief. Perhaps you blossomed and bloomed in ways that surprised you. What did you learn about yourself this summer? What came up for you? What were the meaningful themes?
2. Take advantage of the warmth….soak it up now. Be with what is. Go for leisurely strolls, walk in the sun, go to the beach, or head to your favorite park to lay on the grass. Gather up all the light that you can, without clinging to it, and keep it close to your heart. Draw from that warmth as the days ahead begin to cool.
3. Clean and organize. Around the end of August, set a day to clean out your closets, pantry, fridge etc. Rearrange furniture. Clear out the stale energy. Smudge. Refreshing your home is a beautiful way to honor the seasonal shift.
We intuitively crave beauty and meaning. Bringing action, reflection and reverence to the process of change grounds anxiety and puts us in deeper relationship to a meaningful life. Being proactive helps us feel inwardly more sturdy, as we shore up our resources and prepare for the winter ahead..