COMBATING THE SUNDAY SCARIES!
Don’t Let Your Monday Ruin your Sunday
Fall has arrived- or will be arriving soon- in most parts of the US.
Here in Colorado, it’s one of the most glorious times of year as the temperatures cool down, football season kicks off, and nature’s transformation signals that ski season is around the corner! 😉
This week’s seven tips are appropriately themed to encourage you to find pleasure in, and be transformed by, this season of change.
1. Enjoy a meal outside.
Depending on where you live, fall may be the perfect time to eat in the fresh air.
The cooler evenings lower the temperatures, which makes it the perfect time to enjoy a harvest potluck with friends in the comfort of your favorite weather.
Dining alfresco is proven to improve your mood and reduce your stress levels. I also like to think it creates a different focus for dinner-table conversation, pick a meal to eat outside this week – tailgating at a football game, taking a picnic to the local park, or eating brunch on the deck or patio – you choose!
2. Drive to see the fall leaves.
We’re having a banner leaf-peeping season here in the Rockies, and I don’t even have to drive to see the show.
It doesn’t mean we don’t do it anyway!
Scenic drives are an opportunity to share experiences with family and friends while seeing beautiful things. Bonus if you’re driving out of service and have no choice but to pretend it’s 1995 and talk to each other.
You can add in a variety of stops along the way- try a new restaurant, buy local produce, go on a hike, wander through local shops, etc.
It’s an annual tradition for me and Jim, and to be honest – we’re about to set off on a little jaunt over to Breckenridge to see some leaves and pick up a mountain bike to support my newest mountain girl hobby (don’t worry, many outdoor life lessons to come from this learning experience)!
3. Plant something now for the future.
So I was this-week-years-old when I learned that fruit trees are usually planted in the fall.
We’ve been planning to add some fruit trees to our yard since we bought our house last summer, and I really wanted my dad to help us with this project.
I didn’t think we’d be able to make it happen, but a string of events made it so when my neighbor’s mom gave us an extra apricot tree she didn’t plant. And as things do around here, planting that tree escalated to buying three more fruit trees from the nursery.
I know we’ll have to wait a hot minute (years) to enjoy the fruit, but I can’t wait to see them bloom in the spring!
Trees, shrubs, and perennial flowers, in general, are best planted in the fall. It gives the plant time to grow its roots before weathering the first hot, dry summer season.
What can you plant and see come to life in the spring?!
4. Visit a local pumpkin patch or corn maze.
This suggestion applies even if you don’t have kids.
When I lived in New England, going to the local pumpkin patch was an annual occasion, and I still miss apple cider donuts! It’s a festive and fun way to celebrate fall and up your step count for the day.
Plus, supporting local agriculture and agritourism reminds us all where our food actually comes from and invests money in your local economy.
5. Host a bonfire.
Fall is the perfect time to host a bonfire!
I mean, come on…s’mores!?!?
The weather is cooler, it gets dark earlier in the evening, and the bugs aren’t as annoying. Even if you don’t have a fire pit, there are plenty of creative and safe ways to have a fire. And, it’s an easy way to invite people over without much planning, preparation, and cleaning!
There is something primal about sharing food and stories around a fire. Hosting a bonfire could be just the thing your neighbors need to build a sense of community.
I may need to take some of my own advice…
6. Enjoy a warm drink.
OK, I’m not even going to mention that seasonal coffee-shop drink that gets all the press this time of year because (unpopular opinion: I am not a fan!). That doesn’t mean there aren’t a million other options, from mulled wine to hot cider, hot chocolate, or a fluffed-up coffee that’ll take the chill off in the morning.
Green tea could be a great option to energize your work day, and a calming and soothing tea can become a great part of your bedtime routine.
Yes, adults can have bedtime routines, too.
7. Be as unique as the changing leaves.
Just as fall offers a great time to make memories, embrace new habits, and take advantage of seasonal activities, it’s a great time to reflect on your strengths as a person and professional.
Luckily, I have a conversation that will enable you to consider how you handle stress, what level of emotional intelligence you bring to the world, and how your learned beliefs impact you today.
It’s one of the strongest episodes of No More Mondays yet, and I hope you will tune in and learn from the wisdom of Carole Stizza!
Here’s to a great autumn week, everyone!
Your Friend and Coach,