The days are getting darker, the rain is falling heavy and you wrap up, trying to avoid turning the heating on for as long as possible. Autumn is here – and autumn can be tough. As leaves fall and the season changes so might relationships, friendships, working environments and all aspects of life, really. It’s no wonder we might end up feeling a little under the weather.

Here at Climax Online we are extremely proud to have our very own counsellor and psychotherapist Carol Sexty on board, sharing her wisdom and advice with us. In her latest blog post she gives insight into some of the ways in which you can turn autumnal blues into autumnal bliss.

Autumn is upon us, Summer is over and change is in the air. In poetry, Autumn is sometimes associated with melancholy: grey skies, falling leaves, dark nights drawing in, so we turn more ‘inward’, reflecting perhaps on our physical and mental health, our relationships, what we have in our lives.

Taking time to reflect on ourselves, where we are and where we want to be, can help motivate ourselves into making changes for the better. And what better time of the year to get out and about and seek inspiration for changes than Autumn, with its crisp mornings, cool temperature and vibrant colours, making for a stunning landscape. So take some time to get outside and clear your head, explore the wonderful countryside on our doorsteps, refresh yourself with a walk in the park, breathe in the  air and notice the sights, smells, sounds and feel of the Autumn season.

As you walk, take time to be thankful for the people and things in your life that you are grateful for, that bring you energy and uplift you. Perhaps you might also take time to reflect on whether there are also aspects of your life and people in your life that are not so good for you, that deplete your energy levels.

Perhaps there are changes you might wish to make to re-balance your life – finding new friends and starting new activities. You may want to make room for these new changes by deciding to spend less time on the people and aspects of your life that are not so good for you.

If this sounds too daunting, pause for a while and enjoy the present. Then think about how you might start with one small change and set yourself a realistic time scale for making the change.

Remember:

Life is not a race, but a journey, to be savoured every step of the way (Bonnie Mohr)

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Carol Sexty

Counsellor/Psychotherapist

www.pinkcounsellingsheffield.co.uk

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