Autumn is my favorite season. I love cuddling up in warm clothes. I like the heavy stew of flavors that the harvest brings. But I also know there are times when this season can be depressing.
Do the Amish get depressed? Of course they do! We are all prone to the blues sometimes. I am not talking about serious depression that needs medical attention or counseling. Those are times it is wise to seek help. Rather, I am thinking of the times when we find ourselves low and in need of cheering up.
Autumn is a turning in time. The days are shorter. I spend more time inside. Rain makes the skies grey. And this year I have moved cross-country to a whole new community. I am alone more often as I find new friends, which will take time. Much as the adventure of our move is thrilling it is hard work to settle in a new place. Finding the library, where to shop, a new place to worship, new doctor, dentist, mechanic, all the details of life need to be found from scratch.
I do not have kids to manage now. It’s just me and my husband, a couple of empty nesters. So there will be many times he is gone to work all day and I am unpacking and getting work done on and around the house.
It’s a big job and will take time. So I am thinking ahead. I know all this change of place, season and lifestyle will be overwhelming. And sometimes the weather is not going to help me out. No sunshine streaming into my new windows. I thought I’d start creating a list of things that will ease the blues when they come. (Maybe you have some ideas to share too.)
Give myself the luxury of escaping into a good book all afternoon
Bake a favorite recipe and turn a blind eye to the calories
Have breakfast for dinner
Give myself permission to feel sad for a little while
Start a new knit project even if I already have one on the needles
Make a cup of tea and admire the autumn trees in my new yard
Watch a favorite chick flick
Phone call to a good friend for a long chat
These are little ways I will offer myself comfort. My question to you: How do you ease a blue mood? When there is one too many grey days in a row what do you do?