Labor Day has come and gone. To many of us, this means “the end” of summer. Parents are shopping for school supplies, and children are getting ready to begin or return to school. College students are shifting focus as they return to full time study mode, often leaving home. Now is a good time to think about this imminent transition and set an intention to end the summer well.
Set Aside Time to Think About Autumn: By acknowledging the end of summer we can look forward to what we would like to happen during autumn. Recognize how things are going, and the changes we can make. It is a good time to examine and clarify goals and set up plans before we become overwhelmed with the activities and obligations.
Prepare Now: We can relieve some of the stress of getting back to work or school or a busy schedule if we plan and organize now. Not only does this help with forestall feeling overwhelmed but it allows us to examine what is accomplished and what is ignored.
Finish What We Started: If we’ve been putting off the end of a project because we felt we had time later, now is the time to create and honor a deadline. Clearing the decks leaves space for creativity and time to address what needs to be done in the fall.
Allow Happiness to Factor Into the Equation: We can notice the time we worry about things over which we have little or no control and then turn that energy toward things we can control and enjoy…a last-minute getaway, a beach picnic, or simply time with friends, relaxing before the summer is over.