When Seasons Change, So Do We
By: Tajiya Holland
Red, orange, yellow, and green leaves sway in the distance while the cool breeze gently brushes my cheeks. I warm myself with hot apple cider held between my palms and the air is filled with the delightful aroma of freshly baked pumpkin bread. I hear the satisfying crunch of dried leaves beneath my feet as I step into autumn!
These are some of the sensations we experience during this time of year, but what do the seasons truly offer us? Change remains constant—as we move through different times of the year, our lives shift along with them.
How changing seasons impact our lives
The seasons impact many aspects of our daily lives, including our activities, clothing choices, destinations, and diets. In autumn, we search for stylish layering pieces because the mornings and evenings are chilly, while the days are warm. We spend as much time as possible outdoors, gathering pumpkins and apples before winter arrives.
During the winter, we wrap ourselves in cozy socks by the fire, gazing at the glistening white snow through the window. Spring announces its arrival with a mixture of rain and sunshine. Tulips bloom, and animals venture out to play, just as we do. In summer, we don swimsuits and vibrant sundresses to head to the beach for picnics and barbecues. How do these external conditions connect with our internal experiences?
How changing seasons impact our internal clock
Secondly, our internal clock, which is influenced by light, plays a crucial role in regulating our alertness and melatonin levels. This process, in turn, impacts other bodily systems like metabolism and serotonin production. As the autumn and winter months bring reduced daylight, our bodies produce more melatonin (regulating the sleep/wake cycle) and less serotonin (regulating mood), which can make us feel less than great. However, these months also come with beloved holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year, which can help contribute to a positive and cheerful atmosphere.
The changing seasons can act as a guide for happenings in your life. Taking note of the symbolism in nature will give you instructions and clarity of what’s occurring and what is to come. So, how can we adjust to these seasonal situations?
How to adjust to changing seasons
Autumn asks us to wind down: As the leaves change color and fall, our surroundings transform. We also notice the drop in temperature, animals preparing for winter, and the balance between daylight and nighttime.
- In autumn, feeling a decrease in energy is normal. It’s a good idea to create a comfortable and secure space at home that not only supports your physical well-being but also provides peace of mind.
- Strive to find balance in your work and within yourself. If you ever feel overwhelmed with too much on your plate, consider reevaluating your priorities.
Winter motivates us to find our wants and needs: Winter brings cold weather, holidays, reduced daylight, and the hibernation of nature.
- Winter provides a chance to take a breather, relax, and reflect. While things are still in motion, they move at a slower pace.
- It’s an opportunity to review your achievements, learn from what didn’t work, and make adjustments for future plans.
- Reconnect with friends and loved ones, reminding yourself of life’s genuine qualities and what truly matters to you.
Spring is a fresh start: The land is now fertile. Plants are sprouting, flowering, and blossoming. Grey skies become blue and the grass appears so green.
- Manifest your new beginnings and direct your life with purpose. Begin a new project, create new relationships, and do a bit of spring cleaning to rid of unwanted items.
- There is so much to look forward to as our environment becomes more colorful, refreshing, and energetic.
Summer kicks things into high gear: Sunshine brightens everything up and nourishes life on Earth. Other than the sun, symbols of summer are bodies of water, yellow, and vacation.
- Listen to your heart as it wants to feel young again. Be joyous in every moment you embark on an adventure.
- Be free and wander to wherever, whenever. You have endless pages of an open book ready to be filled; no worries if you paint off the edges, or need three pages just for one day. Feed your soul with fun and excitement.
The power of embracing change
Change is a constant part of life, and seasons are a natural aspect of this process. Change isn’t solely under your control, but understanding the external forces at play can help you work toward and achieve your desires and needs with ease and peace.