How-To: Take Time For Yourself This Fall
Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 21:09
Take a Walk: Whether it be around your neighborhood, the Res, down the street, or somewhere totally different, getting up and getting outside has innumerable benefits. Just keep moving, especially as the weather begins to dip, it’s very important to keep ourselves active and motivated, and open to the changes around us. Mentality is everything, and seeing yourself in relation to nature is important to keeping happy, healthy, and productive.
Get outside: There’s nothing like releasing all of your cares, going apple-picking, or swinging blissfully among the trees. Okay, so even if this is a little extreme, you get my point. There is just nothing like being outside. Similar to the importance of taking a walk, being a part of nature is a happy thing to do, and quite important when it comes to de-stressing and feeling more connected and balanced. The fall poses the perfect opportunity to do this. Fly a kite, kick up the leaves, jump, play, ride a bike. Throw a football. Schmooz with some chums on a nearby lawn. Walk your dog. Hell, walk your cat. Gaze into the open, cloud-spotted sky, swim in some unspoiled body of water, frolic, and most importantly—BE. Yes, you heard me. It is totally okay to just merely exist on these brisk and sun-filled days.
Invest in a Camera: We often take for granted the scenery around us. As a photographer, I never fail to stop and appreciate the moment—at times to a fault—and my friends certainly know this about me. They know me as the one who always creates and takes advantage of spontaneous photo ops, and random ‘Kodak’ moments. It has served me well thus far. Stopping to take photos has taught me to take things for what they are, to slow down in the hectic pace of everyday life, and appreciate the moment for all that it is worth. There’s beauty in the world around us, especially during fall in New England, and it is up to us to take advantage of it. I urge you to take photos, and really embrace what you see, for it only happens once a year. Take a jog, and bring a camera along. You might surprise yourself with your artistic abilities. I believe photography teaches us an important skill—to stop, relax, rejuvenate, and be mindful and present with what is in front of us.
Take a Drive: Where? Anywhere. It doesn’t matter. Just get up and go. There’s nothing like rolling down the windows while you still can and embracing the beauty of the scenery around you. Better yet, take a friend. There’s always time for a good adventure. Fall is the perfect opportunity for exploration, discovering new things, embarking on uncharted paths, and breaking out of the comfort around you. Take in every bit of those moments this fall and make the most of them.
Breathe: Something we all don’t do enough of, myself included. When we forget to focus on the basics, though, do you ever wonder what else we might be forgetting? It’s pretty simple. We need oxygen to live, just like we need water, and relaxation and enjoyment for that matter. So, why do we often neglect these simple yet principal things? Fall is the perfect time to get back in touch with this. Take a breather—literally—from the grueling tasks of everyday life. When you follow steps one and two by going outside, don’t forget to breathe while you’re at it. The good stuff in life is about what we feel, and I have personally never felt better than during these little but significant moments when I remind myself of this one, simple fact.
Get Organized: Admit it. You can’t deny the rush and excitement you get when entering Staples for the first time at the start of the academic year. Your inner type-A self comes out among the shelves of planners and notebooks, and newly designed paper products, and you can’t help but take advantage and think, “Ah! But where do I start?!” In my mind, organization is key to a healthy and productive lifestyle, and serves to foster our busy, everyday lives. In the hustle and bustle of a university setting, it can be difficult to find time to set aside for our own personal well-being—let alone to organize our surroundings. But, I promise you, it’s essential. Almost every night before bed, I take stock of the day and organize my bags, my room, and quickly prep for the next 24 hours ahead. “Preparation pays,” is something else I’ve always been taught, and time and time again I have known this to be true. Frankly, without it, none of us would be able to accomplish all that we do. It can be as little as re-arranging your notebooks, or as big as overhauling your room.
So, this fall, I urge you: take some time for yourself. And, more importantly, take time to set yourself up in a way that fosters harmony, ease, and productivity in your life. You’ll be glad you did.