​Changing Seasons

My farmer friends have been having a few sleepless nights recently - they’ve been calving! As new life started on their farm, my youngest child turned 18. This prompted me to reflect on how the seemingly endless sleepless nights with toddlers were so quickly replaced by school runs, sports practices and exams. Now, looking back, that season seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye.

This means that my husband and I are going to be “empty nesters” and we expect this change in season will bring plenty of new adventures and discoveries!

This reflection also made me appreciate just how many seasons are integral parts of our lives and how they don’t just relate to farmers and the weather.

Seasons bring change

We obviously can’t change many of life’s seasons, but we can change how we embrace them. Life’s seasons can be tough or exciting. They can vary from anywhere between the busy and full family times to those times when work stops and retirement beckons. Changing seasons can impact our natural daily, weekly or even longer rhythms, and some of life’s seasons seem harder than others. This is especially true when we feel we have no control over the changes.

The past year has probably been more challenging than most other seasons, probably because of the loss of control. So, as we transition again out of lockdown or any other changing season, I’ve been thinking about how being intentional will help us.

  • Taking time to process the changes in seasons, either by talking about it with friends or keeping a journal of the changes, are both healthy ways to be intentional about this. 

Silver linings for which to be thankful

No matter what season we find ourselves in, it will always help to celebrate and give thanks for good bits instead of focusing on challenges, changes or loss of control. 

  • Thinking about changes through a filter of gratitude helps us face the changes today, as well as being of huge benefit to our future mental health when we look back in years to come, by giving us the opportunity to reflect on the good things that were ushered in by the past new seasons in our lives.

Even looking back over this year, I can appreciate how much I’ve learned, the memories I will treasure and how I’ve grown in resilience. I’ve also found it helpful to make plans for the coming season, but to hold them very loosely.

  • Retaining mental flexibility will help me deal with disappointment if or when things don’t turn out exactly as I plan. This will again help me to embrace changing seasons from a healthier and wealthier mindset! 

Instead of dwelling on everything I’ve missed due to lockdown, I have determined to view life through the filter of gratitude. Being witness to the latest arrival of new calves or watching my kids growing up has reminded me to embrace the changing seasons in order to experience growth and the richness of new life.

Niky Dix  •  niky@intentionalhealth.uk 

Feel free to let me know what you are doing to be intentional as you come out of lockdown. I look forward to sharing our new seasons’ adventures in the autumn!

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