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September recap: fall décor and gratitude

Not everyone will agree, but I am very excited about fall season. Well, if to be completely honest, from one side I am a little sad that time has gone by so fast and we almost didn't experience summer this year, but from another - I am enjoying the weather cooling down, picking autumn decorations and drinking pumpkin spice lattes... Yep, it's basic, but I always say that happiness is about noticing and appreciating small things in life. That's what I tried to do last month. 

With this being said, traditionally let's start with downs of the month

My exercise slump transferred from August to September. I think there are many factors that are responsible for that, including seemingly intensifying pain and fatigue each time I tried to be physically active. The worst is that exercise exasperates my restless legs syndrome (or so I think), which keeps me awake at night. And let me tell you, I do not like to stay awake at night! To my defense I still tried to go on walks and be somewhat active.

I also didn't meditate regularly last month. I don't know whether it's a slump or simply my "new normal", but I just didn't feel like meditating. Although I do believe that sometimes it's important to push ourselves and do things we don't necessarily want to do in the moment, I don't think it applies to meditation. Every time I push through and try to meditate, it never works out the same way as it does when I am "in the mood" for meditation. Despite what anyone says, I think we should always listen to our body and mind when it comes down to exercise and meditation. Basically, I believe intuitive meditation is a thing.:)

Now, onto ups

Yay, guys, I started a new planner! I do have love-hate relationship with planning, and I was never able to stick to it 100%. But last month I decided to commit to it, and it's been really helpful so far. On some days I simply write what I have accomplished, but for the most part I plan. Planning helps my anxiety, cos I don't need to think hard, trying to remember what I was going to do, and also I don't feel guilty when I check my social media more than I would want to, because my day is fully planned. I feel productive (although I am not a big fan of this word) and overall, more content.

Last month I finished 2 books: Vita Nostra, a novel by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko, and Love Without Borders, a memoir by Angela Braniff. I enjoyed both books. I also read a few samples on my Kindle. I do it often before I full commit to a book.

Oh, and I also decorated our house for fall. Like I said, I got so excited about the new season, that I wanted to create cozy atmosphere all around me. I have shared that cleaning and organizing are very therapeutic for me, as well as decorating, so I couldn't miss an opportunity to have my "therapy session" last month.;)

My partner and I had our first camping experience in September. There is so much about nature that I love, as you already know. Sleeping in a tent was surprisingly very calming and I really enjoyed waking up to raindrops, attacking our tent in the morning and smoke from the fire we enjoyed the night before. I managed to take a few images as well - always a plus for me.

Last but not least, is gratitude. Last month I tried to find time to be grateful for the things that are important in my life. Most days I would go out to the sacred place I designated for that purpose and "count my blessings". They say gratitude can really improve mental health, especially during uncertain times (like the one we currently live in), and I think to a certain degree it's true. There is nothing magical or groundbreaking about it, but I feel like that moment of mindfulness and gratitude during the day can be beneficial (along with other strategies and techniques) when we are struggling with anxiety and/or sadness (depression).

So, here are my ups and downs of September. I hope you enjoyed this post. I am going to make myself a cup of coffee before I finish it. Share below, what were your ups and downs last month, I am always willing to know. Until next time on Pillows&Trees.