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.
My exercise slump transferred from August to September, I must admit. 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, but then we end up being happy that we did it anyway, 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, Love Without Borders, a memoir by Angela Braniff. I enjoyed both books quite a bit. I also read a few reading 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 a therapy session last month.;)
My partner and I had our first camping experience in September. There is so much about nature that I love, 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 helpful (along with other strategies and techniques) when we are struggling with anxiety and/or unexplainable sadness (depression).
So, here are my ups and downs of September. I hope you enjoyed. I am going to make myself a cup of coffee before I finish this post. Share below, what were your ups and downs, I am always willing to know. Until next time on Pillows&Trees.