Swing into September with gratitude, acceptance & balance

Swing into September with gratitude, acceptance & balance



As warm days fade into brisk evenings, and the sun-kissed memories of Summer give way to the misty mornings of Fall, we can sometimes find ourselves overwhelmed with the rapid changes each new season brings. From the hustle and bustle of getting kids (and parents) back into school routines, to Oktoberfest celebrations, corn mazes, pumpkin spiced everything, and all things in between, here are a few ways to ensure you stay centered, healthy and happy, not only in the month of September, but throughout all of life’s emerging seasons.

Breathe In, Breathe Out, Repeat – If shifting schedules and priorities have you feeling off balance, try setting aside a few minutes a day to sit, or lie in a comfortable place and focus on your breathing. With each breath in, imagine waves of peace and calm filling your body, with each breath out, imagine exhaling away any stress or anxiety.

Express Gratitude – Expressing gratitude has been shown to improve sleep patterns, boost immunity, and result in better health and more happiness. Try reaching out to a friend or loved one in a text, phone call, email or letter to express thanks for the impact they have had on your life or sprinkle some thankfulness into your daily routine by jotting down a few things that you are grateful for.

Make Time for Rest –Whether this means taking a 15-minute nap in the afternoon, putting your phone on ‘do not disturb’ at a set time, or creating space for intentional downtime each day, making yourself a priority will leave you feeling refreshed, fulfilled, and better able to pour into the lives of those around you.

We hope that the month of September brings you great joy, hope and happiness as you delight in the breathtaking beauty of Fall in the Pacific NW.

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