Changing seasons: how to create meaningful ways to mark the end of Summer

September 21, 2022

Changing seasons: how to create meaningful ways to mark the end of Summer

It's that time of year where Summer is starting to fade and we can see the signs of Autumn creeping in. For a lot of us, it's a time to reset and start getting ready for the Winter ahead. It's still warm outside and the sun is still shining but as the leaves start to fall and nature starts to begin her glorious show of colours, our thoughts start to turn to ways to meaningfully mark the end of the Summer.

 

Summer Linen 

Spend some evenings outside

As the well known naturalist Henry David Thoreau said:

"Everyone must maintain a little bit of Summer, even in the middle of Winter"

This is the time to spend as much time outside as possible before it becomes preferable to wrap up and stay inside. A walk of an evening before the sun sets in September can be such a rewarding end to the day. As the sun is so much lower in the sky now, golden hour will present us all with the most beautifully thick orange light show; a beautiful spectacle to withhold, especially as the colours of Autumn start to appear.

As you walk, alone or with loved ones, it is a good time to reflect on the best memories of the Summer. Think about what really made your Summer and how you can recreate those memories again next year. Think about what you didn't get around to doing and set intentions to add them into your schedule for the following Summer.

A favourite memory is not only a sentimental reflection, it’s also helpful in understanding what makes us happy and contributes to a meaningful life. Ask your family for their favourite memories and really listen to the answers and what they mean... can you create more of these types of memories in the years to come?

 

Summertime

 

Deep clean and declutter your home

 A deep clean of your environment means a fresh start and will make way for new energy and more Winter orientated living. 

Perhaps you have children and Summer has been spent watching them endlessley run in and out of the garden. Do you have a paddling pool full of toys or sand that maybe needs emptying and putting away for the colder months? Or perhaps you hosted a lot this Summer! And things have been moved and misplaced or need attending to after being neglected in leiu of Summer adventures. Now is the time to take a day or two to reset your home ready to start becoming a cosy haven of warmth.

 

Decluttering

 

Decluttering is one of the best ways to clear your mind. Here are some suggestions for categorizing your things as you find them around the house:

  • Put away: Items that have crept out of their designated storage spaces
  • Fix/mend: Items that need something before they're put away, such as a toy that has run our of batteries
  • Recycle: Items that can be recycled
  • Trash: Items that need throwing away
  • Donations: Unwanted items that are still in good condition and can be donated to a charitable organization or another person

Once you have cleared your space, you can then start to re-introduce items that have been stored away for the Winter so that you feel really prepared to take on those shorter, darker days.

 

Decluttering

Find new seasonal recipes

If you enjoy cooking, Autumn is a wonderful time to refresh your recipe book and buy in some seasonal fruit and vegetables. Summer is a wonderful season for lovely light salads, sorbets, strawberries and cream.. but Autumn makes way for some of our most favourite flavours!

 

  • Butternut squash and chilli soup
  • Creamy pumpkin pasta
  • Chicken, leek and mushroom pie
  • Apple and blackberry jam (this can be foraged yourself!)
  • Sticky toffee pudding 

If you're still not ready to let go of Summer, find some recipes that remind you of those long Summer days and remake them to mark the occasion. Perhaps make a picnic to eat outside with friends and loved ones before the cold starts to creep in.  

 

Summer

Try forest bathing

Before the air gets a chill, this might be the perfect time to try 'forest bathing'. 

This Japanese practice is a process of relaxation; known in Japan as shinrin yoku. The simple method of being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature around you whilst breathing deeply can help both adults and children de-stress and boost health and wellbeing in a natural way.

Forest bathing has been found to:

 

  • Help in the regulation of blood pressure.
  • Be beneficial to a person’s parasympathetic nervous system (sometimes called the rest and digest system), the toolkit our body uses to balance out the sympathetic nervous system that revs our adrenaline and heartbeat in times of stress. Shinrin-yoku in a forested area like Washington Park presses play on the rest and digest system, allowing the body to enter a state of relaxation.
  • Improve the number of natural killer cells, which protect against disease by killing virally infected cells.

 

Research indicates forest bathing also provides a defense against the pangs of anxiety, stress, depression, and other inflictions on one’s mind. In recognition of its potential to help, Japan has included it in its national health service as an intervention for mental health. 

Forestry England have crated a thorough guide to the art of forest bathing, which you can read through here

Although this might be an ode to your Summer, the beginning of Autumn can provide a beautifully vibrant and magical backdrop to your experience of forest bathing as the colours begin change and we start to see those reds, yellows and oranges appear. 

 

Forest Bathing, Eye Pillow

 

Journal

Journaling or keeping a record of personal thoughts and feelings is particularly helpful in supporting mental health. A few proven benefits of journaling include:

  • Reducing anxiety
  • Breaking away from a nonstop cycle of obsessive thinking and brooding
  • Improving the awareness and perception of events
  • Regulating emotions
  • Encouraging awareness
  • Boosting physical health

Journaling about the Summer gone by can help to process events, keep hold of happier memories and improve awareness of what it is you are wanting in your life for the seasons to follow and indeed, for the next Summer. 

As journaling habits are developed, benefits become long term, meaning that diarists become more in tune with their health by connecting with inner needs and desires. Journaling evokes mindfulness and helps writers remain present while keeping perspective. It presents an opportunity for emotional catharsis and helps the brain regulate emotions. Journaling provides a greater sense of self confidence and self-identity. It can help in the management of personal adversity and change, and emphasize important patterns and growth in life. Research even shows that expressive writing can help individuals develop more structured, adaptive, and integrated schemes about themselves, others, and the world. What’s more, journaling unlocks creative parts of the brain, which gives you access to your full brainpower. Journaling fosters growth in so many ways and we believe it to be a truly meaningful way to honour the end of your Summer. 

 

Reflection

 

Wash your linens!

This is the perfect time to take the covers off of your wheat bags and eye pillows and give them a good wash, ready for the Winter. All of our linen product covers are detachable and can be washed in the machine or by hand. Use a mild detergent, wash at 30°c on a gentle setting and avoid tumble drying. You can use a hot iron on non-printed areas when your products are dry. 

If you are wanting to wash your wheat bag cover - remember not to wash the inner bag with wheat grain inside! These aren't washable and could seriously compromise the quality of your product. 

As a naturally-grown fabric linen has inherent breathability, temperature regulating and antimicrobial properties. This means that in cold weather it helps your body retain heat. If you have been using your wheat bag / eye pillow to keep cool this Summer, now is the perfect time to keep them close by ready to be heated for the colder months. Remember that our wheat bags come unscented for you to add your own scents to them when heating. Do you have a favourite Winter scent? We love Winter spices and peppermint!

 

wheat bags in packaging with navy and yellow creatures print

 

We truly hope you have had a wonderful Summer full of beautiful moments and memories to treasure. There are so many countless ways to celebrate the changing of the seasons and we hope some of these speak to you






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