It appears autumn has stolen my motivation. My inspiration and creativity have also disappeared. As the days quietly shorten and the nights lengthen, I am struggling to find a new rhythm. But as I begin to embrace this change in season I know the right rhythm will slowly appear.
In days past the change in light was a signal to begin preparing for the season ahead. Throughout autumn food would be foraged and stored, and wood cut and dried, ready for winter. Shelters would be laid with hay for the animals, and big woolly jumpers knitted to keep out the cold. As days slowed down, evenings became the time to enjoy simple pleasures like reading by the fire.
These days we have a tendency to keep ploughing through the seasons, without giving any thought to the change in light and what it signals. Our rhythm doesn’t alter and neither do our routines. We don’t let our bodies adjust to the changing light and time of year. Instead we keep pushing through, expecting how we feel and the amount we can do in a day to stay the same.
It’s actually quite normal to experience a period of unrest when seasons change. This is because both light and weather have a significant impact on our mood. As does the amount of sleep we get and the amount of activity we do. It can take a while for our bodies and minds to realign with the changes in our environment . But most of us aren’t very good at waiting for this adjustment to occur. We don’t like change and we don’t know how to deal with it.
Which is why, instead of lamenting my lack of motivation, inspiration and creativity I’m allowing myself to slowly find a new rhythm. There’s no denying the days are going to continue to get shorter, and the night’s longer. So why not embrace the change and work with it, rather than keep fighting against it.
I don’t know about you but I actually think there is something magical about autumn and winter. Yes the cold weather can be brutal when I’m traipsing up and down country roads with the dogs. And there is nothing sexy about having to wear a headlamp in the mornings when I get them up. But there is also a lot to enjoy during the colder months:
Sitting next to the fire and drinking a cup of hot tea.
Wearing warm woolly jumpers and sloshing about in gumboots (or wellies as you might call them).
Early nights in bed reading a book.
Rainy days curled up on the couch watching movies.
Slow cooked meals and home-made soups.
Creative projects like knitting, painting and writing when you can’t get outside.
Taking long walks in the cold, crisp air and watching the snow fall from your window.
The colder months can seem long at times, and by the end we are all craving more sunshine and desperately seeking those first signs of spring. But even the onset of spring can cause us to feel restless, as can the beginning of summer, as our body once again has to adjust to the change in light, temperature and winter.
During these times all we can do is be patient and embrace those magical moments each different season offers. Because if life was the same all year round, I think that would actually be harder to deal with than the temporary discomfort of finding a new seasonal rhythm.