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Amazing Things Only People Who Love Fall Would Understand

Amazing Things Only People Who Love Fall Would Understand

As you notice that very first exhilarating bite in the air, you lovingly wrap yourself in a wonderfully cozy quilt and sip the warmth from your steaming cup of tea. It’s fall!

Your every move feels energized. Yet, at the same time, tranquilizing thoughts of relaxing around your crackling fireplace tempt you. If you love the fall, you’ll completely understand the following sentiment:

1. You appreciate the glorious sounds.

Geese honking overhead, as they fly further south to warmer climates, where the food is still readily available. School buses whisking apprehensive children back to their classrooms. The wind, rustling the ever changing leaves, encouraging them to drop like confetti to the ground, creating a carpet. With your every step, the sounds of crunching alert you to a welcoming change. Busy festivals, children giggling as they play hide and seek in the corn fields, sounds of tractors filled with passengers with rosy cheeks enjoying their hay ride and the laughter of children carefully picking the most impressive pumpkin to carve, decorate and display proudly at their homes on Halloween.

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This is fall.

2. You love the peace the season brings.

As the day’s light becomes shorter and shorter, wind swirling the leaves, it’s all so wondrous! The harvest moon. Darkness creeping over your life in the most romantic way. Feeling the desire to gather and store your necessities for the coming winter — much like our friends the squirrels.

3. You understand that the smells of fall hypnotize and entice.

The sweet perfume of burning wood, the aroma of fallen leaves, earth, rain, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, hot cocoa, simmering soups, stews, chilis, roasted chicken, tart and sweet apples, the indescribable smell of pies baking … apple, pumpkin and pecan “oh my!”

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Mostly, you smell Mother Nature preparing for hibernation and survival.

4. You see breathtaking events.

The leaves change to magnificent colors — brilliant hues of red, yellow, orange and brown. They impressed you with their beauty in the spring and summer months, but now it’s time for them to disappear. It’s absolutely spellbinding and you’re aware that you are witnessing something very significant. It humbles you.

Pumpkin patches are overflowing with small, medium, large and unusually gigantic pumpkins, their colors so calming and sweet. Jack-O-Lanterns abound, creatively carved in the most surprising ways, depicting engaging personalities.

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Ah, yes. It’s fall.

5. You feel excitement.

Time to bring out the fall clothes…soft, warm, nurturing, fluffy, velvety, you’ve missed them so! They greet you with a loving hug, your old friend, welcoming you back. There is no greater joy than slipping into your flannel pajamas on the first cool evening.

Fall attire has a bold personality. Colors and fabrics that step up and demand to be noticed, yet remain kind and caring, helping you through the cold and dark days that await. Halloween costumes are everywhere, tempting you to celebrate and remember the joy of your youth. You gleefully watch as children on a sugar high trick or treat door-to-door, hoping to frighten, unaware of how precious they look in their much anticipated costumes.

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Don’t forget about fall footwear — it’s serious. You understand it wants to protect you, but your pillowy slippers await your arrival, murmuring softly: “Welcome home!”

6. You can even taste this season.

Savor and nibble every bit, all throughout the fall. Where shall I begin? Pumpkin everything! The overflow of comfort foods reappear after a season of bikinis…casseroles, mashed potatoes, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, biscuits and muffins. Steaming bowls of hot cereal prepare you for the frosty days ahead.

Fall, lovingly and excitedly, whispers in your ear: “Take notice and appreciate the beauty and strength of this exquisite season and have patience as Mother Nature readies you for the winter months to come.”

Isn’t it amazing?

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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