Can you smell it? The change in the air? The cooler nights? The mall madness of parents buying clothes and school supplies for their kiddos?
We all know how hard it is to get kids, especially kids with ADD, back on track with school schedules, but it’s also hard on adults, even if you don’t have children at home. And it’s even harder if you have ADHD. Why?
ADD adults (and kids, of course) typically have a hard time with transitions in general. It’s hard to stop reading emails to start making dinner. It’s hard leaving a lunch break to get back to work.
And it’s hard to switch out of the laid back summers into the briskness that fall seems to bring.
7 Tips to Help you Transition into Fall
- If you’ve been staying up later than normal, slowly reel yourself back into an earlier bedtime. Don’t take a big leap, though- go to bed 15 minutes earlier for a week, then add more time as needed.
- Don’t stop your exercise routine just because it’s getting- or about to- get colder.
- Summer often means sliding out of a healthy diet. Vacations, weddings, lazy weekends…it’s easy to eat junk. With kids at home and lots of summer functions behind you, it’s time to get back into a healthier eating groove.
- End of summer often brings on some sadness or even a mild depression. The days are getting shorter and winter isn’t far behind. I’ve personally found that taking Vitamin D has been a godsend for my blah winter blues/ SAD. Some find that SAD lights work wonders as well- like this one.
- Set new goals for yourself. Want to learn a new language? Take up an instrument? Check out the classes available to you at adult education classes or at your local college. Most libraries also offer these options.
- Fall is a great time to de-clutter. Need help? Join my Queen of Distraction online group coaching program. Hint: I’m running a special at 20% off, so now’s the time to join! www.QueensOfDistraction.com
- Pull together your summer memories by making a memory book of photographs or writing a blog about your summer. Collages are fun and you can engage the entire family. Not your thing? Consider collecting all your summer digital photos and have them made into a book using a software program or by sending the out to an online service or local photography shop. (or jump into a last minute vacation!)?????
If you’re like me, saying goodbye to summer is tough. In fact, I HATE winters, so the way I deal with this transition is to re-frame my dislike for winter by planning out various creative projects so that it’s not as difficult to be indoors for months at a time.
What can you do to make your transition easier? Please share your thoughts in the Comment section below.
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