Oh summer, fleeting yet so glorious—why does your departure always feels like a heartache? Moving through the seasons can be tumultuous, but it can also be motivating and spark new projects or thoughts. Here’s how to make it through the transition from beach days to dark days.
1. Book a workshop or learn something new
If summer is for socialising and winter is for nesting, then the shoulder seasons are for getting life in order. Leave the workout regime to spring, and spend autumn learning something new that will see you through those long, dark weekends. Got a side hobby that you want to move into a side project? Now’s the time. Looking for inspiration? Try calligraphy (it’ll come in handy for wedding season) or maybe a jewellery making class (the bonus here is that it takes a lifetime to perfect). If a quick fix is all your attention can handle, take a meditation workshop.
2. Set intentions for the coming season
The most effective way of getting over the blues is to take back control. Unfortunately, manifesting the sun is probably out of your reach, but you can ask yourself (and acknowledge) why you’re feeling the way you do. Journaling in the morning or before bed is an effective way to spot patterns, and really get to know yourself. Unlike new year resolutions, setting intentions will move you through change and empower yourself to live in possibility. Do the legwork before the holiday season comes around and set a weekly practice of being patient—it’ll come in handy when you don’t want to bite your tongue at the dinner table.
3. Plan into the future
Impatience and frustration are side effects of the summer blues – nobody really wants to be a martyr – and the best way to get out that funk is to plan. What’s better than having something to look forward to? It’s best to do this right off the back of sunny days, before indecision and guilt starts to seep in. Try to plan something for every month, even if it is just a cinema trip or coffee with a friend —it feels good to have something to look forward to. If you’re feeling flush, you can never regret booking an autumn getaway.
4. Rotate your wardrobe
Nothing signifies the end of summer more than the sombre day your embroidered dresses and off-the-shoulder tops get vacuum packed and put back into storage for another year. If it feels kinder, try slowly merging your summer outfits with chunkier knits and coats, but come October, it’s best to go Band-Aid style and fully transition into your cold-weather wardrobe. One of the best parts of winter is the fashion, so revel in those skinny leather pants and denim while you still can.
5. Live in denial
Still not convinced? Go your own way and deny the turning temperatures. You’ll likely only last until September sans jacket, but if you can only be jolted by shock tactics, this is the way to go. You can keep the flame of summer alive by eating out-of-season strawberries and insisting on keeping your morning coffee iced. Your work colleagues might have something to say when you’re blasting the ‘song of the summer’ through your headphones, but we’re sure you can get them back on side with a frozen margarita at happy hour.