One of the reasons I love fall so much is the way it makes me feel. The crisp air helps me feel energized. The bright colored leaves and the autumn smells make me feel happy. But this year has been a little different. Instead of feeling energized, I’m feeling exhausted. Instead of feeling happy, I’m feeling…well, exhausted. This is the first fall season when two of our three kids have participated in activities that required a lot of weekend and evening commitments. And to be honest, it is Wearing. Me. Out. And I can feel it in my mood. I’m simply too tired to get excited about fall.
While my mood has been largely impacted by our crazy schedule, there are other things that can impact your mood. The people around you can make you feel energized or worn out. They can lift you up or tear you down. I’ve noticed that I’m somewhat sensitive to the mood or energy of the people around me. So the more time I spend around a negative person, the more negative I feel.
Your surroundings can also impact how you feel. I know a number of people who can’t stand clutter because it makes them feel anxious. Or sometimes having too much stuff around you can make you feel overwhelmed. Colors, noises, and smells can all change your mood.
I’ve started looking for ways to feel more energized. And with only a few more weeks in the fall sports season, I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m hoping to get a few weeks (days?) of a slower pace before the holiday season really kicks off.
What about you? Have you noticed specific things that really impact your mood? What do you do to lift your spirits or feel more energized?
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