As fall approaches and the sun begins to sink lower in the sky, many find the changes in the season unsettling as we are forced to go within, not only within our homes, but ourselves. This can be challenging especially when there are unresolved past issues or even trauma in one’s life. Fall and winter can be a time when these dark memories of the past emerge, sometimes leaving us feeling isolated, alone, or depressed.

For many, just the lack of sunlight and the shorter days leaves us feeling down, tired, and withdrawn. We can also find that we struggle with motivation and find it hard to simply get through the day.

There are many ways to deal with the changing seasons like bringing fresh flowers into homes and offices, painting walls a cheerful color, joining a gym, starting a new hobby, or talking to someone who understands the struggle.

If you find the changing seasons difficult, it’s important that you don’t wait until the season has begun but to plan ahead. What do you need to stay healthy and happy? Do you need routine health and wellness appointments? Do you need to see friends, go out for a coffee or learn how to be present to all the good things in your life, instead of focusing on the darkness outside? What we focus on grows, so during this transitional time, it’s important to stay focused on how you can help yourself and how you can meet your emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs.

Winter can be a spiritual time, a time for going within, for reflecting and for facing our losses. The darkness of winter can be enlightening as we shed light on our inner world and find peace, serenity and acceptance of what is. Often, we struggle to travel within as it takes us out of our comfort zone, but by embracing the darkness, the winters of our lives, gives us a chance to free ourselves from restrictions, from past painful experiences and to heal broken hearts.

Spiritual guidance is a safe place where you can be led to heart centered wholeness and find peace. Embrace the darkness and rejoice in the light that is already there waiting for you…