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Fall – Letting Go

by | Sep 13, 2022

Fall – Embracing Transition and Letting Go

One of my favorite quotes is the one above; a reminder that fall shows us how beautiful ‘letting go’ can be. Think of the falling leaves, the harvest, a time of transition. At the same time, transitions bring a feeling of new. With a change in weather and activities, kids returning to school, swapping shorts for sweaters, we may gain a sense of a fresh, new order; an opportunity to reset. Instead of going to the pool, we can enjoy the firepit. Instead of the green trees and flowers, we can enjoy crisper air and beautiful fall colors.

Letting go can free us of stress and lighten our load so to speak. It helps us release the past and future and be in the present. Letting go can be about releasing what does not really belong to us – the many things we cannot control. Releasing patterns of thinking, stories, comparisons, and expectations can be freeing. It can be about doing less and buying less. Releasing worry, control, fixing, peacekeeping, guilt, judgment, resentment, grudges…

These ideas might sound good and make sense, but actually doing these things is not easy. Transition may mean going out of our comfort zone and into uncertainty. We often need help with our process. If you could use some support, please reach out: linda@stilescounseling.com.

Self-Care Tip – Set Boundaries

Is being selfish healthy? The best self-care is a little selfish (today.com)

Long Covid & Mental Health Concerns

Long covid can include brain fog, fatigue, difficulty breathing, muscle and joint pain, depression and anxiety. PTSD is common for those who were in intubated while in the hospital. While not everyone develops mental health symptoms, some studies suggest 25% do. Check out the articles below to learn more.

Long COVID and Mental Health | Psychology Today

Long COVID and mental illness: getting support (rethink.org)

988: New 3-Digit Crisis Line Number

Call 911 for medical emergencies and 988 for mental health and suicide crises. You may also text 988, or chat at 988lifeline.org.

Other hotline resources:

Additional Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis counseling

211 – A great resource for information and referral services to health, human, and social service organizations

Practice Finding Moments

Look for moments of calmness, peace, joy, ease, contentment, relaxation, happiness, appreciation…

10 Ways to Enjoy the Autumn Season

  1. Enjoy the fall foliage.
  2. Drink coffee or hot tea on a chilly day.
  3. Burn scented candles.
  4. Bake some seasonal treats.
  5. Have a fire and roast marshmallows or make smores.
  6. Cuddle up with a cozy blanket and a good book.
  7. Watch holiday movies.
  8. Carve pumpkins.
  9. Embrace fall sports and festivals.
  10. Decorate for the season.

Quotes & Inspiration

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” — Chad Sugg

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese Proverb

“Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.” ― Tom Stoppard

Affirmation: I easily go with the flow of life.

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Linda Stiles

LSCSW, LCSW, CFSW, Certified Imago Therapist

I am dedicated to creating an environment where clients feel safe to share and be both supported and challenged in their journey toward self-healing and growth. I specialize in helping people find peace, joy and balance in their relationship with themselves and with others.

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