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5 Ways to Manage Fall Anxiety

By Therese J. Borchard
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5 Ways to Manage Fall Anxiety

Even as I love the autumn season, it is full of anxiety for me.

I start to mourn the ending of summer when I hear the cicadas grow louder the last two weeks of August and when I feel the crispness in the air at that time, which brings less sunlight and longer nights. Then the back-to-school craze: buying shoes, supplies, backpacks, etc. and trying to catch up on the homework we didn’t do during June and July. By the time I make it to the parent-teacher conferences in early September, when I hear about all the things I’m supposed to be doing with the kids, I’m well into panic mode.

The other day, my therapist and I talked about a few coping exercises to keep my anxiety from disabling me this time of year.

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5 Ways to Manage Fall Anxiety

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  1. I think water calms many of us down. We build waterfalls as part of our landscaping business and when we return to check on them we hear stories of how neighbours also now sleep with their windows open so they can listen to the soothing sound of our waterfall. It is an awesome sound – as long as it doesn’t sound like a tap left on or someone taking a leak – lol!
    I find fire calming. At night we sometimes build a fire in our little fireplace on our back patio and I find staring at the dance of the flames to be comforting – it takes me back to childhood camping trips and I find it mesmerizing. I love listening to the crackle and pop and sizzle of the wood. The flames dancing on and around and consuming the wood, the hot red glow of the embers – perfect for marshmallow roasting. And I love the heat.

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