Summer is on its way out the door, taking all the long sunny days and warm temperatures with it. If you’re a fan of summer, the transition to fall is a disappointing moment for you.
A positive attitude at the beginning of the season can change everything; by noticing the little details of the season, you can find happiness where there was dread before. Close the chapter on this year’s summer season with a happy ending by finding new ways to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall and begin autumn on a positive note with your head held high.
Check Off One Final Thing on Your Summer Bucket List
While summer is ending soon, it’s not over yet. There are still a few warm, bright days left before the season changes. You have time to do one or two more things on your summer bucket list, so get after it!
Make plans with friends and have a backyard grill out, take a trip to the beach, or have a picnic—take time off work so you can properly send off summer with a smile.
Host an End of Summer Birthday Bash!
If you’d prefer to have an excuse to celebrate something other than the end of summer, show appreciation to your friends or family members with summer birthdays by hosting a safe get-together that celebrates them. Splurge on a large sheet cake, cater from their favorite restaurants and decorate your house to close out the season with a bang. Spread some joy by giving gifts to your favorite people with summer birthdays—you never know if someone had a lonely birthday this year or not.
Find Joy in Fall
After you’ve done something to properly send off summer, it’s time to sit down and contemplate autumn. Ask yourself: why do you dislike the fall? Take out a journal and write down the reasons that you don’t enjoy fall as a reference.
Now, try to find as many reasons to find joy in the season. They may be simple, like birthdays or even days off work, but writing the list is essential for building a positive outlook.
Separate Fall From Winter
The final and most important way to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall is to stop associating fall with the coming of winter—especially if you experience seasonal depression. Disliking half of the seasons isn’t healthy for anyone. Break the two seasons apart mentally by considering what fall provides that winter doesn’t; for instance, fall has its fair share of comfortable days before turning into a chilly season.
Becoming friends with autumn after disliking it for so long is difficult and may require leaving your comfort zone to do fall activities. However, once you learn to welcome the season rather than see it as the end of summer, you’ll find that it’ll become easier to enjoy the days ahead.