I can almost already taste the pumpkin spice latte, see the yellows and oranges in the trees, and feel my favorite woolen scarf around my neck.
Here at Brookhaven Retreat, the days are slowly getting shorter, the wind stronger, and the leaves brighter. Soon, these great hills right underneath the Smokies will be a patchwork of yellow, orange and red.
Fall! Even the word brings a sense of newness—like falling into a new life. A new life where colors soften, air cools, and the scent of snow is not far off.
Sometimes I’ve found that the hot weather of summer can bring my spirits down. I feel like a completely different person when the weather changes. I suddenly spend a lot more time sleeping, and not wanting to spend as much time with my friends. If I could, I would spend all my time lying on the couch, waiting for sweater season to arrive, again.
And it occurs to me that I might not be the only person who feels this way. But most people I talk to yearn for summer, and the summer sun. They feel about winter the way I do about summer—miserable, tired, and waiting for the next year.
So as this next, colder season emerges, I consider those who may not be as excited about the change in weather as I am. Sometimes cold weather can bring about a seasonal kind of depression—called Seasonal Affective Disorder. When the warmth of the sun goes away for a long time, it tends to affect the general way that people feel. And when that happens, the length of the season can just cause a person to spiral until they feel that it will never end.
So, if you are one who suffers from this kind of seasonal disorder, get the help you need. At Brookhaven Retreat, we take things one season at a time.