As September rolls around, many people find themselves struggling with what’s commonly referred to as “holiday blues.” It’s that bittersweet feeling when the summer holidays are over, and the sun begins to fade (however much we had of it!). Whether you’re returning from a trip or simply missing the carefree days of summer, these feelings are entirely normal. As an intuitive eating counsellor, I’m here to share some tips on how to cope with September holiday blues while staying aligned with your intuitive eating journey.
- Acknowledge Your Emotions: The first step in addressing any emotional state is acknowledging it. Embrace the fact that it’s okay to feel a little down during this transitional period. It’s perfectly normal to miss the joy and relaxation that holidays often bring.
- Practice Self-Compassion: Remember that intuitive eating goes beyond just food. It incorporates how you treat yourself mentally and emotionally as well. Be gentle with yourself and practice self-compassion. Treat yourself with the same kindness you’d offer a close friend going through a tough time.
- Stay Mindful of Emotional Eating: Although enjoying comforting foods during challenging times has its place, be mindful of emotional eating. Tune into your body’s hunger and fullness cues. If you feel genuinely hungry, honour that hunger without judgment. But if you’re eating solely to soothe your emotions, consider alternative ways to comfort yourself, like taking a warm bath, going for a walk, or a chatting with a friend.
- Maintain a Balanced Routine: Returning to a regular routine after a holiday can be grounding and comforting. Remembering, in this routine, to continue to prioritize self-care activities that support your physical and emotional well-being where possible, such as regular exercise, adequate sleep, and meditation.
- Plan Fun Activities: Plan enjoyable activities or outings to look forward to in September. This can help shift your focus from what you might be missing to the new experiences and opportunities that autumn brings.
It’s important to remember that feeling a bit blue after the holidays is a common experience. By practicing self-compassion, mindfulness, and maintaining a balanced routine, you can navigate this transition with ease while staying in tune with your intuitive eating journey. Embrace the beauty of autumn and remember that every season brings its own unique joys and challenges.
If you have any questions about coping with holidays blues, while staying aligned with your intuitive eating journey, reach out anytime and ask way!
Until next time 🙂