The Feelings That Come With Fall
After a long and hot summer, we are all very much looking for the relief of cooler weather and we get very excited for all of the cozy amazing things it has to offer. Holidays with family and friends, cozy early nights in, having all of your favorite sweaters out and ready. But the hard conversation is the sadness that some of us get stuck in when the seasons change.
It is so easy to find yourself stuck in the house, unmotivated, feeling dreary when the weather is cool. Seasonal depression is something not most of us fully understand but it is something that is very much present. For some reason we all might feel a sense of loneliness, anxiety, sadness, and even just being tired.
We don't realize it but the lack of sunlight can even be a cause for this. It disrupts your routine and your body and mind will just go into a sadness that you can't understand. It's awful for some people because you will be perfectly fine when it is warm outside, when you can see your friends for longer because it is still daylight, and all of the fun activities that come with warm weather. Once the weather changes it will completely throw you off.
Isaiah 41:10 says "Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand." This scripture is so important when you are struggling with the change of seasons. It feels absolutely helpless when you are in the midst of it but it is such a gentle reminder that He has you, He is with you, and it will pass. No matter how disconnected you feel from the outside world and no matter how much you want to lock yourself in your room, He is the thing that will give you the hope you are searching for.
During these times it is so important to remember that you are not alone, nothing has changed, and all it takes is pulling yourself out of bed in order for you to be doing the BEST that you can, and that is okay. Matthew 11:28 says "Then Jesus said, Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." It is so important to know that you can find refuge in Him. It is okay to feel tired, it is okay to do the bare minimum, and it is okay to have to lay yourself in His hands if it means it will give you the strength to get back up again.
When you find yourself wondering what it is that can get you out of this seasonal funk, do not be scared to turn to God. Do not be scared to turn to friends and family. Do not be scared to let yourself fall, but do everything in your power to pick yourself back up. And if you find yourself needing to, you can always come to Rubies & Lilies and talk to us here! We love you guys and we want you to put your mental health above all else. Thank you for reading and we hope that fall treats you well!