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How to Cope with ADULT “Back to School” Issues

“I’m so sad that summer is over. This year my son is a senior and my daughter, a sophomore. They’ll be going off to college soon…” “Summer went by so quickly. Now there’s car pooling to school and making sure that homework gets done.” Even those of us who complained that we didn’t have much of a summer, are now sorry that summer is almost over!

Fall always begins wistfully. Just the term, fall, has a negative connotation, to trip - perhaps to get injured. Those long summer weekends which framed our working days are over. However, the lazy days at the beach give way to a new vibrational energy. The days now are shorter, but have a crisp edge with the humidity gone. The scraggly hollyhocks, the blighted roses and the yellowing tomato leaves give way to colorful mums, asters and frost hardy pansies. We are energized and it’s time for apple picking. Harvest your talents!

Fall brings out our true colors and determination. While in summer we are mostly outdoors, in fall we balance spending time outdoors with a return to home and hearth. There can be great comfort in our personal childhood memories about the return to school. The images of those exciting first days of school filled with fresh, clean new notebooks of potential stay with us our whole lives. I’m sure many of us feel that the New Year does not begin in January, but rather in September with the school calendar.

Here’s how to ease into the next season:
Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, and a personal trainer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WHLI 1100AM in New York City , produces a weekly wellness newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com

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