Managing Change and Stress

Fall is here and with it comes many changes. For Tranquility Holistic Health and Wellness, our change is transitioning from building/developing/creating the practice to actually running the day-to-day operations. That said, it is important to continue to think about the future and progress while getting those day-to-day tasks completed. It can be stressful!



Fall is here and with it comes many changes. For Tranquility Holistic Health and Wellness, our change is transitioning from building/developing/creating the practice to actually running the day-to-day operations. That said, it is important to continue to think about the future and progress while getting those day-to-day tasks completed. It can be stressful!


Fall in Ohio holds memories for most folks as its own transitional period – it’s the gateway to a very busy time of the year. For me, fall childhood memories include walking to and from school with fall leaves blowing around my feet on the sidewalk. As an adult, fall starts with changing my surroundings to pumpkins and mums ushering in Halloween and Thanksgiving – as well as the labor of putting away summer gardens, decorations, and clothes. And to be honest, soon decorating for winter holidays as well.


The work during the fall of cleaning up and tidying, cooking more hearty warm dishes, preparing for fun ways to enjoy the season or for the company also has its share of stressors. There is more awareness that even things that are positive create stress. Marriage, purchasing a home, moving in general –are (hopefully) considered positive events but are some of the most stressful. When we are out of our typical routines, even for good things (which we hope the holidays are for you) it can be stressful. Add to that not everyone has pleasant memories of holiday occasions, positive experience with family – it can be wearisome and something to “get through” rather than enjoy.


If you are finding autumn, and all it holds, or other life changes difficult, we have some suggestions to help.

  • Routine – if the change is difficult, planning and using a more regular routine can be helpful. This can be as simple as sticking to sleep and wake times, using a planner to keep track of responsibilities and obligations, or taking 5 minutes in the morning to journal. Even small routines help with feeling grounded.

  • Lower expectations – This is a challenge with the constant visual comparison from social media or even commercials. There is no such thing as the perfect family, perfect occasion, perfect décor. Adjusting expectations/goals from “perfect, to enjoyment” allows room for things to go a little sideways (as they likely will) but for you to still be in the moment with loved ones.

  • Switch off – In the same vein, sometimes a media diet or social media diet can be helpful when there are other stressors. Limiting social media exposure can reduce comparison, give more time back in your day (reduces mindless scrolling), and allows for increased focus on relationships in person.

  • Schedule relax time – In addition to the above, actually scheduling quiet time or relaxation time can help. This can be spending time relaxing at home or could involve scheduling a massage or a reiki session (with JoAnn or Ashley at Tranquility) to help.

  • Get Help – If it’s just a lot or you need help navigating tricky situations, we’re also here to help. Scheduling with a professional counselor who will listen to your concerns and help you is very common this time of year. Check out info about Clay and Ashley and call for an appointment – we can help.