Full moons, disappearing sunlight, and a zodiac rollercoaster: regardless of where you are, fall is full of feelings. Scorpio season is upon us and there’s no escape. Scorpios are known to be one of the most emotional and intense signs of the zodiac—and this season is no exception. Everyone is affected in slightly different ways, but for the most part, prepare yourself for some intensity.
But don’t feel overwhelmed. Emotions are beautifully things, and as Dr. Habib Sadeghi states, “Just because you numb your emotions doesn’t make you emotionally sophisticated.” Allow this season to be an opportunity for you to embrace your emotions and nourish your precious little heart. Here are seven ways to work with your emotions this season—rather than against them.
Invest in yourself.
One way to prepare for an emotional roller coaster is to give yourself another area of focus. This way you won’t be taking a sick day just so you can stay indoors and binge Gilmore Girls alongside a pint of gluten-free cookie dough. Consider signing up for a class, trying a new workout routine, finding a therapist, or experimenting with a side hustle. If you’re swamped for time, a simple investment might be a good planner or managing your finances—the new organization will help provide an area of focus when your heart starts to throb.
Tack 10 minutes of meditation onto your morning routine.
Do you really need another sign telling you to meditate? Yes, because the truth is, many of us aren’t meditating. Whether it’s because we’re short on time or can’t sit still for more than 2 minutes, excuses not to meditate flow like water. But starting this habit is extremely beneficial, especially during a time of emotional vulnerability. Meditation teacher and Ziva Meditation Founder Emily Fletcher says, “We don’t meditate when sh** hits the fan—we meditate to prepare ourselves for when sh** does hit the fan.”
By developing a meditation practice, you create space and awareness in the mind so that you can notice your emotions, rather than fall victim to their power.
Whether it’s with your coworker, your friends, or your significant other, it’s easy to allow our emotions to get the best of us. Avoid having tough discussions late at night or when booze is involved—this will only muddy your conversations and confuse intentions. If you need to have a hard or potentially intense conversation with someone, give yourself some time beforehand to think about what you want to convey and the best method for doing so. And listen, listen, listen! You aren’t the only one with heightened emotions, but you might be the one in the conversation who is more equipped to handle them.
Reap your harvest.
Harvest goes beyond collecting a bushel full of Honeycrisp apples—it can be metaphorical too. Dallas Hartwig and Pilar Girasimo of the Living Experiment Podcast state that one of the best ways to feel motivated is to remind yourself of past successes. When your emotions are in full swing, give yourself a little credit for all of the hard work you’ve done and enjoy the rewards of that hard work. It will not only allow you to have more self-love during a potentially difficult time, but might provide a hefty dose of motivation for you to put effort into a project.
Dive into your sex life.
Scorpios are the most sexual of all the signs, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself feeling a little more, um, charged this month. But be careful: You’ll also be craving emotional connection, so it may not be the best time to dive onto Tinder—unless you’re prepared for what you’re getting yourself into. Have fun with your partner or all on your own. It’s primetime to practice sexual self-care.
What do Adele, Bon Iver, Hozier, and Alanis Morisette have in common? They both used their heartache to fuel some of the world’s best breakup albums. And while we’re not suggesting you drop and duck out in the woods for a month of agonized song-writing, it might behoove you to channel your emotions into something creative. Go for your preferred method of creating or try something new. Collaging, journaling, writing poetry, or even sequencing emotionally-nourishing yoga flows are all stellar options.
Make new connections.
As we mentioned earlier, you’re likely not the only one with a soft heart this month. Use it as an opportunity to connect with others, both personally and professionally. Everyone might be feeling a little raw, which can be a great opportunity for honest communication. This could lend to authentic networking, making new ride-or-die friends, or going deeper with a sibling. Remember the power of authenticity and sincerity. We’re all just lookin’ for some love, ya know?
Explore your introvert.
The best connection you can maintain is to yourself and your spirit. While it might feel intimidating at first, alone time can feel especially delicious during Scorpio season. It’s an excellent time to go deeper and reflect on your dreams and desires. It’s also a great time to binge read, organize your closet, or crank some heart-filled poetry in your room.
How do you settle into the emotional time of autumn? Let us know in the comments below.
Amanda Kohr is the editor at Wanderlust. You can find her exploring new highways, drinking diner coffee, and on Instagram.