In many areas of the world, deciduous trees prepare for the winter and conserve their energy by contracting their leaves, which have required the rays of the sun and nourishment from the Earth in order to maintain robust growth and appearance. It's not a decision the trees make, rather a natural response to the decreasing cycle of light that sets up the gradual and steady release of the trees' leaves.
How remarkable is it that these trees— and for that matter, all of Earth's children— simply know what to do with the changes in climate. Although this seasonal shift appears to be a death of sorts, its only a preparation for the next cycle of life, one that will naturally follow the more extreme contraction of winter as an aspect of the life-death-rebirth cycle that we find represented in so many different ways.
Now is the time to let anything in your life fall away that is no longer useful or needed for the emerging expression of who you are. Allow yourself to gradually shed what has become burdensome and no longer congruent with your soul's purpose. Conserve your energy by allowing yourself more rest while at the same time making preparations for the winter season. Look especially at your material possessions and be honest with yourself as you discern which of these can be given away or somehow released.
Consider shedding relationships that have served their purpose and are no longer viable, as well as work or a job that has become devoid of interest and passion. With release comes a sense of being much lighter, just like the trees that openly bear their nakedness once their leaves have departed and give room for whatever new life is ready to birth following a period of quiet and gestation. So let go of whatever has outlived its purpose and trust that something else will take its place.