Well that’s the summer holidays over! And just like that it’s the beginning of autumn (my favourite season): children heading-off to school, beautiful light on the trees and the prospect of ever-cosier evenings by the fire. I really think it’s hard to beat.
So how was your summer? Did you get some time to yourself? A chance to rest? To do something new or take stock of a situation?
As with all goals, the stars don’t need to align before embarking on a project. Let’s not wait for Monday, for new year or for some other supposedly significant moment before we begin.
Sometimes I think we think everything has to be special or just right before we start something. The truth is that there is no better time than right now. The more we overcomplicate a situation the harder we make it for ourselves to succeed. We don’t need to change 100% of our lives to see improvement in one area. If you’re looking to lose some excess fat then adjust some of what you eat for some lower-calorie options and increase how much you move. If you want to become knowledgeable about something then set aside 15 minutes a day to research or read. If you want to work through a problem or deal with an emotional issue then put time aside with someone else to break it down and devise a plan to help you. The way we approach issues, the way we speak to ourselves and the things we prioritise or give time too all accumulate. Whether they have a positive or negative effect I believe, is very much down to us.
I have been going through periods of anxiety of late and in the last while these have been accompanied with a recurring water infection or UTI. It’s been properly crap at times but I have noticed that the more I take a proactive approach and nurture myself the better I get. Talking about it has helped me too. When I let myself fester for too long or start imagining all the negative things that might happen I definitely get worse or at the very least don’t see an improvement.
Change doesn’t need to be a big extravagant affair. In fact the longest lasting change occurs through small, adjustments to our daily habits. I hope that somewhere over the last 2 months’ worth of blog posts that that has been apparent.
So whilst it might have been good to get on board a mini movement over the summer to focus on your self care, what are you taking on into the autumn and beyond? It’s not just for the summer, it’s for all year-round. ❤️