There is something about September which feels like the start of a new year. I start re-evaluating what I want from life and feel more energetic and purposeful. I’ve always attributed this to the fact that the new school year starts in September in the UK. The last days of summer were spent buying new school shoes and pencil cases preparing for the year ahead. We had new teachers, different classes and the six-week holidays was enough time for collective memories to forget what had happened the year before.
I left school more than twenty years ago but yet I still feel in a cycle of using the summer to unwind before refocusing in September. This makes sense when you consider how our brains create neural pathways based on our previous thoughts and behaviours. Unless we do something to actively shift these thought processes, then they stay and good habits are a good thing.
Why a reset can be a positive thing
Now, I know lots of people hate the January new year because there’s too much of a focus on perfection over just getting on with life. However, I personally find it really useful to regroup, look at where I want to go in life and refocus accordingly. Now, I’m not one of those people that has a five year plan, or even a year’s plan tbh. I rarely know what I’m doing from one week to the next. But if I don’t check in with myself, then I have a tendency to drift along feeling like things aren’t quite right but not taking any action to change them. This is why a September reset really works for me.
How to harness the September new year feeling
- Use Pinterest or magazines to create a vision board – look for what visually excites you and resonates with you
- Think about your short term aims. What would you like to achieve?
- Be positive. This isn’t designed to be a stick to beat yourself with.
- Write down your intentions.
- Create a realistic action plan.
- Enjoy it.