September: the start of a new year?

September 13, 2018
change when you don't like change

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 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.

I want to harness this energy and set intentions for the months ahead. I’m going to use the time to refocus and really think about what I want to achieve in the months ahead. Some of those are 365 days of wellbeing related and others are simply as basic as sorting out my Autumn wardrobe.

How to harness the September new year feeling

1 Use Pinterest or magazines to create a vision board – look for what visually excites you and resonates with you

2 Think about your short term aims. What would you like to achieve?

3 Be positive. This isn’t designed to be a stick to beat yourself with.

4 Write down your intentions.

5 Create a realistic action plan

6 Enjoy it.

  • Reply
    September 15, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I definitely agree with the new year feeling in September – although I am a teacher, so it definitely is still part of my life!
    I am in the process of trying to sort out my wardrobe a bit and work on some goals. Hope you’re having a good month 🙂

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