Are You A Fan Of A September Reset?

September 5, 2022

I know that saying goodbye to the summer can be hard, but after this particularly hot July and August I am sure there are a few of you out there who are looking forward to some cooler weather and the new season. September is one of my favourite times of the year. With those back-to-school feeling and the anticipation of new beginnings, often September feels more like the start of the year than January. Whilst the weather may be on the turn, it’s not quite as dismal as January and with sunny evenings lingering on I often feel really optimistic about life in September and think it can be the perfect time for a reset.

Are all the wellbeing areas of your life working for you?

A reset doesn’t have to mean a huge overhaul of your life, but instead you can use it as an opportunity to sit down and think which areas of your life are working and which areas could do with a bit of a tweak. Getting into new habits now is ideal ahead of the indulgent Christmas season that’s only just round the corner!

The first part of my reset is all about finding something to look forward to. After a busy summer travelling, I always like to put something in the diary to look forward to; but it’s not another holiday, instead I like to plan a challenge, so I have something not only to look forward, to but also to work towards. Holidays are lovely and relaxing but completing a challenge is so rewarding. This year Jon and I have a biggie in our sights, as we are off to climb Mount Kenya in October! But your challenge doesn’t need to be quite so huge, small goals can be just as rewarding.  

A physical challenge is a really good idea as it will encourage you to keep up with regular exercise. Obviously, it’s good to keep physically fit, but crucially it’ll top up the dopamine and serotonin levels that we get naturally from the summer weather.  Maybe try something new by booking yourself into a new class or download the couch to 5K app. Getting yourself into a good routine with exercise is so important ahead of the coming winter and all the cold bugs that come with the colder season.  

If you are back to work after the summer break, but are working from home, I find it really helps clear the mind if I take some time out to sort my workspace out. Have a clear out and make sure that any filing systems you have in place are really working for you. And maybe treat yourself to some new stationary, the little things really can make even the toughest jobs more enjoyable.  

Does your reset spark joy?

Finally, I believe that any resetting and the goals that you attach to it should spark joy, as I think that way they are much more likely to become habits. And no reset plan is complete without some proper relaxation time factored in. Why not pick a couple of books that you had planned to read on the sun lounger but didn’t get round to and instead block out some time each week to read, or plan to meet friends who you haven’t seen over the summer months. Life can be super busy, but I know if I make an effort to put my phone down for half an hour a day, I suddenly find I have lots more spare time.

Are you strong enough to fight off colds and flu?

As we move into Autumn it’s really important to make sure that you are also fuelling yourself well. As we approach Winter, we want to be in the best state physically so we can fight off colds and give ourselves as much energy as possible to tackle our day-to-day chores.  I try to focus on a diet full of anti-inflammatory foods, like berries, broccoli, and fatty fish. Inflammation can be good, but it can also be bad. It helps your body defend itself from infection and injury, but chronic inflammation can lead to disease, with stress, certain foods and lack of exercise making this risk even greater (1*).  

A diet full of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids can really help manage the symptoms of chronic inflammation.  Check out the EAT section where I will be sharing some tips for an anti-inflammatory diet.  

Finally, don’t be sad that the summer is over, be excited for new beginnings.  

Jon & Sally x

1*) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29209827/