It’s that time of year. The flurry of activity as we return from our holidays, after exotic trips and summer cottages. Back to everyday life. Back to school. Or back to work.
Our sandals are dirty, our feet hardened by blisters. The bottles of sunscreen have gone back to the bottom of the bathroom drawers, where they will remain until next year. We have new stories to tell and pictures to show to our friends. But are we ready?
“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”
The nights are darker. There is that buzz in the air, the smell of change mixed with sadness for the passing of time.
Autumn is my favorite season and I’m excited. However, it’s about to get busy, with work, studies and other activities.
It’s always challenging to get back into the swing of things. We really need to take care of ourselves, so I’ve put together a list of how exactly we can do that. Let’s get started.
Now is a good time to do some journaling about your summer. Pick up a notebook and write down the things you did and the memories you made, in vivid detail, so you can look back years from now and remember.
Reflect on what you learned. What word would best describe your summer this year? What was your favorite song these past months? Where did you travel, which roadtrips did you take?
Draw pictures and make lists, especially of things that make you smile. You’ll thank yourself later.
I always make an effort to simplify my life when a new season starts and I go back to school. It allows me to focus on what really matters because I have more time and energy for the important stuff.
- Clean your room/house/apartment and get organized. Even if you’re a neat person there always seems to be too many things piling up in closets and drawer. Rid your life of stuff you no longer need and that doesn’t make you happy.
- Get rid of one bad habit. Mine is looking at my phone in bed for 10 minutes every morning. I want to learn to get up right away instead so I can get to work earlier.
- Strip down your routines. Cut down Netflix to one hour per day. Do your makeup in less than 15 minutes. Stop procrastinating and be on time with your deadlines.
3) Plan ahead
There are only 4 whole months left this year. Oh my god, where has all this time gone?
I’m planning on doing a proper going over of my goals for this year and reviewing my progress. Then I’ll jot down a new, updated list. There are for sure a few things I still need to get my hustle on with.
Writing down goals really helps with staying motivated, especially when it’s been a few weeks in of being back to school.
4) Try something new
Something that’s sure to make us feel brighter and more energized is trying something new. It’s important to make that extra effort. Go to a gym class you haven’t tried before. Wear that scarf that you never wear. Start reading that book you’ve wanted to read for ages.
Push yourself a little bit, even if it feels hard at first, because you’ll soon feel like your life has gotten a breath of fresh air.
If there is one thing you should prioritize this time of year, it’s getting plenty of rest. It makes us, like, 10 times more productive and 100 times happier.
These past months I’ve realized I have a stupid habit of working on my laptop right until my bedtime. In the moment it feels good, to be working on that thing, whatever it is. But if I go to bed 10 minutes after closing my laptop, I have trouble falling asleep. My brain is still in overdrive and can’t relax. Of course, having stared at the blue light of the screen doesn’t help either.
The next day I’m worn out. If it’s really bad, there is no amount of coffee or sunshine that can save me – I’m a sleep-deprived zombie and nothing gets done.
So when I have something big going on, like when it’s time to get back to school, I prioritize calming down an hour before bed. When I do this, I’m waking up earlier, feeling happier and I’m more productive. My goal is to never get in the habit of that kind of self-sabotage again.
Go to the movies
When all else fails, make a visit to the cinema. It’s the ultimate form of escapism: sinking into the chair, being engulfed in darkness, and then, the curtains open to tell you a story. Going to the movies always makes me feel better. Just as long as I pick a good one.
I hope you feel inspired and motivated in the upcoming weeks!
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