I don’t know what it is about September, but I find I’m always encouraged to change up certain aspects of my life and start fresh with a new season. I think this is a good habit to get into, because it gives me 4 times throughout the year to reflect on my lifestyle and make changes where needed. Coming off of Summer, these little changes seem like a must because it can be so easy to get caught up in the fun and forget everything else.
So for this September, I have decided to take a good, long look at my health to see what I could be doing better. Now, when I say health I’m talking about a large umbrella that consists of: general health, mental health and lifestyle health. These 3 factors are extra important and demand that we spend a little time with each one to see where we could be doing better and what we could change to make life a little easier.
5 Goals To Make & Keep This September
Drink More Water: I think most people share this goal across the board because water is SUCH an important part of our everyday lives. But the real question is, how do you go about drinking more water? For me, I find that the vessel I drink from can make all the difference in how much I drink. For example, during a work day I make sure to use an extra-large tumbler that can hold a ton of water and will reduce how many times I need to get up and refill it. That goes for home as well, having a large cup full of water on hand at all times makes water my first priority.
Secondly, it’s important to make drinking water fun so that you’ll do it more, so try to spice up your water with a little lemon/lime/orange really anything that will get you drinking more. Lastly, for those who find forgetfulness plays a huge part in drinking water, try out the Plant Nanny app. It’s a little plant that grows every time you input a glass of water. Not only that it sends out friendly reminders, on your schedule to remind you to get drinking!
Take Time For Self Care: Self care is SO important no matter what season it is, but Fall is a great time to reset and get back in the habit of taking care of ourselves. One really important reason why this is a great time to spend a little time on you is because we’re heading into the colder, darker months and that can take a huge toll on our general day to day and mood. So, to really invest in self-care take some time to do the things you’ve been waiting to do (for yourself) or get back to the things that make you feel good.
Whether it’s getting in the habit of doing morning yoga before the day starts or simply spending a little time at night writing in a journal, find something that makes you feel good and do it every single day. It may seem like a daunting task to add that extra something into your routine but at the end of the day it is beneficial for all parts of you and your life. If it comes down to time management, make yourself the priority by putting a reminder in your phone or by leaving notes around the house, reminding you to take that 10 minutes and doing something just for you.
Try Something New: When someone says “I’m going to try something new this year” it tends to be attached to New Years Eve or a resolution of some sort. But instead of waiting till January, why not take the change of season to do something new you haven’t done before?
I know for me I would like to try doing some jogging over the next while to see how I like it and I have started looking into cooking classes with my husband. So find something, anything really that you have been waiting to try or think you might be interested in and get into it, even if it’s just once. The thrill of trying something new is almost a great enough feeling on its own but at the end of the day you will be opening yourself up to new experiences that can really make life a little more rich and interesting.
Reconnect: Summertime gets the best of us, whether it’s vacations, concerts, events or a local fair, the time sure flies by. That is why this is the best time of year to reconnect with family and friends who you may have lost touch with over the last few months. Whether it’s a quick cup of coffee or a small dinner party, make the time to see the ones your love and invest some time into those relationships. This is the perfect middle point of the year where the holiday rush hasn’t begun and the summer holidays have officially wound down so soak up this time while you can and get social.
Create A New Habit: Lastly, while you’re in the process of making these small but effective changes, consider adding in a new habit to your routine to really round out the next few months. Fun fact: Did you know it only takes 21 days to form a new habit? That’s all the time you need before whatever you’re doing will become easier and more second nature. For me, I have a hard time keeping up with my skin care routine so that will be a habit that I will focus on for the next little while until it sticks. No matter your habit (make it a healthy one) find something that works for you and implement it into your daily plan and you might just notice life improves little by little.
Do you have any goals for the upcoming months? Share them with us below!