So much happens in September. School starts. Summer ends. When I think of September, what comes to mind for me is “harvest.” Just head to Madison’s farmer’s market, and I doubt you could disagree it is a time of plenty.
September is truly a time of transition, even in a garden. The summer plants are ending, the autumn plants are starting – but there they are, both on the table in September. For a little window of time, at least.
In this first full week of September – the first full week of school, the first week past summer (psychologically, anyway) – we can feel the shift. New routines, new schedules. Earlier bedtimes, earlier mornings. For those of us in Madison, there’s been a genuine change in the weather, and the cooler temperatures are a gentle reminder that we’ve turned the page of the calendar.
It’s the perfect time to turn a corner in your health, to make some conscious choices and put in place some simple changes that could have a huge impact on the way you look, and feel.
If you have kids, then right now you’re taking the time to study their schedules, to plan your days around school, lessons, practice and homework.
Changes. Transitions. New routines.
Why not do the same for yourself?
Tomorrow, when you wake up, before you do anything else, take five to ten minutes in the morning and gently transition from rest to activity. Plan your day. Breathe. Become present in your body.
This may not sound like much, but believe me, it can be huge. When we start our day without a pause, we are sending messages of stress and panic to our bodies, and we continue in that mode throughout the day.
It almost doesn’t matter what you do with that time, as long as you do it gently. Take the time to quiet your mind. You can say a prayer, do a short meditation, or even run through your day in your head, touching on the things you have to do, perhaps considering the good, healthy choices you’re going to make. Just remember, the thoughts should be calm. It’s about transitioning gently from rest to activity, rather than jumping right into stress and chaos.
This small change can be very beneficial. Many people notice positive effects, and feel more energized and empowered in their day.
Ready to give it a try?