The Month of New Beginnings

September is the new January.

The end of summer and the start of a new school year – even if you haven’t been in school for years it feels like a fresh start. And it feels like a special kind of fresh start. Time to get serious, buckle down, get back to work (whatever “work” means to you). So that makes September a great time to integrate some new habits into your daily or weekly routine.

Take advantage of the physical change occuring in nature, to effect change in your personal life. Look into building a ritual that will enhance your wellbeing and increase your sense of self-worth. Rituals are a powerful tool that can be used to reinforce behaviour, create focus and make change stick. So this year, I’m capitalizing on this transitional time of year to create some simple rituals that will help me stay grounded while I battle with the post-summer blues.

Conscious consumption:

This season, I suggest taking a step beyond just looking for the “organic” label on the food that you’re purchasing. Take a deeper look at how your foods are grown and raised. Services such as FarmBox or Riverford make it easy for you to ensure that the food that you’re nourishing your body with are grown and raised with love and energy they deserve – which in turn will affect you and the way your body processes and digests its nutrience. Arrange a weekly delivery of local produce and goods, for a timesaving ritual you can feel good about. I personally use Riverford and love their produce!

Social media detoxing:

While technological advances are happening every day, many people are looking to escape their high-tech devices. The wake of this digital trend, it’s become apparent that social media has many negative impacts on our mental health and social wellbeing. So this season I’m making a ritual of unplugging every Sunday. Join me, and set a time for yourself each day to completely unplug from your devices. And instead, focus on activities that fuel you and your soul.

Sweat daily:

Sweating is a great way to cleanse your body and soul, as your skin is the largest organ of detoxification. The activity of sweating has a handful of benefits such as releasing endorphins (and contributing to higher levels of happiness), preventing illness and enhances your memory. Make a habit of sweating on a regular basis at some of my favourite spots in town: Core Collective, TriYoga, Paola’s Body Barre, or KXU.

Switch off the social:

This is something I wrote about in an Instagram post the other day and I couldn’t reccommend it more. Are you a culprit of having your weeks booked up with plans every evening, weeks in advance? If this is you then I suggest ruling out at least 2 night’s a week for the next month to have some scheduled in “me time”. I use this time to read more, watch TV shows that I have missed and I’ve even just enrolled in an evening ‘Grounding & Protection’ class. This will help you stay on top of things, feel fresh and connect with activities you might otherwise not allow time for.

Whether or not you adopt a specific ritual is up to you. But keep in mind that often times its easy for your willpower to dwindle. With focus and routine it makes it easier to plan ahead and go about doing these activities in a methodical way. Giving you the energy you need to get you through your day, week or month, regardless of how you choose to approach it.