Summer is almost over, the leaves will start changing, and new seasons will begin. Here are a few tips on how to prepare yourself for the change!
1. Take a small break before starting the season - don't go into it rushed. Even just one day to breathe is enough to calm you down and will help get you started on a positive and motivated note.
2. Things might not have gone to plan last year and your new year may be starting a bit differently. That is ok! Sometimes our schedule goes a bit wonky but that does not mean that you are not destined to end up where you want to be. A few detours are not going to destroy anything, and as long as you are aware of this, then your new journey will bring about excitement and magic.
3. Try not to START your day on a laptop or phone. Take 15 minutes a day just to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, be aware of your surroundings, and have breakfast!
4. Try not to END your day on a laptop or phone. Read a book. End your day on a relaxed note, so that you’re not too tired to start your next day.
5. Write To-Do lists and start with the item you like least. This allows you to end your day on a positive note and you won't procrastinate the work you don't feel like doing.
6. Change the habit of putting yourself last or barely making any time for self-care. Attempt to start each day with a focused intention, taking things one step at a time, and being present as much as possible.
7. Life can get busy and the days rush past us. Spend a few minutes in the morning or at night to prepare a packed lunch for your long day ahead - and actually eat it! (You save money and the environment so you can buy more clothes and help the turtles!)
8. Be mindful during daily activities. This will help you maintain an overall healthy wellbeing. Practice this when you eat - eat slowly and without distraction - put your phone away. Listen to your hunger cues and eat only until you’re full. Notice colours in your plate, smells, flavours, and notice the effects food has on your feelings. Appreciate your food - and show gratitude to whoever prepared it for you - including yourself.
Be in the here and now. Breathe.
Ian Azzopardi Meli
Wellbeing Team 2018-2019