Getting back into the Swing of Things

The days are getting shorter. This is ‘back to school’ week. Summer is coming to an end and with it all the activities that we enjoy in the summer such as traveling, going hiking, spending more time with family and friends, going to the beach, enjoying BBQs and lazy afternoons on the deck … These activities – pleasant and nice as they are – may create exhaustion and disorientation in people as well. After being in holiday mode for so long, many people are welcoming a time with more routine and regularity.


So the first weeks in September seem to be a big shift for many (not only for parents getting their children back to school.) Similar to the beginning of the new year, I hear my clients talk about getting back to eating healthier, drinking less alcohol, going back to the gym, resuming yoga or pilates classes and getting into a more regular routine altogether. Here are a few tips to help you get into the swing of things:


  1. Renew your exercise commitments: Whatever your commitments are, make sure you follow up. Put the classes or gym time in your day timer, planner or phone. Pay attention to how you talk to yourself: “I WILL go to the gym on Mondays and Thursdays.” (Don’t wait for your motivation to occur, you will just do it.) Get your running shoes or gym wear ready before you go to bed. Find an exercise partner to go with. Make it fun!


  1. Improve your eating habits: Reduce coffee intake and limit your alcohol consumption. Reduce sugar and refined carbohydrates (white flour, processed food, white sugar products). Prepare your breakfast the night before. Make your packed lunches ahead of time and store them in the fridge ready to go. Try new delicious healthy recipes – and enjoy your healthy choices!


  1. Find nourishing sleep: Ease the transition from wake time to sleep time with a period of relaxing activities at least one hour before bed. Take a bath, read a book, practice relaxation, meditation or Alexander Technique Constructive Rest. Avoid stressful, stimulating activities—doing work or discussing emotional issues. Avoid screen time before going to sleep. Aim for 7 – 9 hours a night and keep a consistent sleep schedule!