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A Season of Self-care and New Beginnings

A Season of Self-care and New Beginnings, Samantha Murphy, West Hartford Holistic Counseling

Time for Self-Care

September can be a tough time of year. To me, September is the real beginning of the year. Perhaps it’s because it’s my birthday month, yet it’s also because it is a time we all seem to get back into work mode after summer breaks and vacations. September is a time for new starts, new learning, new anything. This makes it exciting. In all the hustle and bustle of a time of year for new beginnings, don’t forget to take care of yourself by integrating self-care into your days.

Stress can build fast, organization can dismantle quickly, and work can pile up. Stress impacts us all over. It impacts our thoughts and feelings and our body reacts. Don’t get so caught up in the New Year that you forget yourself. Take your weekends and your breaks and take care of you. Here are some great things to do for your own self-care this time of year.

Enjoy the fall season

  • The weather is beautiful and there are all sorts of activities to do before the winter comes!
  • Go for a hike http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325088&deepNav_GID=1650%20
  • Head out to the farms for all sorts of activities. There are corn mazes, beautiful flowers and fresh fruits to pick.
  • Go back to the beach on a warm day
  • Explore New England and all it’s fall glory!

Write out your goals for the year

  • Have an idea of what you want and are working towards to help motivate you in the stressful moments
  • Make a vision board


  • Take a yoga class or do free things at home: doyogawithme.com , fitnessblender.com  , sweatybetty.com
  • Find an exercise buddy to keep you accountable
  • Join a gym
  • Hit those trails and take in the fall scenery
  • Benefits include increased endorphins, reduced anxiety and depression, improved mood

Take a break

  • Do nothing. Meditate. Breathe. Just sit and be.

Spend time with friends

Don’t forget to tend to your relationships and connect with your loved ones.. Make plans with friends and family and pencil them into your regular routine.

Counseling can be a huge help during times of change, stress and transitions! Please feel free to contact me at 860-258-4171 or email me here so we can discuss how I can help you.

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