We’ve had the summer, those long, light days and now it’s dark by 8pm. Those daylight hours are on a downward slope from here now.
But this year, I’m actually ready for autumn. September felt like a fresh start – although of course, managing COVID-19 is proving no mean feat at the moment (get the track and trace app set up people).
As those nights draw in, seasonal affective disorder is common. You might find that your mood drops, especially as you are no longer being woken up by light streaming through your window (even if it did wake you up pretty early some mornings). Instead it’s a blaring alarm.
I’m a morning person and I’ve talked about that before. But getting up in the dark isn’t really fun is it?
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One of my 2020 ‘resolutions’ was to read more. This one has been semi achieved, but I’m not ‘strict’ on myself to read X amount of books, instead I kind of go with the flow. I think I’ll set a ‘target’ for 2021 and see how I get on. Instead, I’m currently updating my Good Reads account to try and trace back the amount I’ve read (you can follow me on Good Reads here).
My most productive time? It’s morning hands down. I’ll quite happily be awake and working by 7.30am (if I need to be), I’m energised at that time in the day, sat at the desk with a coffee – it’s set to be a productive morning in my book. We’ve all got different ways of working and this tends to be mine.
But post-lunch, it’s a bit of a different story. Around mid-afternoon it’s a case of powering through. Luckily, I like coffee so that’s one point of call but I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who finds 3pm a tough point in the day.
Before I say that I can’t stop looking at my bookcase, I should probably give some context. Incase you missed it, this week I shared a photo on my Instagram to reveal the before and after of my bookcase.
Comparison actually is a fundamental human impulse (according to Pyschology Today) so preventing it completely is pretty difficult. Interestingly, comparison can be positive – measuring yourself against another could be motivating or inspiring. But those comparison thoughts can be quite difficult during the age definition of ‘early twenties’.
I’m not normally a fan of transitioning into the colder autumn weather but I’ve always been a fan of the ‘back-to-school’ feeling. We all know it’s been an interesting year (to say the least) and I’m craving the fresh start, the ability to press reset, a shake-up of the routine as we continue to adjust to a ‘new normal’.
Are you wanting to reduce your ‘clothing consumerism’? Oxfam has the answer, by launching their ‘Second Hand September’ campaign. It’s a pledge, a challenge to only buy second hand for 30 days. And the reason why? Throwaway fashion is posing a real impact on our environment – every week, 13 million items of clothing ends up in UK landfill.
I love this campaign and there are ways to make second hand shopping as smooth as possible, it just involves a bit more thought. I’m no expert, but I’ve got some inspiration for you.
Although spellcheck is telling me otherwise, Missguided isn’t incorrectly spelt – in fact it’s fully-fledged fast fashion brand and can perhaps be famously remembered for their £1 bikini? The brand is located in the city of Manchester, residing alongside it’s online rivals; Boohoo, Pretty Little Thing and In The Style so I guess Manchester can be regarded as an empire for fast fashion.
Dear Class of 2020, we have entered unprecedented times.
When it comes to job hunting, it is a mixture of good days and bad days, but the main element I’ve found is keeping on track with those applications. Keeping those deadlines fresh in the mind, attempting to work out what you may have done right or wrong for that matter and trying to not get lost in the world of job hunting and applications.
I think one of the things we have all missed in one way or another is eating out, going for coffee and just the general experience. Businesses have adapted with the takeaway options, the delivery services – but if I’m honest, I’ve really missed sitting in a coffee shop with my laptop!