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Is September the New January?

Are you enjoying the darker mornings and cooler air we are feeling recently? I have taken the hint and packed away my flipflops, dusted off my Barbour and dug my fine knits out of my wardrobe! Cosiness is akin to happiness in my book, which is why I am delighted to welcome Annie of Flock By Nature to the blog today.

Annie feels strongly about finding time to enjoy the little things in life, and brings that sense of ‘slow’ right down to her knitwear brand. She says ‘Our knitwear is thoughtfully designed with style & wellbeing in mind. Relaxed, yet elevated by carefully considered details to create elegant silhouettes. We take inspiration from those precious moments of serenity when you are content to just ‘be’; when you take a moment to press pause on the noise of day-to-day life. We are confident that our curated collection of the highest quality Italian & British merino wool will treat you to a moment of tranquility and luxury, whenever you deserve a moment of calm.’

Well how special! With many of us hitting this month hard in terms of new starts, big plans and back-to-school vibes, that sense of calm will be a lovely change of pace to enjoy with a brew and maybe a slice of cake today.

I’ll pass you over to Annie from Flock By Nature for more:

Is September the new January?

I don’t know whether it’s the changing seasons or a distant memory of the new school term but the start of September often feels more like New Year than actual New Year to me. I don’t really ‘do’ New Year’s resolutions in January, let alone September, but I do have an enhanced feeling of ‘intent’ right now about a few things.

Autumn is a tricky season. There are 2 scenarios:

The one in my head: I am excited by the promise of woodland walks on crisp mornings kicking piles of dry leaves and collecting conkers. Wrapping up warm for bonfire nights. Cosy nights in by the fire etc etc.

The reality: get to November, realise I’ve not seen actual daylight for weeks and that I’m fuelled mainly by Hot Chocolate and marshmallows. Wonder why my jeans are tighter. Feel slightly grey about lack of aforementioned daylight.

These scenarios have played out on annual repeat pretty much since I started work. And as the saying goes: if you continue to do the same thing over and over, don’t expect a different outcome. That is why this September, rather than barrel into Autumn without any thought, I have laid some good intentions.

  1. Get Outside

Everyday, even if just for 15 minutes. The run between home – car – workplace – car – home doesn’t count. This ‘getting outside’ is purposeful and for its own sake. The benefits of fresh air on general wellbeing and mental clarity are well documented. Chances are the only real opportunity to do this for many people is in the lunch break… which is good as it can help kill another bird with the same stone.

2. No working over lunch

Firstly because I will be spending some of the break outside and secondly because I will be eating lunch mindfully. Mindful eating is eating with Intention and Attention. So no mindlessly grazing food whilst doing something else and not tasting what you are eating. Mindful eating is recognised to help rewire your brain into making good food choices and help weight management. Hot chocolates are definitely still ON but they will be consciously balanced with the rest of my diet.

3. Sleep

You can google the numerous benefits. For me, just making me feel better is reason enough! The important bit here is the quality of sleep. I find an hour before midnight is generally worth two hours after midnight. I feel far more refreshed sleeping 10.30pm- 6am than midnight – 7.30am. It does take some training to get into this cycle, but for me the benefits are worth it.

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4. Zero Waste

Last week was Zero Waste Week (www.zerowasteweek.co.uk), an annual awareness campaign aimed primarily at reducing landfill. It got me thinking about what I do personally to minimise waste and how Flock’s foundations are built. Flock are big advocates of #buylessbuybetter but it's more than an initial purchase of a quality garment that you hope will last well. Wear and tear is a normal part of a garments lifecycle and little snags and holes will consign an otherwise-still-lovely piece to the back of a cupboard. All of Flock’s sweaters and garments come with The Flock Promise of complimentary repairs for any minor damage that might befall it, to help ensure its a treasured wardrobe staple for years to come. And personally, all the sweaters I own with holes are going to be darned by my own fair hands this September.



About the author: Janet Hill

I’m Janet, and I live at the foot of the beautiful Welsh Hills with my children Mary, 21, and Mark, 17. We share our four-acre plot with our six dogs, six cats (plus a cheeky regular overnight visitor!), four hens, an assortment of wild ducks and all the other wonderful wildlife that visits our garden.

Now I want to share the joys of my life in the country and invite you to read all about it here in The Hills. It isn’t a glamorous life but it is wonderful, healthy and hearty and full of the very best of people.

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