I don't know about you lot, but I just realised that we have had 6 MONTHS(!) of this bullshit. I am EXHAUSTED and as Autumn roles in, so much of me wants to curl up in a ball and go into hibernation (just bring on 2021 now please). BUT I will not be defeated, and neither will you. There's no doubt that you'll gain personal success moving forward by digging deep and prioritising your positive outlook. So, when exhaustion hits, here are some things to help you overcome any lethargic or down beat feelings as the colder days set in (whilst also enjoying wearing your fabulous summer playsuit for the last time this week in 29 degree heat!):
1. A positive mindset (unfollow negative people - now!)
This is Autumn. This is the season of golden leaves, bonfires and back to school. It is my absolute favourite season and in order to stay positive, I'd like you to join me in making a conscious decision to unfollow social media accounts that do nothing but make you feel bad about yourself. There is enough going on without feeling dragged down by people, sentiment and accounts that do nothing but show off false lives. DELETE DELETE DELETE!
2. A crisp morning walk
As the cold weather begins to set in (and don't even talk to me about how much British weather has let me down today by deciding to suddenly be so hot - classic) it can be harder to get yourself outside and running, or doing HIIT classes on the common. BUT, have you noticed how beautiful the walks around you could be? Here are some amazing walks around London (and when you get back, that cup of coffee will be all the more delicious).
3. The favourite jumper
One of the best things about Autumn is the wardrobe, there's no doubting it. Do you remember that jumper you bought in the January sales that has been too hot to wear? Yeah? Or that cosy coat that was useless when we weren't allowed to go outside? Dig into the back of your wardrobe and put on something that makes you look FANTASTIC, it will help you FEEL fantastic.
4. Managing your time - let's go back to school
I think what most people get nervous about at this time of year is the idea that they have 12 weeks of work until Christmas, and if you've worked in our insane industry before, you'll know that these twelve weeks are usually totally manic. So, let's go back to school. At school you half a half term after six weeks, and I want you all to give yourself a week off then too. We've kept going for 6 months, you're allowed some time off. Do it, book a week off in your diary.
5. Seasonal Affected Disorder
Have you noticed in the past that you emotionally change when the days are darker? You may be suffering from S.A.D. One way that could help counter this (and some people swear by them) are S.A.D. lamps, have a look here. S.A.D can affect so people in many different ways, the NHS has put together some advice on noticing symptoms, as well as other ways to cope.
Do you remember when it was too hot for Shepherds Pie? Too stodgy to have sausages and mash? No longer! Showing off your midriff is totally off limits and a Sunday roast with an elasticated waist on your trousers is THE DREAM. Sharing meals with people you love, who boost your morale is something that I genuinely believe to be incomparable with getting you ready to get to WERK.
7. Of course, when all else fails - COFFEE
There's nothing quite like a good caffeine hit to get you in the mood for a kickass day of work, job applications or even walking in the park. Here are a few of our favourite places in London.