EMBRACE AUTUMN

EMBRACE AUTUMN

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 9th September 2020

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If You’re Feeling A Little Wobbly

Autumn is the only season that guarantees fun (and I challenge anyone to disagree). But the changing of seasons has a different feel to it this year, as many of us have felt our lives in 2020 have been “on hold”.

Some felt desensitised to time, but change is good – and the seasons changing is visually one of the best ways for us to feel as if change has happened. It’s healthy for us to recognise that – to know that, despite the weirdness, we’re moving forwards.

It’s understandable, though, that you may be mourning a lost year. So, if you’re feeling a little wobbly about September being here, you’re not alone. Here’s why you should embrace, not reject, the new season.

How To Force A September Reset During This Chaotic Year

It’s easier to have a reset in autumn.

The habits we pick up as kids are habits many of us keep – and, from the age of five, September symbolised a renewal. It meant back to school; a time to start over and refocus. Many of us still think of September as an opportunity to refresh: we might not be at school, but the mentality stays the same.

It needn’t be as much as a change of job or house move – a mental reframing is plenty. One way to think about this is to mentally wind the clock forward to the end of the year, advises life and career coach Chris Cooper. Picture yourself looking back over the last few months (September to December) and ask: in order to feel satisfied with the last part of 2020, what will I need to have done?

For some people, this may simply be: “I’m okay with just surviving”. For others, it might mean taking a moment to reflect and consider what they want to do in the next four months. Now, set some goals around achieving that.

Take the opportunity to make small changes now and you won’t have to make something up when flocks of relatives ask you what your New Year’s Resolution is. “I made my life change in September,” you can say. Leave them to it, smug in the knowledge that you’re three months into your failed resolutions already.

It’s a season with guaranteed fun (let us explain).

If January is punctuated by us wondering whether we’ll get any snow, and summer by us hoping we’ll get sun, autumn is the season where we know exactly what we’re going to get: brittle leaves of every colour in warmer shades than spring – and they’re guaranteed.

They pile up, tempting us to kick them, returning us to memories of childhood. Look forward to looking up more than you would in any other season, to admire the way the shapes of the trees change without their cloaks or enjoy the surprise of a few sunny days for one last iconic lockdown picnic.

The next time you go for a park walk with a friend who’s feeling like they’ve lost a year to the virus, get them to appreciate the beauty of autumn around them. The crisp air, the leaves, the conkers. You could even try the mindful activity of counting colours on your walk – sure to keep you in the moment.

It’s time to get cosy on the sofa, with loads to keep you busy.

If summer was the season to talk about holidays (then not actually going for fear of a quarantine), autumn’s the time to ditch the idea of leaving the sofa entirely.

A raft of exciting shows and films will be on your screens over the next few months – and it’s time to get excited. There’s the return of Strictly Come Dancing, with its first ever same-sex couple featuring Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, and the new TV drama from Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino: We Are Who We Are.

Also putting on a show to alleviate the stresses of the pandemic is I’m Thinking Of Ending Things, a new drama by Being John Malkovich creator Charlie Kaufman. There’s the return of Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman 1984, and Tenet, with comedy moments from R-Patz and Kenneth Branagh.

Oh, and Bond, James Bond, returns for Daniel Craig’s final outing in No Time To Die this November. Find out more about this autumn’s best releases in Good Vibes Only.

September’s all about finding a fresh lease of life – we suggest heading to the woods, looking up at the golden glow and going from there.

Adam Bloodworth

You thought on our posts we had stopped talking about Covid-19. Think again!

  1. Social gatherings of more than six banned as cases soar

The steep rise in coronavirus cases means people in England will no longer be allowed to gather in groups of more than six people. Downing Street said the new law, which comes into force on Monday, 14th will stop larger groups meeting indoors or outdoors but will not apply to schools, workplaces or Covid-secure weddings and funerals. “We need to act now to stop the virus spreading,” said Boris Johnson.

  1. Oxford vaccine trials paused as participant falls ill

The final phase of clinical trials for the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca has been paused after a participant suffered what may have been an adverse reaction in the UK. AstraZeneca described it as a “routine” step in the case of “an unexplained illness”. The BBC says there had been high hopes that the vaccine might be one of the first to come on the market, following successful phase one and two testing.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

‘Six therapy’

“Safe six,” says Metro as it leads on the government’s ban on social gatherings of more than six people in England. The Daily Mirror goes for related word play, splashing “Six therapy” on its own coverage of the story.

Some papers lead on the government’s admission that it intends to break international law by overriding the withdrawal agreement. “Britannia waives the rules,” says The i Paper.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star blows its own trumpet as it boasts it saved its readers from “devastating” shortages of Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels following a walkout at a biscuit factory. “You jammie gits,” runs its headline.

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“When I first moved to New York, someone who thought they knew more than I did said: ‘You have to always look like you know where you’re going when you get out of the subway.'”

— Maya Rudolph

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…Autumnal.

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

I used to have a job as a pantomime horse but quit while I was a head.

LOVE IS…

Love is…being comfortable together

WHAT IS THERE A SEASON FOR TODAY TURN, TURN, TURN …

A time to smell the roses…A time to count the colours of Autumn

SOMETHING TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT & GRATEFUL FOR IN THE WORLD

I am grateful for all the good music on vinyl I have to listen to.

SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT

Friday Night Dinner is a British television sitcom written by Robert Popper and starring Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal, and Mark Heap. The comedy is focused on the regular dinner experience of the middle-class British Jewish Goodman family every Friday night. The first episode aired on 25 February 2011 on Channel 4. The show received two BAFTA nominations in 2012. The first series was nominated for Best Situation Comedy, while Tamsin Greig was nominated for Best Female Comedy Performance.

TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVEREST CLIMB CHALLENGE

Wednesday 8/9/2020 DAY 157        16 Times – 144 Feet  Cumulative Total 23,409 Feet

 

HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBERS

 

                Country                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              US                          6,328,051              189,680

2              Brazil                    4,162,073              127,464

3              India                     4,370,128              73,890

4              Mexico                 642,860                 68,484

5              UK                         354,932                 41,675

6              Italy                      280,153                 35,563

7              France                   356,309                 30,619

8              Peru                       691,575                 29,976

9              Spain                     534,513                 29,594

10           Iran                       391,112                 22,542

 

Deaths in UK yesterday: 32   Confirmed new cases in UK yesterday: 2460

 

Global cases         Updated 9 Sep at 09:40 local

Confirmed            27,585,096           +328,373

Deaths                   897,685                 +6,377

Recovered             18,541,133           +289,595

 

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