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It’s the end of August and, for many of us here in the northern hemisphere, the beginning of the end of summer. I don’t know about you, but even though I’ve been out of school and university for years now, September still feels like a time to take stock, start something new, recommit to the things I need to recommit to, and generally regather myself. It’s a great time to do this exercise, revisit your When Life Works list and think about what you could create and experience in the final months of 2017…
10 Questions for you
- What was the theme for your August?
- What is one thing you feel proud about from this month?
- If you could do August again, what would you do differently second time around?
- What did you learn about yourself during August?
- What did you enjoy reading/watching/listening to this month?
- What would make this September your best September yet?
- What is one thing you’re committed to starting in September?
- And one thing you’re committed to stopping?
- Imagine you’re sitting here in a month’s time. How would you like to feel as you look back on September? And what can you do to make that happen?
- Complete this sentence: If I took 5% more responsibility for myself and my wellbeing this month, I would…
Articles of the Month
- Self-love formulas are bulls**t
- What we leave behind
- Why art is vital for our self-care
- 7 science-backed reasons you should spend more time alone
- Silent third-person self-talk facilitates emotional regulation
- Chrysalis time
- How to be patient
Quote of the Month
“Sometimes there is no wrong choice, just many right choices.” – via Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Book of the Month
Against Therapy is an intense read, but worth it if you’re interested in exploring the history and ethical issues inherent in counselling and psychotherapy. Author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, an ex-psychotherapist himself, unpacks various schools of psychotherapy and examines the key philosophies behind them, how they have been used in practice and the big question: do they help in the way they claim to? He also includes some chapters on approaches I’d never heard of before that read more like a disturbing thriller than a non-fiction book. While I didn’t agree with all of his conclusions, I learned a lot reading this book and it left me with much food for thought.
Resource of the Month
This month’s resource is the brilliant Self-Care Toolkit. Created by psychologist Ellen Bard and packed with self-care ideas and topics, this 6-week email course will teach you what you need to know about taking better care of yourself. You’ll also get access to a private Facebook group to help provide additional support during your self-care journey. I’ve seen a couple of great lessons from the course and am looking forward to reinvigorating my self-care practice with Ellen next month!
Registration is open now until 8th September. Becoming Who You Are readers can save 25% off the normal course price using the code “25%Sept17” (without the quotes).
Find out more and register here. (affiliate link)
In case you missed it: on Becoming Who You Are this month
- 3 ways to kick your indecision
- When empathy goes wrong: emotional and identical resonance
- How to practice digital mindfulness and focus on what matters
- 9 pieces of common life advice you should probably ignore
Wishing you a wonderful September!