Start Over In September 2023

Life has a way of throwing curveballs, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, drained, and in need of a fresh start. Whether it's the weight of past mistakes, the burden of stress, or simply a yearning for change, starting over can be a powerful tool for improving our mental health. In this blog, we'll explore the concept of starting over and how it can contribute to our overall well-being and in particular, for those of us over the age of 50.

1. Letting Go of the Past

One of the most significant aspects of starting over is the opportunity to let go of feelings we have accumulated in the past. Holding onto regrets, grudges, or painful memories can be a heavy burden on our mental health. Starting anew allows we to release these negative emotions and embrace the possibility of a brighter future. Remember, the past does not have to define us, but our actions in the present can most certainly shape our future.

2. Reevaluating Priorities

Starting over often involves a period of reflection and introspection. It's a chance to reevaluate our priorities and determine what truly matters to us. By reassessing our goals and values, we can make decisions that align more closely with our authentic self, leading to greater contentment and mental well-being.

3. Embracing Change

Change can be both exciting and intimidating. However, it's essential to remember that change is a natural part of life. Embrace it as an opportunity for personal growth and development. Stepping out of our comfort zone and into the unknown can be invigorating, although a frightening though however, this bold act offers new perspectives and new experiences that contribute to improved mental health, the creation of fresh experiences and memories.

4. Setting Realistic Goals

Be gentle with yourself this month!

Starting over doesn't mean completely abandoning our past life. It's about making intentional choices to create a better future. Setting realistic, achievable goals is crucial during this process. These goals can be small, daily tasks or more significant life changes, but they should be manageable and aligned with our values and aspirations.

5. Seeking Support

Embarking on a journey of starting over doesn't mean we have to go it alone. Reach out to friends, family, or a mental health professional for support. Sharing our thoughts and feelings with others can provide valuable insights, guidance, and emotional assistance during this transformative period.

6. Practicing Self-Care

Prioritising our self-care is essential when starting over for mental health. Dedicate time to activities that nourish our mind, body, and soul. This might include meditation, exercise, journaling, or pursuing hobbies that bring us joy. Self-care enables us to stay grounded and resilient as we navigate the challenges of a fresh start. Try this intention action for this month and reflect on the benefits gained.

7. Cultivating Resilience

Starting over may come with setbacks and obstacles, but these challenges are opportunities to build resilience. Instead of seeing them as failures, view them as valuable lessons that contribute to our personal growth. Resilience enables we to bounce back from adversity and maintain our mental well-being in the face of adversity.


Starting over is not about erasing our past; it's about creating a new beginning that aligns with our true self and promotes mental health and well-being. Embrace the opportunity to let go of the past, reevaluate our priorities, and cultivate resilience. Seek support when needed, and remember that change is a natural part of life. With determination and a positive outlook, we can embark on a journey towards improved mental health and a brighter future.

View this month of September 2023 as a template for new beginnings and we can start over every day, every hour or even every minute. Improved and honest relationships benefit us personally, those around us and society as a whole so never give up as - ‘you deserve joy’.

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