Six reasons not to hate summer being over: the sites to log onto now.

Yup, the leaves are turning brown and they are starting to fall. Weighed down by their book-bags, your happy, feral children have been packed off to school. There’s a chill in the air. The nights are drawing in. Cocktails and plates of calamari are almost forgotten. Don’t despair, though, summer will roll around again. In the meantime, we’ve come up with six reasons why you needn’t hate the fact that it’s over.

1. If the kids are back at school that means more time for you
Make the most of it by carving out the space in which to meditate. Experts agree that meditation is beneficial for our overall health and wellbeing, centring us, lowering our blood pressure and alleviating depression. Even beginners will love Headspace, the wildly popular guided mediation app. And breathe…
www.headspace.com


2. Get your diet and fitness back on track
You were absolutely right to soak up all of that rose with all of those kettle chips, but now’s a good time pull in the reins. Download Fitbit, the world’s leading app for tracking all-day activity, workouts, calories, weight, etc. (If you also buy a Fitbit tracker, you will get more out of the platform but your iPhone can start tracking the basics without.)
www.fitbit.com


Also, check out @figuremagician on Instagram for healthy recipes and virtuous diet inspiration. After all, the revelry of Christmas will be upon us before we know it.
instagram.com/figuremagician


3. Give your garden some loving
As summer makes way for autumn, our gardens need a different kind of attention – and there is nothing more gratifying than exercising your green fingers. So fold up your deckchairs, pack away your sprinkler and consult the B&Q Gardens app for a comprehensive guide to the plants in your garden and how to care for them.
www.diy.com


4. Autumn does cosiness like no other season
There is joy to be had in embracing the change and hunkering down at home. Of course, nestling in requires fur throws, flickering candles and plenty of new scatter cushions. Head straight to the sites of high-street stores like H&M, Zara and French Connection for new A/W collections and brilliant, affordable and on-trend home-wares.
www.zarahome.com


5. You deserve back-to-school stationery, too
Why should the kids have all the fun? If you have to tackle that September to-do list, you’ll be a lot happier doing it with some stunning new stationary in your clutches. Kit yourself out with an array of pleasing pens, notebooks and correspondence cards from the stationary section at Liberty London, the glorious website of the time-honoured department store.
www.libertylondon.com


6. It’s actually time to plan another holiday
Everyone knows that the best way to get over post-holiday blues is to book another holiday. Paris for half term? Sri Lanka for the Christmas break? Just 10 minutes spent plotting and dreaming at the award-winning Conde Nast Traveller, with its beautiful photography and enticing destination guides, will send your spirits soaring.
www.cntraveler.com


September 2017