Focusing on Self-Care During Fall
Is it possible to theme your self-care during fall and any other season for that matter?
Absolutely! I think that adding some seasonal fun to your self-care routine can actually be an amazing way to stay present.
Fall is the season of change, and when the seasons change, so do our moods and habits. Today I want to talk about why it’s SO important to not only talk about but practice self-care during fall.
The #1 reason to focus on self-care during fall is to care for your mind and body leading up to the winter season. Winter is typically when people suffer from seasonal affective disorder the worst, and focusing on self-care early can help ease that.
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Focusing on self-care is a great thing to do all year round, but let’s take a look at my top 7 ways to focus on self-care this fall.
1. Check in with Yourself Daily
Mental health is a day-to-day thing that we all need to pay more attention to.
One perfect way to practice self-care is to check in with yourself each day, especially in the morning.
This could be journaling, meditation, or just asking yourself how you feel that morning.
Rebecca from Minimalism Made Simple has a great checklist to help you learn how to check in with yourself!
2. Try to embrace the season you are in: Autumn
It’s easy to get caught up in prepping for Christmas in the fall, but that can take away from staying present and taking care of your mental health.
Rushing past Autumn, not only takes away the enjoyment of this important season but also, Christmas can be a very stressful time for some of us.
Fall is a beautiful time!
Leaves change, and the lightly chilly weather makes us want to cuddle up under blankets and drink Pumpkin flavored coffee.
I’m just speaking from the heart, but I know there are some of you that get me.
Each season is important, and one way to practice self-care is to stay present in the season you are in.
3. Take time at night for yourself
Creating an evening ritual, especially for fall and winter, can be life-changing.
Taking care of your mind and body after a long day is important because it helps you reset and prepare for the next day.
Taking a bath, reading your favorite book, lighting fall-scented candles and doing yoga…
Whatever sounds relaxing and resetting to you.
4. Staying active is a form of self-care
Staying active is an important way to care for yourself all year long, and getting out in the open crisp air during fall can be so refreshing.
During this season, I really like to spend time stretching or doing yoga outside.
Also, taking walks in the fall can make you forget about your problems for a while.
Take some time to notice the outside around you, the leaves falling from the trees, the squirrels and birds gathering food, and the people around you.
Breathe in the fresh fall air.
5. Treat yourself to seasonal favorites
For me, fall weather means coffee, cookies, and pumpkin bread!
What are your favorite fall treats?
Baking and cooking can be fun forms of self-care.
Cooking for yourself is one very basic and essential way to care for yourself, and making it fun and seasonal is a great way to celebrate the changing seasons.
6. Purchase (or get out) one fall clothing item you love
There are few things that make it feel more like fall than getting out my favorite fall sweaters.
If you don’t have a favorite fall item that you love and that makes you feel cozy, it might be a fun idea to go purchase something new.
This can be a fun way to implement self-care during fall and winter!
7. Decorate in a simple way
This is one way to stay present.
Decorating is not only a common tradition, but it helps us feel the season we are in.
And the best part is, it can be simple!
You don’t have to go all out and become an interior decorator.
Getting a small pumpkin from your grocery store, or lighting some apple or pumpkin scented candles can be enough to make it feel like Autumn inside your home.
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Want even more fun fall self-care ideas? Check out this list of very Hygge fall ideas you can implement now!