Self care is something that women should participate in every day, throughout the year. However, it is especially nice to switch up your routine, especially when the seasons change. And if you live in a warm climate like I do, switching up your routine to add some fun fall self care ideas can help bring some much needed change to an endless summer.
One major reason you might want to change up your self care routine in the fall is due to seasonal weather changes. During the summer, you probably spent more time doing things outside. But in the fall, when the days grow shorter and the weather starts getting cooler, you might want to seek out cozy indoor activities like cuddling on the sofa, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for your home and fall cooking.
You might also find that during this time of year, you simply prefer other types of activities. Perhaps you did a lot of yoga over the summer, but for the fall you want to go on more hikes or have evening strolls with the family, have some hot chocolate in the evening while writing in your journal or just baking with your kids.
Did you have tasks or goals you wanted to complete over the summer that didn’t get done? Take another look at these tasks and consider if you can get them done during the fall. If you use a planner or journal, take a look at what your summer goals were, and move them up to the fall.
As the days grow shorter, seasonal depression (SAD) is very common. A good self care practice will help to keep your spirits up and improve your overall mental health and leaving you less susceptible to depression.
One of the best things you can do for your mental health is to get outside and enjoy nature. If you’ve been sitting inside doomsday scrolling or spending too much time on social media, delete your social apps and go outside for a change of scenery and to clear your head.
Look Local Festivals or Fairs. Look around for any local festivals, fairs, or carnivals in the fall. These typically include activities like hay rides, bobbing for apples, or corn mazes. You might find one with harvest rides or even hot air balloon rides for your family or friends. Fall festivals can be a fun way to get outside and enjoy the fall season with people you love the most.
Apple picking. If you live in the north, see if you can find an apple orchard. It’s a timeless activity to enjoy with your family or friends. Many times it can be combined with a fun little road trip out of town.
Visit a pumpkin patch. Instead of buying your pumpkin at a grocery store, go visit a pumpkin patch. Many cities and towns have big pumpkin patches where you can walk around and look at all the various sizes and shapes of pumpkins to pick out your favorite one. Many times there will be more variety than you’ll find at the supermarket. And it’s also a great opportunity to take fun pictures with your family and friends.
Go on a Fall Hike. Walking and hiking will allow you to fully enjoy crisp fall days and notice the seasonal changes in your area and collect fall leaves. At the same time, you’ll get your blood pumping, reduce stress and just have fun with your family, friends, or by yourself.
Gratitude in Your Attitude
Practicing daily gratitude is an excellent way to practice self care in the fall. A grateful heart is so beneficial for both your mental and physical health. It will help you to exude positivity, help others to feel better about themselves and puts you in a better state of mind.
Gratitude Journaling. The time honored way of expressing gratitude during the fall season is by writing about it in your journal. If you’re already journaling, it can be as simple as a sentence or two in your daily journal entry about what you are grateful for today. Or you might want to start a separate gratitude journal, which is completely focused on gratitude.
Write in Your Planner. If you don’t love journaling, use your planner to jot down a few things that you’re grateful for. Most planners have room for extra notes. Just write down one thing you’re grateful for each day to help you focus on what’s good in your life, instead of dwelling on the negative.
Try Gratitude Mantras. Another way to do this is to write down some gratitude mantras and practice using them every day. You might want to write them on sticky notes, write them in your journal, use as a screensaver or jot them down in a notebook for you to refer to when you need a reminder.
Savor the Cozy Nights
Whether due to cold weather, quarantine or sickness, try embracing those times when you’re homebound. Get cozy on your couch with a some crocheting, a good book, your journal, or watch a movie. There are a lot of holiday movies on this time of year, but it is also a
wonderful time to look through your DVR collection and catch up with shows that you’ve missed.
Sit by a Fireplace or Bonfire. There is nothing cozier than sitting in front of a fireplace. You can just sit and enjoy the fire, or turn on a movie or some music at low volume and enjoy the atmosphere. This is a wonderful way to ground yourself, whether you’re alone or with your family.
Spend Extra Time in the Kitchen. More time indoors means more time you have to spend in the kitchen. That might mean making a big meal for your family, trying out some new recipes or meal prepping. Think of it as a creative outlet and have fun.
Have a Friend Over. Getting together with your friends is a great way to get out of the doldrums and give your mental health a boost. Organize a dinner buffet, movie or game night and invite your friends over.
If you have been reading about how to become cozy during fall and winter while practicing self care, you’ve probably come across the term hygge. Pronounced hoo-gah, hygge is a practice that Danish people do in order to enjoy more in their life. Hygge is about creating a comfortable, cozy environment enabling you to relax and live a more simple and positive life. Here’s a few easy ways to practice hygge during the fall.
Create a Comforting Environment. Hygge is all about being happy, comfy, and positive. Start with easy decorating ideas. This is a great time to switch out your bright summer decorations for warm fall decorations. Look for colors like red, yellow, orange and brown, which create a warm and cozy environment. Have lots of throw pillows and soft blanketson your sofas and chairs, add soft rugs to the ground. Bring in candles or use your fireplace when it gets cold.
Cook More Comfort Food. Fall is a wonderful time for cooking and baking, especially when it comes to your favorite comfort foods. You’ll want to start baking cookies and pies with fall spices like cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Or you might prefer cooking more savory foods that are comfort foods, such as pasta, meatballs or a comforting soup. What were some of the foods you enjoyed as a child? Try recreating some of those recipes and introduce them to your family and friends.
Add Softer Lighting. If you have bright lightbulbs in your home, now is a good time to remove them and opt for softer lights instead. Or you could just replace your lamps as you have easy access to them. This will allow you to shut off other lights and just turn on the softer lights in the evening when practicing hygge during the fall.
Create a Fall Bucket List. When creating your fall bucket list, think about what you enjoy doing during the fall season, or maybe what you’ve always wanted to do, but never got around to. Maybe there is an apple festival near you, or you’d like to go apple picking. You might also enjoy activities like going on a hayride, picking out a pumpkin at a pumpkin patch or trying some new fall crafts. List anything and everything you would want to do, and cross them off one by one.
Boost Your Immune System
As the fall season approaches, so does Halloween, fall festivals and other occasions where sugary treats are in abundance. Combine that with more time spent indoors with no physical exercise and you have a recipe for a lowered immune system. Sugar can play havoc with your immune system. A low carb diet can benefit just about anyone. Try out some recipes made with ingredients like almond flour, coconut flour and honey. It’s entirely possible to enjoy the fall and holiday season without compromising your physical and emotional health.
Adding fall superfoods is a great way to boost your immune system which should be part of your self care routine. Think beyond salmon and kale. There are so many fall superfoods to consider that are loaded with vitamins and minerals such as butternut squash, pumpkin, apples, cauliflower, root vegetables, broccoli and sweet potatoes. Try planning your meals around these nutritious vegetables to give your physical health a boost.
Switch Up Your Beauty Routine
As you begin improving your self-care this fall season, don’t forget about your beauty routine, including how you take care of your skin and hair. It is good to switch up your daily beauty routine every time a new season begins, as this allows you to work with the changes in the weather and environment. Here are some simple ways to customize your beauty routine for the fall season.
Hydrate. The first thing you should do in the fall when you want healthy skin and hair is to drink as much water as you can. Try to keep drinking the same amount of water as you would during the hotter months. Try to remind yourself to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, though you might need more depending on the day. Herbal tea and broth count as water too.
Adjust your skincare routine. Masks are definitely your friend in the fall season. During the fall, the temperature and climate changes can be hard on your skin. Depending on where you live, this might mean cooler temperatures, a lot of rain and humidity, or just dry air that is freaking havoc on your skin. Try some fall-inspired masks like ones with pumpkin, pomegranate, or cranberry. They smell like fall and really get you into the spirit of the season, give your complexion a boost and help you to feel pampered and cared for. Consider what adjustments need to be done to your daily skin care routine. You might have used more deep cleaning cleansers during the summer to take care of your skin, if the climate gets dry where you live, you might want to look for products that are rich and hydrating.
Try a New Fall Morning Ritual
Cool fall mornings beckon a change in your morning routine. Starting the day off on a good note will improve your physical and mental health as well as set the tone for a more focused and productive day.
Morning workouts. One of the best ways to start your day is with a workout. One size does not fit all. Consider your energy levels as well as your overall health and fitness. Don’t just plunge into punishing workouts, that will deplete your immune system. Try a gentle yoga sequence or take a walk outside. If the weather’s bad, look at YouTube for cardio walks that you can do right in your house.
Use your planner. Planning out your life, or at least your day, can also be really useful as part of your morning routine and reducing daily stress. Setting achievable, realistic goals will make a positive impact on your life. Every day, sit down in the morning, set your priorities and make any notes or to-do lists that should be included.