This is all about having the healthiest Autumn possible, and that includes taking care of your emotional and mental health. This brings us to discussing the importance of self-care.
You probably know a little about self-care, including the fact that it helps you to take better care of yourself and focus on what your own needs are.
If you find that you are falling behind on self-care in the fall, here are some tips to help you get back on track and really focus on your own health and wellbeing.
Types of Self-Care Activities
Self-care in the fall is all about doing more things for yourself and making sure to plan for time alone. This is when you do activities, whether hobbies or relaxation activities, all for you.
There are a wide range of activities in the fall and other times of the year, but for this season, here are some of the best to start with:
Taking a hot bubble bath – When the weather gets cooler, bath season officially begins. Get into a bath with essential oils or aromatherapy bubble bath, listen to some music, and really indulge in the relaxation.
Using a journal or planner – We will go into this more in the next section, but self-care can also be about becoming more organized and putting all your thoughts on paper. Get into a daily routine of using your planner and/or journal.
Trying a creative activity – There are many creative activities that allow you a few minutes of quiet time each day where you can just focus on your skills. This might be writing (in a journal or otherwise), painting, knitting, crocheting, drawing, and so much more. It is also a great time to try something new.
Spending time outdoors – Don’t forget that self-care is not always being indoors and indulging yourself in quiet time. You might also want to go outside for your self-care practice, whether this means going on a relaxing walk, or sitting at a nearby lake or beach.
Meditate – Meditating or practicing mindfulness can also be great for your mind and body. You will relax and try to clear your mind during a meditative practice, so this require a good deal of quiet in your home.
Using a Fall Journal or Planner
For self-care, it is all about doing something just for you, but sometimes the activity helps with other facets of your life as well. This is where the journal and planner routine comes in. Using a journal and/or planner can turn into your daily morning or nighttime routine, but you can add in other self-care activities to this as well.
Using a Planner
A daily planner is an excellent tool when you want to become more organized and reduce stress. Add this to your daily self-care routine as a way to stay on top of things so you don’t have all the added stress later of missing an appointment or special task to be completed on a certain date.
Using a Journal
With a journal, it is more about writing down your thoughts and feelings. You can use it as a way to express gratitude, write about your day, figure out anxiety triggers, or just vent and express yourself without having to worry about the consequences.
Journaling is a wonderful tool for your personal growth and development, mental health, and finding clarity.
Adjusting Your Daily Routine
With these self-care activities in mind, you can think of ways to adjust your daily routine. This might be in the morning or at night – whatever time of day you find is easiest for you to relax and unwind.