Hi friends! I don’t know about you but so many of the world’s current events have left me feeling more drained and stressed than usual. It’s hard to believe and really wrap my head around how much life as we know it has changed because of the pandemic. And, it’s mind boggling that eighteen months into this there is still so much uncertainty. UGH. But today, I don’t want to focus on the things that are largely out of our control. I want to share some self care ideas with you all and talk about the importance of scheduling in and planning for some self care each week.
The list of self care ideas for fall that I share below is just meant to give you some inspiration for taking care of yourself this fall. Personally, this summer I got in a bit of a rut with my self care practices. I still enjoy running, listening to podcasts and doing my nighttime skincare routine, but it just felt like the same old, same old on repeat. I have been thinking a lot about adding in some new forms of self care, and the list below is the result of my brainstorming.
Self Care Ideas to Try This Fall
- Enjoy your morning coffee outside in nature.
- Check out a local fall festival with a friend.
- Bake (pumpkin) cookies.
- Watch your favorite horror movie, or a rom-com, if that’s more your style!
- Meet up with a friend for coffee or drinks.
- Go for a crisp morning walk without your phone!
- Make chili. This taco chili crockpot recipe is my favorite for fall.
- Go apple picking at a nearby orchard.
- Watch a fall sunset.
- Take a warm bath.
- Go on an afternoon hike in the autumn air.
- Jump in a giant pile of leaves.
- Make a budget for the rest of the year. Taking care of your finances is 100% self care!
- Try a new clothing trend.
- Start a new reading goal or join a book club.
- Try a new fall makeup look. Never one to wear a dark lip? Why not spice things up!?
- Cuddle up on the couch with your coziest blanket.
- Carve a pumpkin.
- Visit a farmers market to get seasonal produce.
- Make a bonfire and enjoy with s’mores!
- Donate old summer clothes.
- Revamp your morning routine.
- Try meal prepping for one week.
- Practice 100 days of gratitude.
- Go on a bike ride.
- Try meditating.
- Plan a road trip. If you can’t take one this fall, maybe plan one for next year.
- Get a massage.
- Buy fresh veggies and make a meal from it.
- Try a new recipe.
- Watch a favorite show or movie from childhood.
- Visit a winery or brewery.
- Get up early to watch the sunrise.
- Try a new clean skincare product.
- Treat yourself to a fall inspired manicure.
- Get a facial or massage.
- Volunteer for a local nonprofit organization.
- Try a craft like knitting or needlepoint.
- Get a new houseplant. And, if you are me, try not to kill it! 😉
- Add some fall decor to your home.
- Fill one trash bag (or more!) with clutter in your home
- Visit your local library to check out a book.
- Go thrift shopping.
- Start a yoga routine.
- Sell something in your home that you haven’t used in the past year.
- Eliminate one bad food from your diet.
- Reorganize your workspace.
- Finish a puzzle.
My Self Care Plan for this Fall
The first self care idea I shared is one that I plan to get back to this fall. Last year, when I was waiting on Liam’s arrival and when he was a newborn, almost every morning I would go outside with my hot cup of coffee, listen to the birds sing and watch the leaves fall. The crisp cool air felt amazing and it was such a calming way to start the day. Mornings now are more stressful, trying to get out the door for daycare, but I’m hoping to carve some time out to do this once or twice a week.
In addition to that, I’m going to pick a few more self care ideas from the list I created. It’s probably not surprising, but I haven’t decided yet which ones I want to do!
I know the idea of self care is a little different for everyone, but ultimately I think it is the act of doing something good for yourself. If you want to do something new for yourself or do something for yourself that you haven’t done in a long time, I really encourage you to choose something this fall. Add it to your calendar and do what you need to do to schedule self care into your life. It may seem silly, but these days self care makes such a difference in my mindset. It is important. Scheduling self care or adding self care to your to do list is an act of self care in itself. After all, it is an acknowledgment that caring for yourself matters. I hope you all remember that this fall.
If you have other self care ideas for this fall, I would love to hear all about them.
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