As fall moves in, adapting to the change in weather can be challenging for some of us, causing some people to become ill or fatigued. That's why fall is the perfect time to start a self-care routine.
Maintaining your mental and physical health through regular self-care isn’t selfish. It can help prevent burnout, reduce stress and even stave off illness. So take a minute (or ten) to enjoy some of these autumn self-care activities!
Fall self-care activities
Here are a few ideas to get you started, but we challenge you to come up with at least two to three more on your own. Bonus points for letting us know what they are in the comments section below!
Go hiking in the woods
Cooler temperatures and changing foliage make now a great time of year to take a hike. Use this map to find the peak time for foliage changes in your area.
Research shows physical activity is great for self-care because it stimulates chemicals in your brain that make you feel happier and relaxed. It can also help alleviate symptoms of depression or anxiety.
Play in the leaves
If you have to rake the leaves, you might as well connect with your inner child by playing in them! Get your kids in on the fun and snap a few photos to remember the moment. Feeling like a kid again is sure to release some of those feel-good endorphins in your brain.
Get creative with local foods
Picking out your own apples or pumpkins to eat or carve gives you a few ways to be creative while eating seasonal, local food. After you pick them, try making an apple or pumpkin-based recipe you’ve never attempted — think apple crumble, pumpkin soup, pumpkin ice cream and more!
Turn pumpkin carving into an art form by recreating characters or scenes from your favorite Halloween movie or TV show. If you love Stranger Things, how about carving an image of Vecna? Prefer the classics and don't want to scare your kids? How about Casper? Here are some additional carving ideas. If knives are a bad idea in your household, try painting your pumpkin or adding stickers instead!
Clear out the clutter
In her book The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin touts the therapeutic effects of throwing out clutter. An organized living space sends a signal to your brain that your life is in order, thereby reducing stress.
Spring and fall are great times of the year to clear out what you no longer need to make room for all of the delights the new season brings. Putting away your summer clothes and breaking out your favorite sweaters and coziest socks is a simple and instant mood booster.
If you have winter clothes or items you no longer need or use, consider donating the items to those in need.
Decorate your home
Fall decorations can add a colorful zing to your living space. Get festive with decorations that you can reuse at Thanksgiving. (We're big advocates of sustainable practices, after all!) Pumpkins, leaf garlands and some fall artwork can stay up through November.
Try adding a few plants to the mix, too! Orange and yellow Watercolor Orchids are also great fall decorations. Perhaps the most versatile holiday plant is the Anthurium, the longest-blooming plant on earth. This plant sports a deep red reminiscent of fall leaves, and with its lush green leaves, it also works well as Christmas and even Valentine's Day decor. Now that's a bargain!
Fall self-care ideas are endless
There are so many ways to practice self-care in the fall, so treat yourself to one today! Start a care plan and stick to it! What are your favorite self-care activities? They don't have to take lots of time or money. The most important thing is to intentionally carve time out for yourself on a regular basis.