As the seasons change, the days get shorter and the nights get cooler. You may enjoy this if you like to sleep with the windows open on cooler nights as I do! Fall can also be a challenging time as many people experience changes in mood, appetite, energy levels, and sleep. Fall self-care can be a great way to supercharge our bodies, minds and spirits as we march toward winter.
Simple self-care habits and practices can help us stay healthy, cope with these changes, improve our moods, and even strengthen our immune systems.
Here are some fall self-care ideas for you to consider and experiment with:
1. Make a batch of your favourite fall cookies or snacks.
Doesn’t the smell of baked goods just fill your home with comfort and warmth? Seasonal fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, pumpkins, and squash are delicious, nutrient-dense options for this time of harvest. A nutrient-dense diet can help boost your energy levels and your immune system as we head into winter.
You might enjoy some of these delicious fall-inspired recipes:
- Chewy Pumpkin Spice Oat Bars
- Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls (gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, vegan)
- Citrus-Ginger Squash Spread
- Hearty Wild Rice, Butternut Squash & Turkey Soup
2. Take a hot bath or shower with essential oils.
The heat and steam will help you relax, and the essential oils will add some beautiful olfactory benefits. Consider essential oils like lavender, citrus, or jasmine, which have been studied for their benefits on the nervous system.
3. Go for a hike in the woods.
The cooler weather can make it tempting to stay inside all day. But is there anything more enjoyable than a hike through the changing leaves of the forest on a crisp, bug-free day? The fresh air and scenery will help you clear your head and de-stress!
If you’re not a fan of forest bathing, focus on finding another outdoor activity you DO enjoy.
Take a walk in the park, go for a cold dip, or simply sit in your backyard and enjoy the fresh air. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood, and boost creativity.
As the light dwindles, we want to take advantage of any and all opportunities to get extra vitamin D to support our mood, energy and immune systems heading into winter.
4. Start journalling your thoughts and feelings.
Find a lovely journal or keepsake diary and start pouring your heart out. We can often say things in our diaries that we would never admit to say to another person. Writing can help you process your emotions and gain a better understanding of yourself.
Looking for some journaling prompts or ideas? Try my “A Look Ahead” New Year Visioning Exercise.
5. Listen to calming music.
Music can be a powerful tool for relaxation and stress relief. Lately, I have been really loving listening to Solfeggio frequencies or tones in the background while I’m working, cooking, or meditating.
If you haven’t heard of Solfeggio frequencies, or the tremendous physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health benefits they can offer, check out my FREE sound healing guide: 5 Ways to Harness the Power of Sound to Engineer, Energize and Empower Your Day.
6. Spend time with loved ones.
The fall offers many opportunities to celebrate the holidays and spend time connecting with the people you care about. Spending time with loved ones can help you feel loved, supported and cared for.
7. Give back to others.
Helping others is a great way to feel good about yourself and connect with your community. Maybe you’d like to volunteer your time at your children’s school. You may also like to enjoy spending a holiday helping out at a local soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, or an animal shelter. At the same, expressing gratitude for all that we have is another simple self-care habit to adopt as much as we can.
And if you can combine this tip with tip #6, all the better!
8. Make it a priority to get enough high-quality sleep.
The shorter days of fall can sometimes make it difficult to get enough sleep. Self-care practices like creating a relaxing bedtime routine and avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed can help make a good night’s sleep possible.
You want to aim for a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep per night. And if you have any kind of a hormonal problem or disorder, you will likely need a LOT more sleep than that. The body’s thyroid and adrenals are both heavily affected by its sleep cycles and a chronic lack of sleep can be very harmful to our overall health and well-being.
For more tips on getting the best sleep possible, check out my blog post on How to Sleep Better: 6 Top Tips to Help You Sleep Soundly Tonight (and every night!)
9. Regularly unplug from technology.
If sleep is a problem, there may also be a problem with technology use. This is especially true if you’re using electronic devices late into the evening. Instead of sitting on the couch and doom-scrolling, try:
- Going for a walk without your phone.
- Reading a favourite book or magazine.
- Spending time with your family and friends without distractions.
Blue-blocking glasses can be helpful, but just as important is unplugging from technology later in the day and evening.
10. Get inspired.
And finally, if you’re feeling BLAH about the weather, get creative!
Take a painting class, do some writing, or maybe try your hand at photography. Borrow some books from the library on a topic or personal interest you’ve been curious to explore. Expressing your creativity can be a great way to relax and de-stress!
Here are some BONUS tips for making your fall self-care a priority:
- Set aside time each day for self-care. Even if it’s just 10 minutes, make sure to do something that makes you feel good.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask a friend, family member, or therapist for support.
- Be patient with yourself. It takes time to develop healthy self-care habits. Don’t get discouraged if you slip up sometimes. Just try again.
There are many different ways to practice self-care and these are just a few fall self-care habits to try! Find what works best for you and make self-care a priority in your life, especially during the fall.
What’s your favourite way to give yourself some extra self-care love as fall begins?
Life is a plate… Eat up!