Autumn is a perfect time to commit to taking care of yourself. Keep in mind; self-care is not being selfish. Work, school, family, friends, and other commitments can easily fill up your daily schedule. Yes, finding a moment to yourself in a challenging schedule is difficult.
The truth is self-care helps you maintain a healthy balance between your commitments and personal well-being. Find a way to make self-care a daily habit. If needed, put your self-care into your daily planner.
Self-Care Ideas for Fall
- Rest: Sounds easy, but in a demanding schedule getting enough sleep is difficult. Go to bed early, take an afternoon nap, or sleep in. Getting enough sleep is critical to your health.
- Relax: Spend time doing nothing. Take a long hot bath. Read a book. Curl up under your favorite blanket and watch a movie.
- Stay Hydrated: Dink plenty of water. Try a hot tea or mulled cider. Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption.
- Eat Healthy: Along with staying hydrated, eating healthy is essential for your physical and mental well-being. Go to your local farmer’s market to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables
- Learn to Say No: Extra activities decrease time to yourself. Practice saying no.
- Get Outdoors: Go for a hike. Go on a nature walk. Or just sit outdoors on your lunch break. Being outdoors can improve mental clarity, increase creativity, improve concentration, and raise your Vitamin D intake.
- Get an Exercise Routine: If being outdoors isn’t for you, find a new exercise routine indoors. Ride a stationary bike. Take an exercise class. Learn yoga or other stretching exercise. If you are uncertain where to start, look up beginner’s exercise videos on YouTube.
- Write in a Journal: A journal is a wonderful outlet for your emotions. Record your private thoughts, fears, and feelings about the world around you. Writing can reduce stress.
Remember, self-care takes practice.