Self-Care Tips for Autumn

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.

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Self-Care Ideas for Fall

  1. 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.
  2. Relax: Spend time doing nothing. Take a long hot bath. Read a book. Curl up under your favorite blanket and watch a movie.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Dink plenty of water. Try a hot tea or mulled cider. Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption.
  4. 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
  5. Learn to Say No: Extra activities decrease time to yourself. Practice saying no.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Self-Care Ideas for August

Work schedules, family, and other commitments fill up your day quickly. Stepping back to take care of yourself is a necessity for your overall well-being. Do you need self-care ideas for August? Check out the following list.

  1. Plan healthier meals. Consider going to your local farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables.
  2. Commit to drinking 8 glasses of water a day.
  3. Go to bed early.
  4. Get some sun.
  5. Practice saying no.
  6. Try a new exercise routine.
  7. Pray or meditate daily.
  8. Create a vision board.
  9. Join a support group or a church group.
  10. Take a mental healthy day a do nothing.
  11. Sip hot tea or coffee while watching the sunrise.
  12. Get a new hair style.
  13. Unplug from your devices for a day.
  14. Avoid negativity. Try to maintain a positive outlook.
  15. Call an old friend to chat.
  16. Create a summer scrapbook.
  17. Go hiking.
  18. Go for walks.
  19. Try a new local restaurant.
  20. Buy yourself something. Consider shopping on Etsy.
  21. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  22. Go out for ice cream.
  23. Go for a bike ride.
  24. Binge-watch your favorite series.
  25. Dim the lights, safely light candles, and listen to your favorite music.
  26. Take a long afternoon nap.
  27. Take a class, seminar, or attend a conference.
  28. Deep clean your living space.
  29. Volunteer.
  30. Keep a journal.
  31. Your choice. The only stipulation, the activity must be for you.

Self-Care Ideas for April

Are you engaging in self-care? Taking time out for yourself is essential for your emotional and physical well-being. Check out the following for ideas to help you engage in self-care.

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  1. Get Outdoors! Spring is here. The weather is improving. Go for a walk, go for a hike, or simply sit under a tree at lunch time.
  2. Buy yourself flowers. Or plant a few flowers in a pot.
  3. Deep clean your entire living space.
  4. Happy Easter! Eat the chocolate bunny.
  5. Take an afternoon nap.
  6. Practice saying “no” to extra work.
  7. Call or zoom a friend.
  8. Order take-out from your favorite restaurant.
  9. Turn the music up and sing along.
  10. Listen to an audio book.
  11. Go for a Sunday drive.
  12. Go on a picnic.
  13. Write in a journal.
  14. Learn a new craft.
  15. Take a virtual tour of a foreign destination.
  16. Write letters.
  17. Take a long hot bubble bath.
  18. Hang lavender from your shower head. Then take a long hot shower. The smell is amazing.
  19. Pray or meditate. (YouTube has excellent choices of music for meditation),
  20. Print photos off your phone and create a scrapbook.
  21. Binge-watch your favorite series.
  22.  Try a new dessert recipe. Or stop by your local bakery for a treat.
  23. Stay hydrated. Add fruit to sparkling water for a tasty treat.
  24. Volunteer as a dog walker at your local animal shelter or rescue.
  25. Cuddle under a cozy blanket and just relax.
  26. Get a new haircut. Or try a new hair color.
  27. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  28. Draw or paint.
  29. Create a mood board.
  30. Make bucket lists, one local destinations and the other for grander plans.

Self-Care for March

Self-care is critical to your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Do not hesitate to take time to nurture and care for yourself. Do you need some self-care ideas? Check out the following ideas.

  1. Get outdoors! Walk around the block, go on a nature walk, or go for a hike.
  2. Eat regular balanced meals (when possible)
  3. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water.
  4. Before taking a long, warm shower, hang lavender in your shower. The smell will relax you.
  5. Keep a journal.
  6. Watch YouTube videos. (Cute animals or marriage proposals are always a good choice).
  7. Order takeout from someplace new.
  8. Draw (Stick figures count)
  9. Start a blog.
  10. Learn a new skill. From an instructional YouTube video to online classes, find something new to try.
  11. Take photos.
  12. Play a game.
  13. Binge-watch a new series.
  14. Pray or meditate.
  15. Take yourself out for lunch. (Yes, a drive-thru counts)
  16. Paint rocks to hide around your community.
  17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
  18. Do Yoga
  19. Do a craft.
  20. Celebrate the Spring Equinox (Buy yourself flowers).
  21. Create a vision board.
  22. Volunteer or donate unused clothing to a local shelter.
  23. Eat at a local mom-and-pop restaurant.
  24. Call an old friend.
  25. Do something for someone else; small gestures have a large impact.
  26. Color (Adult coloring books are available).
  27. Treat yourself to an in-home spa treatment.
  28. Do nothing for an entire day.
  29. Learn to say “no.”
  30. Create a local bucket list.
  31. Write a grateful list.

Self-Care Ideas for February

Between the winter months and the pandemic, self-care is essential for your physical and mental health. Even though your schedule may be chaotic at times, focusing on yourself will help alleviate stress. Try to set aside a little time every day just for you. Do you need some ideas for self-care? Check out the following list for self-care ideas for February.

  1. Stay hydrated at all times, drink plenty of liquids, especially water.
  2. Call (not text) a friend just to chat.
  3. Take a long warm bubble bath on a cold wintry evening.
  4. Go on a nature walk.
  5. Write in a journal.
  6. Write letters or send out homemade cards.
  7. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  8. Drink a warm beverage, herbal tea, or hot cocoa with marshmallows.
  9. Binge-watch a series of movies or your favorite television show.
  10. Meditate or pray.
  11. Listen to soft music while wearing headphones to tune out the world around you.
  12. Turn down the lights, light candles, or use flameless ones.
  13. Buy yourself flowers.
  14. Happy Valentine’s Day! Eat the chocolates.
  15. Go for a hike. Even if you are just starting, many trails are for beginners.
  16. Get take-out from somewhere new.
  17. Feed the wild birds, just to be outdoors for a few minutes.
  18. Do you have snow? Make a snow angel or build a snowman.
  19. Try a new workout regiment.
  20. Watch the sunrise or sunset without any interruptions. Put your phone on silent just for a short time.
  21. Take a nap.
  22. Try a new dessert recipe.
  23. Skip social media for a day.
  24. Do something for someone else.
  25. Get outdoors and take photos.
  26. Get crafty. Dollar stores have inexpensive crafting supplies to get you started.
  27. Try something new.

Self-Care Ideas for January

Self-care is essential for your physical and mental health. The winter months, social distancing, and other stressors make self-care a priority. Check out the following list of self-care ideas for January.

  1. New Year’s Day! Time to relax and count your blessings.
  2. Take a long nap or sleep in.
  3. Stay hydrated. Winter months are a perfect time to try herbal teas or other hot beverages.
  4. Indulge with a long hot shower or a bubble bath.
  5. Go on a nature walk.
  6. Write in a journal.
  7. Call a friend or your grandma.
  8. Write letters or thank you notes for holiday gifts.
  9. Go for a drive.
  10. Listen to loud music.
  11. Start or return to your exercise routine.
  12. Organize a portion of your living space.
  13. Meditate or pray.
  14. Get crafty.
  15. Spend an afternoon with a good book.
  16. Bring out your inner child and color in coloring books. Some of the adult versions are very interesting.
  17. Build a snowman.
  18. Go outdoors and take photos.
  19. Splurge and order pizza to go.
  20. Unplug from your electronic devices for an hour, an afternoon, or the entire day.
  21. Do a random act of kindness.
  22. Try a new recipe.
  23. Eat your favorite food.
  24. Buy yourself something. Warm, fuzzy socks are perfect for cold winter days.
  25. Make a playlist for quiet moments or bedtime listening.
  26. Binge-watch your favorite series.
  27. Drink hot cocoa with lots of marshmallows or whipped cream.
  28. Pamper yourself with an in-home spa day.
  29. Make a fruit smoothie.
  30. Create a vision board.
  31. Watch the sunrise or sunset.

Self-Care Ideas for October

October brings colder weather, longer nights, and Halloween. Focusing on yourself is essential for your health and well-being. Do you need some self-care ideas for October? Check out the following for inspiration.

  1. Get plenty of sleep, take a nap or sleep in when possible.
  2. Drink lots of fluids-water, tea, and maybe even a tall glass of apple cider.
  3. Buy yourself something new. (Yes, a dollar store Halloween figurine counts.)
  4. Take an extra-long hot shower or soak in a warm, bubble bath.
  5. Call a friend.
  6. Order take out from your favorite restaurant.
  7. Go for a walk to view the Halloween decorations in your community.
  8. Work out to a beginner’s video on YouTube.
  9. Unplug from social media for an hour, six hours, or an entire day.
  10. Grab your favorite fuzzy blanket and spend your Saturday reading a book.
  11. Write letters or send out Halloween cards with notes inside.
  12. Binge-watch Halloween shows.
  13. Go hiking
  14. Cook your favorite meal.
  15. Do Halloween themed crafts.
  16. Sip a warm beverage while stargazing.
  17. Use relaxing music to meditate or pray.
  18. Visit your local pumpkin patch. Carve and display your pumpkin.
  19. Give yourself a spa day-soak your feet, paint your nails, and apply a facial.
  20. Make a Halloween-themed playlist.
  21. Try a new food.
  22. Take a virtual tour.
  23. Keep a journal or diary.
  24. Go for a long drive and play the music loud.
  25. Take an online course. (There are numerous free courses or seminars available.)
  26. Eat your favorite soup on a cold autumn day.
  27. Take your dog for an extra-long walk. If you don’t have a dog, volunteer to be a dog walker at your local shelter or rescue.
  28. Paint or draw a Halloween scene.
  29. Declutter a room, closet, or a junk drawer.
  30. Try pumpkin-related food or beverage.
  31. Happy Halloween! Give yourself a treat.

Self-Care Ideas for September

Welcome to September! The nights are bringing cooler temperatures. The chill in the air ushers in beautiful autumn colors. School, virtual or in-person, is starting. Schedules quickly fill up your day. But, taking time for yourself is essential for your well-being. Do you need some inspiration for self-care?

30 Days of Self-Care for September

  1. Buy a new journal and make entries every day.
  2. Watch the sunrise or sunset.
  3. Go hiking
  4. Read a book outside of your normal genre.
  5. Make a fall bucket list or a dream bucket list.
  6. Spend a day or afternoon doing nothing, just relax.
  7. Happy Labor Day! (USA) Find time just for yourself.
  8. Binge-watch a new series.
  9. Go for a nature walk.
  10. Do crafts
  11. Get extra sleep.
  12. Treat yourself to in home spay day.
  13. Go on a virtual tour.
  14. Spend time meditating or praying.
  15. Take a long hot bubble bath or shower
  16. Call an old friend.
  17. Make your favorite recipe or try a new one.
  18. Splurge and order take out.
  19. Watch YouTube videos. Check out gender reveals, marriage proposals, surprise military homecoming, or pets.
  20. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water or make a tall glass of ice tea.
  21. Turn up the music. Sing along to your favorite tunes or dance.
  22. Autumn begins. Get outdoors and view the colorful fall foliage.
  23. Declutter a room or closet. Or simply clean off the top of your desk.
  24. Find a new food to try, a different type of fruit or candy bar.
  25. Buy yourself flowers.
  26. Make yourself a warm beverage on a cool night.
  27. Go on a Sunday drive.
  28. Print out your photos on your phone and make a scrapbook.
  29. Get dressed up for no reason or stay in pajamas all day.
  30. Practice yoga or other light stretching exercises. (YouTube has number beginner videos).

Have fun and enjoy September!

September Journal Prompt Questions

September brings about the end of summer and the start of the fall season. Your children have either already started school or preparing to return within the week. Finding quiet moments to reflect should be a priority. Do you need some journal inspiration for September?

Journal Prompt Questions for September

  1. What are your goals for September? Go into detail. Write about your personal, work, and family goals for the month.
  2. What does Labor Day mean to you? Are planning on celebrating the day?
  3. Did you like school? Why or why not?
  4. What was your favorite memory of the first day of school? How did your memory compare to your children’s first day?
  5. Who was your favorite teacher in grade school? Junior high? High school? Why did these teachers make a lasting impression?
  6. What was your favorite subject in school? What made you interested in this particular subject? Do you still find the subject interesting today?
  7. Who were your best friends in grade school, junior high, and high school? Did you remain friends with any of them after school was out?
  8. What was your favorite sport or extracurricular activity? What did you enjoy the post about the activity?
  9. If you could go back to high school, what would you do differently? Why?
  10. Did you go to your senior prom? Write the details of the night?
  11. What school activities are your children participating in? What do you like about their choices?
  12. How would you describe yourself in school? How does the description compare with who you are today?
  13. What project would you like to start for the fall season?
  14. Write about your normal daily routine.
  15. Write 5 facts about yourself, your husband (or significant other), your children, parents, and grandparents. Go into detail. Why are these facts important to you?
  16. How would you describe your current lifestyle? Are there any changes you would like to implement? Why?
  17. What is your idea of a romantic evening? When was the last time you had a romantic evening?
  18. List 10 things you would like to change in your household.
  19. What funny story or moment did you and children share today?
  20. What would you like to accomplish over the weekend? Do you want to spend more time with your family? Go out to dinner? Have a movie night? What steps do you need to take to make one these happen?
  21. What is your favorite song? Why is this particular song important to you?
  22. Describe a recent accomplishment? How do you feel?
  23. First Day of Autumn: What do you like about the fall season?
  24. List 10 fall activities for you and your family to enjoy.
  25. What childhood memories do you have about fall?
  26. Describe your last family gathering. What was successful? What could you do differently next time?
  27. Write a letter to a past teacher. No, you don’t have to send it.
  28. What changes would you like to see in yourself?
  29. What new recipe or activity would you like to try before 2020?
  30. What would you like to accomplish for the last 4 months of the year?