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 October

October is a great month to concentrate on self-care. Committing to taking care of yourself is critical to your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Do you need inspiration for October self-care ideas? Check out the following list.

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  1. Make a commitment to take care of yourself. Announce your dedication. Post it on social media. Let everyone know you plan to take time out for yourself.
  2. Eat outside on a fall day to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the fall crisp air.
  3. Read
  4. Take a long hot bath.
  5. Take the time to listen to your favorite podcast. Yes, listen to the whole podcast at one time.
  6. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Try mulled cider or herbal teas.
  7. Create a playlist for fall.
  8. Declutter your living space.
  9. Go stargazing.
  10. Write or draw in a journal.
  11. Volunteer at a local animal shelter or pet rescue.
  12. Listen to inspirational videos. (TedTalk)
  13. Go on a day trip with your besties.
  14. Step away from social media for an afternoon or entire day.
  15. Learn breathing techniques to reduce stress.
  16. Watch the sunrise or sunset.
  17. Learn meditation exercises or guided prayer.
  18. Cook your favorite meal.
  19. Call an old friend to chat. Yes, call not text.
  20. Get outdoors! Go hiking or take a nature walk. Don’t forget your camera.
  21. Create something. Draw, paint, or do a craft.
  22. Get extra sleep.
  23. Buy yourself something.
  24. Go out to the movies.
  25. Treat yourself with in-home spa treatment.
  26. Create a vision board. Use Pinterest. Or go old school and decorate a poster board.
  27. Get a library card to check out new books.
  28. Watch funny videos on YouTube.
  29. Go on a solo date. Take yourself out to dinner.
  30. Light a scented candle.
  31. Happy Halloween! Dress up, act like a kid, pass out candy, or attend a community event.

Enjoy your October!

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30 Self-Care Ideas for September

September brings the start of Autumn, cooler weather, and multiple chances to engage in self-care. Check out the following ideas for self-care in September.

30 Days of Self-Care for September

  1. Commit to Healthier Choices
  2. Go to the Farmer’s Market for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  3. Get Your Annual Physical
  4. Keep a Daily Mood Tracker
  5. Write a Gratitude List
  6. Hike a New Trail
  7. Join a Support Group
  8. Spend Time in Prayer or Meditation
  9. Keep a Journal
  10. Go for a Nature Walk
  11. Spend a Day Doing Nothing
  12. Go to Church
  13. Stay Hydrated (Commit to 8-10 Glasses of Water a Day)
  14. Create a Weekly Fitness Routine
  15. Create a Playlist
  16. Make a Meatless Dinner
  17. Go on a Social Media Detox
  18. Make a Healthy Smoothie
  19. Take a Long Nap
  20. Grab Your Favorite Book, Wrap Up in a Fuzzy Blanket, and Spend an Afternoon Reading
  21. Go to a Fall Community Event
  22. First Official Day of Fall! Get Outdoors!
  23. Try Yoga or Other Stretching Exercises
  24. Order Take Out
  25. Bake Cookies and Share
  26. Create a Vision Board
  27. Volunteer
  28. Get Organized
  29. Create
  30. Figure Out What Brings You Peace and Do More of That Activity

Remember be kind to yourself.

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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 July

The summer months are a great time to focus on self-care. Whether you are just starting or continuing a self-care routine, the benefits promote an overall well-being to your mind, body, and soul. Set aside a time just for you. Do you need some ideas for your July self-care routine? Look at the following list for inspiration.

  1. Schedule your annual wellness check with your primary care provider.
  2. Stay hydrated! Drink lots of fluids in the warm weather.
  3. Get creative.
  4. Celebrate the 4th! Play with sparklers or go watch the fireworks.
  5. Sleep! Take naps or sleep an extra hour.
  6. Meditate or pray.
  7. Listen to relaxing music.
  8. Go to the library or local bookstore to find your summer reading material.
  9. Binge-watch movies or series on a rainy day.
  10. Try a new fitness routine.
  11. Go for a hike or nature walk.
  12. Go for a swim.
  13. Ride a bike.
  14. Keep a gratitude journal.
  15. Call an old friend.
  16. Go out to lunch.
  17. Try a new recipe.
  18. Volunteer
  19. Clean your living space.
  20. Spend a day at the beach.
  21. Unplug from your devices.
  22. Be a local tourist.
  23. Stargaze.
  24. Watch the sunrise or sunset.
  25. Buy a new outfit.
  26. Do an in-home spa treatment.
  27. Get a haircut.
  28. Find a new place to worship.
  29. Order take-out from your favorite restaurant or try somewhere new.
  30. Take a long hot bubble bath with lavender or rose hips oil.
  31. Learn a new skill.

Self-Care Ideas for June

June brings warmer weather, longer days, and a whole new set of commitments. Remember through all the hustle of the summer months to take time for self-care. Do you need inspiration for self-care activities? Check out the following list for June.

  1. Stay hydrated. (Add sparkling water with fresh fruit, iced tea, or lemonade to your daily intake)
  2. Make a summer bucket list.
  3. Take a long, hot bubble bath or shower.
  4. Go hiking at a National Park.
  5. Spend a rainy-day doing arts and crats.
  6. Go on a virtual tour of another country.
  7. Make yourself a smoothie with fresh fruit from a farmer’s market.
  8. Go for a nature walk. Do not forget your camera.
  9. Play video games.
  10. Stop at your local ice cream shop and indulge.
  11. Order take-out for dinner.
  12. Spend the afternoon at the beach.
  13. Go on a picnic.
  14. Go on a bike ride.
  15. Binge watch your favorite show or discover a new one.
  16. Make a summer playlist.
  17. Go on a long car ride, roll the windows down, and sing along to your favorite songs. (Do not forget your summer playlist).
  18. Take yourself out on a date.
  19. Volunteer
  20. 1st day of Summer. Get outside!
  21. Buy a new summertime outfit.
  22. Call an old friend, just to chat.
  23. Start a journal or create a summer scrapbook.
  24. Got to a community event. (For example, attend a music in the park series).
  25. Go bird watching.
  26. Join a group.
  27. Give yourself an in-home spa day.
  28. Read a new book.
  29. Try a workout routine, Yoga, or meditation.
  30. Unplug from your devices and do nothing for an entire day.

Self-Care Ideas for May

May is here! For many the new month brings warmer weather, flowers, and lots of sunshine. Whether you are still staying home or starting to get back to a normal routine, engaging in self-care should always be a top priority. Do you need self-care ideas for May? Check out the following list.

  1. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  2. Take a long hot bath.
  3. Make a delicious homemade meal.
  4. Go for a long nature walk. (Do not forget your camera)
  5. Write in a journal.
  6. Get up early just to watch the sunrise.
  7. Sit outside at night to gaze at the stars.
  8. Burn a scented candle.
  9. Try yoga.
  10. Mediate or pray to calming music.
  11. Try a new craft. (Many local dollar stores have inexpensive crafty supplies to get you started.)
  12. Fill up your vehicle with gas and go for a line drive.
  13.  Bake cookies for yourself. Then, bake another batch to give away.
  14. Go on a picnic in the park.
  15.  Go to bed early, sleep in, or take a long afternoon nap.
  16. Spend an afternoon at an art museum or gallery.      
  17. Listen to a new podcast.
  18. Play the radio, sing loudly, and dance around to your favorite songs.
  19. Buy a magazine to read all afternoon. (A cup of hot tea or hot chocolate is great companion to this task.)
  20. Binge watch your favorite series. (Do not forget the popcorn.)
  21. Order take-out from a new restaurant.
  22. Unplug from your devices and just relax.
  23. Give yourself a pedicure, manicure, or homemade face mask.
  24. Go to your local library. Wander through the stacks of books to find your next read.
  25. Watch YouTube videos.
  26. Wear an extravagant outfit just for fun.
  27. Make a mood board.
  28. Plan your dream vacation.
  29. Call in an old friend just to chat.
  30. Volunteer
  31. Practice saying, “no” to extra work.                         

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.