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.
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.
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.
Eat outside on a fall day to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the fall crisp air.
Take a long hot bath.
Take the time to listen to your favorite podcast. Yes, listen to the whole podcast at one time.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Try mulled cider or herbal teas.
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.
Plan healthier meals. Consider going to your local farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Commit to drinking 8 glasses of water a day.
Go to bed early.
Get some sun.
Practice saying no.
Try a new exercise routine.
Pray or meditate daily.
Create a vision board.
Join a support group or a church group.
Take a mental healthy day a do nothing.
Sip hot tea or coffee while watching the sunrise.
Get a new hair style.
Unplug from your devices for a day.
Avoid negativity. Try to maintain a positive outlook.
Call an old friend to chat.
Create a summer scrapbook.
Go for walks.
Try a new local restaurant.
Buy yourself something. Consider shopping on Etsy.
Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
Go out for ice cream.
Go for a bike ride.
Binge-watch your favorite series.
Dim the lights, safely light candles, and listen to your favorite music.
Take a long afternoon nap.
Take a class, seminar, or attend a conference.
Deep clean your living space.
Keep a journal.
Your choice. The only stipulation, the activity must be for you.
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.
Stay hydrated. (Add sparkling water with fresh fruit, iced tea, or lemonade to your daily intake)
Make a summer bucket list.
Take a long, hot bubble bath or shower.
Go hiking at a National Park.
Spend a rainy-day doing arts and crats.
Go on a virtual tour of another country.
Make yourself a smoothie with fresh fruit from a farmer’s market.
Go for a nature walk. Do not forget your camera.
Play video games.
Stop at your local ice cream shop and indulge.
Order take-out for dinner.
Spend the afternoon at the beach.
Go on a picnic.
Go on a bike ride.
Binge watch your favorite show or discover a new one.
Make a summer playlist.
Go on a long car ride, roll the windows down, and sing along to your favorite songs. (Do not forget your summer playlist).
Take yourself out on a date.
1st day of Summer. Get outside!
Buy a new summertime outfit.
Call an old friend, just to chat.
Start a journal or create a summer scrapbook.
Got to a community event. (For example, attend a music in the park series).
Go bird watching.
Join a group.
Give yourself an in-home spa day.
Read a new book.
Try a workout routine, Yoga, or meditation.
Unplug from your devices and do nothing for an entire day.
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.
Get plenty of sleep, take a nap or sleep in when possible.
Drink lots of fluids-water, tea, and maybe even a tall glass of apple cider.
Buy yourself something new. (Yes, a dollar store Halloween figurine counts.)
Take an extra-long hot shower or soak in a warm, bubble bath.
Call a friend.
Order take out from your favorite restaurant.
Go for a walk to view the Halloween decorations in your community.
Work out to a beginner’s video on YouTube.
Unplug from social media for an hour, six hours, or an entire day.
Grab your favorite fuzzy blanket and spend your Saturday reading a book.
Write letters or send out Halloween cards with notes inside.
Binge-watch Halloween shows.
Cook your favorite meal.
Do Halloween themed crafts.
Sip a warm beverage while stargazing.
Use relaxing music to meditate or pray.
Visit your local pumpkin patch. Carve and display your pumpkin.
Give yourself a spa day-soak your feet, paint your nails, and apply a facial.
Make a Halloween-themed playlist.
Try a new food.
Take a virtual tour.
Keep a journal or diary.
Go for a long drive and play the music loud.
Take an online course. (There are numerous free courses or seminars available.)
Eat your favorite soup on a cold autumn day.
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.
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
Buy a new journal and make entries every day.
Watch the sunrise or sunset.
Read a book outside of your normal genre.
Make a fall bucket list or a dream bucket list.
Spend a day or afternoon doing nothing, just relax.
Happy Labor Day! (USA) Find time just for yourself.
Binge-watch a new series.
Go for a nature walk.
Get extra sleep.
Treat yourself to in home spay day.
Go on a virtual tour.
Spend time meditating or praying.
Take a long hot bubble bath or shower
Call an old friend.
Make your favorite recipe or try a new one.
Splurge and order take out.
Watch YouTube videos. Check out gender reveals, marriage proposals, surprise military homecoming, or pets.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water or make a tall glass of ice tea.
Turn up the music. Sing along to your favorite tunes or dance.
Autumn begins. Get outdoors and view the colorful fall foliage.
Declutter a room or closet. Or simply clean off the top of your desk.
Find a new food to try, a different type of fruit or candy bar.
Buy yourself flowers.
Make yourself a warm beverage on a cool night.
Go on a Sunday drive.
Print out your photos on your phone and make a scrapbook.
Get dressed up for no reason or stay in pajamas all day.
Practice yoga or other light stretching exercises. (YouTube has number beginner videos).