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13 Self-Care Ideas for Fall

Fall Self-Care Ideas

Fall Self-Care Ideas

Fall is here, and I know what you’re thinking: how is another year already coming to an end? The weather will be less than perfect, the days are getting shorter, and we tend to get a little… lazy and sometimes even sad.

You kind of can’t help but think of the time passing by, as you watch the leaves change their colors and nature preparing itself for its winter sleep and spring rebirth. In my experience, people either love this time of year, or they get the autumn blues and experience feelings of increased nervousness and anxiety. Some of us also get affected by the change in weather and the lack of natural light. I kind of tend to go back and forth with this, but I mostly enjoy fall season, even if there is some lingering end-of-the-year anxiety buried somewhere deep within.

Whether fall is one of your favorite, or least favorite seasons, it’s important to continue to make an effort to look after yourself. You don’t have to give in to the gloominess and spend your evenings planted in front of the TV. This time of year is great for diving into things like cooking, reading, focusing on self-growth, decluttering, organizing and… slowing down.

13 SELF-CARE IDEAS FOR FALL

Fall Self-Care Ideas

SET UP THE MOOD

Don’t give in to those dark and chilly days- try to embrace them, instead. Set up the mood by hanging up pretty lights, burning your favorite scented candles and dig out your favorite blankets and cozy knits. These are some of the things that will help brighten up those long, dark evenings.

GET MORE LIGHT

Ahh, yes… speaking of brightening things up: get more light. Maximize the natural light that comes your way- one of the best ways to do this is by using window sheers instead of heavy curtains or placing mirrors opposite big windows. A quick walk in the morning or going out to lunch instead of eating at your desk at work is also a nice way of soaking up some more of that sunshine.

SPEND SOME TIME OUTSIDE

During warmer months we love spending time outdoors, but throughout those dark and gloomy days that come with fall… we tend to get a little lazy. As we already established though, every season brings us special gifts. One of the best gifts we receive this time of year is its beauty. The stunning fall foliage, the crispier air, that autumn sunshine, and the calmness it brings. Take advantage of those sunny weekend mornings and go for a long walk, spend some time in nature, even on those cooler days.

FOAM ROLLING

Indulge in the things that make your body feel good- do some foam rolling and stretching to keep your muscles flexible. Yoga and foam rolling have both done amazing things for my back since my injury. Foam rolling is great for relieving soreness and tightness and it’s a nice way to give yourself a self-massage before or after your workouts and warm up those muscles.

SLOW DOWN

It’s November, and this means that the holiday craze is just around the corner. It also means that there are probably some stressful times coming your way. Getting together with your family for Thanksgiving and Christmas is always fun, but I mean… let’s not kid ourselves. All the cooking, cleaning, prepping, planning, getting everyone together- it can all be a bit much, even for those of us who are very organized. This is why it’s important to slow down a bit before life gets a little hectic and crazy again. You can find some ideas for slowing down in this post.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP

Sleep is one of the most underrated aspects of wellness- one we don’t appreciate until we get a little older. It’s actually one of the most important parts of your wellness and self-care routine. If there is only one thing you can do from this list, it should be getting enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep on a consistent basis carries increased risks of obesity, heart disease, you’ll also be more prone to mood changes and memory issues. Developing a good sleep/nighttime routine is one of the most important things you can do for your wellbeing. If you have trouble getting enough sleep during the night or struggle with nighttime anxiety you can see what helped me in this post and this one. I’ve suffered from insomnia for many, many years and take it from me: it doesn’t matter how healthy you eat or how much exercise you get- if you don’t get enough sleep sooner or later it will catch up with you.

SWITCH THINGS UP… IN THE KITCHEN

Try incorporating some of those fall superfoods into your diet. Fall also gives the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to some comfort food. You can try a new, exciting recipe or maybe re-discover an old one, maybe something that you loved to eat when you were little?

RE-VISIT YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS

Cuddling up with a book on a gloomy, rainy, fall day is the best, isn’t it? Discovering new authors and stories is fun, but re-visiting old favorites can also give you a ton of pleasure and bring back beautiful memories. Every year, right around this time I re-visit some of those old favorites. Sometimes, even when you read a book 10 times, you get to discover new things about it, each time you read it.

DEVICE FREE FUN WITH THE FAMILY

Schedule in some play time, without any screen time. Self-care doesn’t have to include things you only do by yourself. We recently started a tradition where one Saturday a month we get together with Mark, my brother, and sister and play board games. Everyone has their favorite game so we take turns playing different ones. There’s yelling, laughing, sometimes some screaming, but my favorite part is that no one reaches for their phone for hours- which is something that never happens.


STAY WARM AND COZY

Other than owls, there’s another thing I collect: blankets and throws. I have throws and blankets for all occasions and even some of my family and friends have their favorites stored in my closet, too. Keeping things cozy is another way to embrace those gloomy days and not let them affect your mood. I find that a heated blanket and a warm cup of tea make everything better- even if it’s me sitting in my home office working on something very dull and unexciting.

BE GOOD TO YOUR MIND + SOUL

When practicing self-care, remember that it’s not just your body that needs some loving. Even if you’re not prone to those fall/winter blues, it’s still important to be good to your mind and soul. Journaling and list-making are one of my favorite ways to get rid of that “mind clutter” and shift my focus into more positive things. You can try a book/journal like this one, which will walk you through the process. Meditation and deep-breathing exercises are also great.

GO FOR A LONG DRIVE

Every year, as the leaves begin to change color, I like to take a different route when coming home from work. While it takes me a bit longer to actually get home, I love driving through my old college campus which is huge and surrounded by beautiful trees and a lake. It’s such a small little thing, yet it never fails to put me in a good mood. I love seeing how the leaves fall and move, almost as if dancing in the wind. It kind of helps me get rid of that “work stress” and by the time I get home, I feel more calm and relaxed.

Autumn-Pamper-at-Home

FALL PAMPER

I always say that self-care is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing and it’s about a lot more than just taking long baths and slapping on a nice face mask. The truth is though, that sometimes after a very long, cold day, a warm cozy bath is just what you need. More about autumn pamper here.

This time of year almost never fails to remind us of things like the fact that we’re growing older, that things change, and that the time is passing. This is why practicing some quality self-care is important, especially during those dark and gloomy months. Sometimes, you just have to work a little harder than usual at keeping yourself happy and inspired, and that’s okay.

22 Comments

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    Danielle Alexa
    November 3, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    I love this post and I really feel like getting more light is so important at this time of the year!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    Lisa Autumn
    November 4, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Oh this post is perfect babe!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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    Linda Libra Loca
    November 4, 2018 at 5:57 am

    I embrace the change and the opportunity to take stock, see what I have achieved over the year and slow down on the constant hustle to refocus and see what I want to strive for next year. Luckily I don’t suffer from seasonal depression, but I still make a point to be outside every day to get a feel for the weather outdoors, no matter how awful it might be.

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

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      Paula @ thirteenthoughts.com
      November 5, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      I really love this time of year, but I do know that a lot of people tend to feel a bit sad. My doctor always seems to be surprised that my mood doesn’t get affected by the gloomy weather much, despite having history of depression and anxiety. I just feel like I function better when it’s dark outside, lol. This time of year is definitely a great time to slow down, I agree!

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        Linda Libra Loca
        November 5, 2018 at 11:36 pm

        Seasonal depression is not something to take lightly. I come from a family that has a history of depression and I have seen how it affects my loved ones.

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          Paula @ thirteenthoughts.com
          November 5, 2018 at 11:47 pm

          Absolutely! I think it’s great that so many healthcare professionals make sure to check up on their patients’ mental health during regular checkups by doing depression and GAD screenings. In the past I’ve had doctors tell me to just “get over it” when mentioning my emotional struggles and it made me not want to bring it up ever again. I’m really lucky to have found my current GP, she’s amazing.

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    Rosie von Waldherr
    November 4, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I have a love-hate relationship with my foam roller xD hate doing it, but love the effect it has! Getting light is definitely a big thing to keep your spirits up =D

    Have a great week!

    xo, Rosie //Curvy Life stories

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      Paula @ thirteenthoughts.com
      November 5, 2018 at 10:48 pm

      Haha I feel the same way sometimes. I think when I first tried it I bought one that was a bit too stiff for my liking. I switched to a softer one and it works much better.

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    Julia Speaks
    November 4, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Foam rolling sounds so helpful! I’ve been taking more care of my body recently by stretching out a lot in the evenings, and foam rolling would complete my routine quite well. Spending time outside is also definitely good for the body and mind, even though it is getting colder!

    Julia x
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      Paula @ thirteenthoughts.com
      November 5, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      I think you’d love foam rolling! So happy to hear that you’ve been paying attention to taking care of your body. It’s so important to look after yourself to avoid a burnout. x

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    Haylie | The Morning Buzz
    November 6, 2018 at 1:01 am

    These are such great ideas! (I love the images by the way, you should consider selling stock images, you have a talent and I’d buy them in a heartbeat!) I definitely suffer from the seasonal blues, but I’m trying to change that. I think that trying to maintain a positive mindset and following self-care practices that fuel your soul are a huge step. Thanks for the ideas, they’re really helpful xx

    Haylie | http://themorningbuzzblog.com/

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    Lauren Rose
    November 6, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Loved this post! Self care is so important at this time of year, especially since it get’s so busy with work and the festive season approaching. Loved all your tips xx

    http://www.laurenrosestyle.com

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      Paula @ thirteenthoughts.com
      November 9, 2018 at 10:01 am

      I agree, Lauren. Things are about to get a little crazy with the holidays approaching, so important to look after yourself. x

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    BlushandPearls
    November 8, 2018 at 11:19 am

    great tips! I’m trying to slow down more and focus on getting a good night’s sleep and it makes such a difference.

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

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    Cheryl Timoszyk
    November 8, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Love your blog. I check it on a regular basis.

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    Kim
    November 11, 2018 at 6:47 am

    This is a great list. I find getting more light is a must this time of year and I’ll try and make the most of the nice days, Autumnal walks are my favourite thing at the moment.

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    The Sunday Mode
    November 13, 2018 at 4:36 am

    I’ve got three busy weeks ahead of me where I’m waking up stupidly early and not getting enough sleep is something I really feel the effects of quickly. After these three weeks I’m going to actively focus on getting enough sleep regularly, rather than doing what I’m doing now which is no getting enough sleep for a few days and then sleeping like I’m in a coma on the weekend in an attempt to catch up, lol

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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