Fall in all it’s beauty is upon us. With shorter days, crisp fall mornings and beautiful rich colors I do feel the need to indulge in some self care.
And let’s be honest: We busy women need it desperately, but we don’t prioritize ourselves do we?
However, let’s not forget that old saying: “Take Care of Yourself Before You Take Care of Others”
Fall Self Care Ideas
With that in mind I made this list of self care ideas for fall. I hope it inspires you to take care of yourself and to not let the beautiful autumn season go by without enjoying it.
Now, I know this is on every list of self care ideas, but with good reason.
Going outside is good for your physical and mental health. It will give you a good workout, mental clarity and you can enjoy the gorgeous autumn colors.
Eat Fall Super foods
We all know healthy eating is a must to function well and stave off disease. In the autumn there’s some beautiful produce in season that’s healthy and delicious, so try to incorporate these foods more in your nutrition.
- Acorn, pumpkin and butternut squash – Rich in potassium and beta-carotene
- Sweet potatoes – Rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene
- Apples – Packed with antioxidants
- Cabbage and Brussels sprouts – Great source of vitamin a and c
If you can buy local; good for the carbon footprint and more nutritious too!
Reduce your stress levels with 10-20 minutes of coloring your heart out. Grab one of these coloring books and a few colorful pencils and color away!
Go through your wardrobe and throw away clothes that you no longer wear or use. Store your Summer wardrobe and the kid’s outdoor toys.
I love doing Yoga and make it my daily morning ritual as much as I can. If possible I will practice Yoga at least for 30-60 minutes.
On those days when life gets in the way, I try to sneak in some Yoga anyway by doing some Sun Salutations.
Sun salutations are a series of postures traditionally used in the morning to salute the sun. Traditionally Sun Salutations are used to warm up the body before you start your Yoga practice. It’s also wonderful for the mind and calms stress, because you’re connecting breath with movement.
On busy days try to do a few rounds of sun salutations (6 would be ideal) and try to hold certain asanas a bit longer like holding downward facing dog for 8 breaths.
Tip: If possible do some Yoga outside in the park and take in your surrounding while De-stressing!
Yup, there’s that word again. Mindfulness is everywhere and I believe it’s because we all need a bit more of it.
For me mindfulness means being in the moment, actually being aware of things happening and enjoying it. No judgement, no right or wrong, no guilt.
There are many ways to practice mindfulness, but here’s my personal favorite:
Make a hot drink like coffee, hot chocolate or tea. Add some cinnamon and go sit somewhere with a view, if possible outside.
Focus on your environment and take in the sights and sounds. Breath deeply and evenly and feel the warmth of the cup you’re holding. Feel the warmth, taste and smell the contents and let you mind wander without any judgement or guilt.
Enjoy the Sun for 10 Minutes
Despite the days getting shorter, we can still enjoy the sun in autumn. According to multiple studies we only need 10-15 minutes of sun everyday to get our supply of vitamin D, so go outside and soak up those rays.
Decorate for Fall
Even if you don’t really like the typical fall decor of colored leaves, pumpkins and scarecrows, you can still prepare the living room for Autumn.
Think cozy, warm blankets, throw pillows, candles and potpourri. Or maybe just a few cinnamon sticks for a divine smelling room.
When outside collect gorgeous Autumn leaves and pine cones to create a beautiful fall centerpiece.
Make a Playlist
Make a playlist of your favorites songs. Better yet: make several playlists! One to relax you, one that gives you positive vibes, one to dance and so on.
Start Slow Cooking
Whip out the crock pot and cook a nice hearty soup. With all the fresh produce available right now you can make the most wonderful meals with little time and preparation.
Take a look at my Pinterest board here for some inspiration.
Do What You Like
What’s your favorite thing to do when there are no time or other restrictions? For me that would be binge watching Sex and the City on the cozy couch with a glass of wine. Add some throw pillows and a snugly blanket and I am happy and very relaxed girl!
See if you can make this happen for you too. Perhaps grandparents can watch the kids for a couple of hours and do what makes you happy! After all, we women take the lion share of all tasks and we need a break too!
What are your favorite autumn self care ideas? Share your thoughts in the comments below!