In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a wellness kick lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve been really stressed with work, wedding planning, the renovation, everything and felt like I had a breaking point… or maybe it’s just the change in seasons that is inspiring me to make some changes in my life. Regardless, I’ve been brainstorming more and more ways to improve my self-care routine and take better care of myself. It’s important to me to always be evolving and growing as a person, so I recently made this list of self-care ideas to keep me inspired. I figured it would be a great concept to share with you, in case you’re in a self-care rut or even overwhelmed by where to begin.
15 Fall-Inspired Self-Care Ideas
1. Go for a walk.
Going for a walk is one of the quickest and easiest ways for me to quiet all of the noise in my brain. I also suggest trying to do this without your phone!
2. Stay in and treat yourself to a bath.
Our DIY fall bath bombs with essential oils are a great addition to a long, relaxing soak. I like to take the time to read and sip on wine, too.
3. Stay in and read.
Make zero plans for a weekend and spend it reading a new book in your favorite chair instead. Naps are also encouraged. Honestly, I just love going into hermit-mode during the fall months!
4. Try a new recipe.
Have a recipe that you’ve always wanted to try, but never have the time? A quiet weekend at home is the perfect time to tackle it. Take your time making the meal, then sit around the table and eat the meal with your family.
5. Make something with your hands.
It doesn’t matter what you make, but simply create something, draw or paint. I’ve been thinking of taking up knitting again or maybe trying my hand at crocheting.
6. Drive to a local park and meditate there instead.
If it’s too cold, windy, or rainy, you don’t even need to get out of the car. Just crack the window so you can smell the crispy, crunchy leaves and put on your favorite meditation app.
Volunteering is just so good for the soul. Pick a cause that means something to you, whether it’s a local food bank, women’s shelter, or animal shelter, and offer your time and energy.
8. Fill your home with fall scents.
Light a fall scented candle or diffuse essential oils like cinnamon, spicy chai, or pumpkin blends.
9. Have a bonfire at the beach.
Don’t forget the cozy blankets, a thermos of cocoa, and your favorite person to snuggle up with.
10. Make a hearty soup.
There is something about making soup, then eating it that feels so fulfilling. I love how soup warms you from the inside out, too.
11. Adjust your supplements and vitamins.
Now is a great time to revisit which vitamins you take and why. For example, I’ll be needing more vitamin D as the days get shorter here in the Pacific Northwest.
12. Take more time to journal.
I’m guilty of being really rushed sometimes with my journaling, so it feels like a treat when I am able to give myself extra time to write and reflect. By the way, this is my favorite journal for when you’re short on time.
13. Treat yourself.
This could mean anything… maybe treating yourself to a decadent chocolatey dessert or a new face mask. The idea is to find beauty and excitement in a small treat.
14. Spend the whole day in pajamas.
As if I needed another excuse not to get dressed… there’s something so lovely about staying in your pjs all day and hanging around the house.
15.Call a friend just to catch up.
I’m horrible at keeping in touch with people, but always miss my friends because so many live in different cities. Setting aside an hour to catch up with a close friend not only feeds the soul, but also just plain makes me happier.
What other ideas do you have for a fall self-care routine? I’d love to hear your suggestions on what else I can do! Let me know down in the comments.