Autumn is in full swing. Even here in Florida we’ve started wearing cardigans and, on occasion, pants.
In honor of the season here are some small and simple fall-inspired ways to practice self-care, which includes taking care of everything from your physical to your mental well-being.
– Savor seasonal foods such as apples, cranberries, cabbage, pumpkin, pears and peppers.
– Go apple-picking.
– Make a wish tree.
– Plant fall flowers in your personal garden. Or plant them in a loved one’s garden, or a community garden.
– Attend an autumn event in your neighborhood or an entirely new place. Maybe that’s a fall festival, a holiday parade, a special farmer’s market or outdoor concert.
– Wrap yourself in soft, warm fabrics.
– Take a longer walk, pack a picnic, and play in the fallen leaves.
– Take a photo walk. As you’re walking, consider: What sights and sounds are representing fall today? Then capture them with your camera.
– Visit a pumpkin patch. Carve your own pumpkin. It’s another great reminder to play.
– Bake several batches of cookies, and give them to your loved ones.
– Get flannel sheets, which feel incredibly comforting against your skin, especially coming right out of the dryer. (I get all of my bedding from TJ Maxx. Super affordable and super comfy.)
– Enjoy a hot cup of tea or pumpkin latte in the park.
– Go hiking.
– Take your bike out for a spin.
– Spend a weekend in hibernation mode. Eat breakfast in bed. Curl up on the couch with a book. Watch a marathon of your favorite shows. (Might I recommend “Big Bang Theory,” “Castle,” “Elementary” and “Veronica Mars.”)
– Take advantage of Daylight Savings (on Sunday, November 3rd in the US), and get to bed earlier. Wake up earlier, and use that time to meditate or set an intention for the day. Consider what you’d like to learn that day. Then at night ask yourself what you’ve learned (this is a great tip from Todd Henry’s new book Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day.)
– Make a list of things you’d like to notice. How about the crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet? The cool breeze against your skin? The smell of your autumn-scented body wash? The exhilaration of taking a long walk? A deep breath?
– Take your yoga practice outdoors. Practice in your backyard. Or take your mat to the beach or your favorite park.
– Snuggle with a pet or loved one.
– Take a nap outside, wrapped in a fleece blanket.
– Paint, doodle or sketch the autumn landscapes.
– Review your self-care policies. Identify what’s nourishing you and what isn’t. Then pick one new practice to try.
How will you care for yourself this season? What fun activities are on your list?