This year I struggled with the arrival of fall and coming up with
We’ve had temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s over the past few weeks so since fall is clearly
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I’ve slowed down my blogging schedule lately and I’m taking more time to invest in my spiritual and physical health. If the holidays get you down or you struggle with
Self care ideas for your daily routine
Here are just a few other ways I focus on myself during this season to keep myself in good spirits and coping.
- Change your sleep schedule
- Spend more time outside
- Develop a new workout routine
- Clean and declutter your home
- Do a heart check
- Pamper your skin
- Try meditations or yoga
- Keep a gratitude journal
Change your sleep schedule
Try going to sleep earlier so you can wake up earlier and capture more of the daylight hours. During the fall I try to wake up about an hour earlier than normal so I can take advantage of every single daylight minute. Darkness falls so much earlier during the fall and soaking up those daylight hours are important for my mental health. Besides, fall sunrises are stunning!
Spend more time outside
Fall is the absolute best time of year to get outside and enjoy local parks, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and more. There is so much to do. It feels like there are festivals every weekend and local farms offering hayrides. I love to gather up my pup and head outside even if we only take a drive to a local park and aimlessly wander around. It just feels good to be out there.
Develop a new workout routine
We like to do a lot of outdoor activities but during the fall we often find ourselves searching for indoor workouts since we usually workout late at night. It’s too dark to feel safe doing too much and neither of us enjoy running in the cold. This year we’ve joined a month-to-month gym so we can workout inside then cancel the membership to move back outside when it warms up.
Clean and declutter your home
As you pull out holiday decorations, sweaters, and other cold weather items, purge your summer items and declutter where you can. We moved in June and still find ourselves looking for things and unpacking boxes. It’s been amazing to see how many things we’ve been able to purge and donate. It’s helped clean up our home and mentally it makes me feel clear and in control.
Do a heart check
My favorite planner ever, the Dream Planner from Horacio Printing, includes pages to do a heart check. The
Pamper your skin
Fall is the perfect time of year to try out new skincare products because the changing weather makes it almost a necessity. I switch my summer products out for serums and creams that are more hydrating and I add more masks to my evening routine so I can feel productive even if I’m just binge-watching Netflix. I tried this polar day cream a few years ago and I’m still loving it every time the temperatures drop.
Try meditation or yoga
Fall is the start of the holiday season which, as we all know, is super busy. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed which is why I encourage everyone to try either meditations or yoga to slow down and teach yourself to focus. You can find a lot of meditations on YouTube and if you don’t feel comfortable attending a yoga class you can learn to do it at home using a resource like yogadownload.com.
Keep a gratitude journal
Keeping a gratitude journal is great for encouraging you to focus on the positive things in your life instead of dwelling on the negative. We can always find negativity if we look for it and it’s easy to fall into a trap of noticing the negatives more than the positives. A gratitude journal makes you concentrate on the positive things in your life. With Thanksgiving coming up very soon, this is a great time to get started and keep it up all year long.
If you struggle with depression or seasonal affective disorder during the fall and winter, I hope you take the time to try a few of these