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How to Embrace Self-Care This Fall

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This year I struggled with the arrival of fall and coming up with self care ideas has been more important to me than ever. We moved to Missouri in June so those long, warm summer days were important to helping me feel settled in. I needed the extra time and late sunlight to unpack and unwind in the evenings. I wasn’t ready for fall to arrive and since my husband struggles with seasonal affective disorder, we were hoping to prolong summer for as long as possible.

We’ve had temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s over the past few weeks so since fall is clearly here we’ve been focused on slowing down, pulling back, and focusing on self care activities to keep ourselves mentally and emotionally healthy during this time. The holidays are always hard for me due to our struggle with infertility and I know I need to take this time to take care of myself so my infertility-induced depression doesn’t overwhelm me.

Discover our favorite ways to embrace self-care during the fall so you can battle seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and any depression you may be fighting. Learn to prioritize your own health and enjoy the changing season. Via @honeyandpineco #selfcare #seasonalaffectivedisorder #depression #anxiety

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 seasonal affective disorder, here are a few other things you can do to include these self care ideas into your daily routine.

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.

  1. Change your sleep schedule
  2. Spend more time outside
  3. Develop a new workout routine
  4. Clean and declutter your home
  5. Do a heart check
  6. Pamper your skin 
  7. Try meditations or yoga
  8. 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.

Discover our favorite ways to embrace self-care during the fall so you can battle seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and any depression you may be fighting. Learn to prioritize your own health and enjoy the changing season. Via @honeyandpineco #selfcare #seasonalaffectivedisorder #depression #anxiety
Discover our favorite ways to embrace self-care during the fall so you can battle seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and any depression you may be fighting. Learn to prioritize your own health and enjoy the changing season. Via @honeyandpineco #selfcare #seasonalaffectivedisorder #depression #anxiety

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 heart check pages are fabulous for me and this is one of my favorite self care ideas because these pages encourage me to check in with God and evaluate what is troubling my heart and possibly weighing me down. I try to check in weekly but I do it for sure at least once a month.

Discover our favorite ways to embrace self-care during the fall so you can battle seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and any depression you may be fighting. Learn to prioritize your own health and enjoy the changing season. Via @honeyandpineco #selfcare #seasonalaffectivedisorder #depression #anxiety

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. 

Discover our favorite ways to embrace self-care during the fall so you can battle seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and any depression you may be fighting. Learn to prioritize your own health and enjoy the changing season. Via @honeyandpineco #selfcare #seasonalaffectivedisorder #depression #anxiety

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 self care ideas so you can continue to be your very best for the people you love.


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