Fall Self Care Ideas
Hi Healthy Is Hot Family!
Now that September is underway, I hope you are all enjoying the cooler temperatures and everything pumpkin. Fall can be a wonderful time - the chance for new beginnings and fresh starts. But Fall can also be difficult, especially when the sun goes down earlier and the crisp leaves on the ground are quickly replaced by frost and snow.
Given that mental health is ALWAYS a priority, I thought I would provide you with a list of self-care options perfect for Fall. To me, Fall is all about being cozy and comfortable, so keep those principles in mind as you navigate the season’s change.
INVEST IN A NEW BLANKET
Like I said, cozy is the new trend come Fall. There is nothing that feels better than curling up under a blanket and putting on your favourite tv show, or diving into your favourite book. Take a trip to your local home goods store and choose a new blanket for yourself - one that is inviting and comforting. This self-care tip might cost you a bit of money, but I promise that on your harder days, you’ll be thankful you made the purchase.
LIGHT A FALL-SCENTED CANDLE
I was feeling discouraged the other day and decided to get out of the house and go to the mall. I knew exactly what would help me cheer up - a fall-scented candle from Bath and Body Works. Stepping into that store alone put me in a better mood - so many scents, so many products! I took about twenty minutes to choose my two favourite Fall smells (Apple Orchard and Pumpkin Spice). Now, when I’m having one of my “moments”, I light the candles and soak in the aroma. Something about Fall scents makes me feel calm and reassured.
TAKE A WALK
Walks are helpful any time of year, but especially in the Fall. It is so beautiful to step outside and notice the leaves changing colours and hear the crunch beneath your footsteps. If you live anywhere with a similar climate to that in Montreal, you’ll know that Fall comes and goes in the blink of an eye. So, I highly encourage you to take advantage of the Fall weather while you can. Leave your phone behind when possible. Take a couple of deep breaths and feel the cool air sting your cheeks. Let the breeze tickle your spine. Plus, moving your body always helps calm the mind!
MAKE SOUP OR CHILLI
Not only is Fall pumpkin season, but I also unofficially dub it crockpot season as well. If you don’t have a crockpot, don’t fret - there are so many soup and chilli recipes out there that you can make directly on the stove. Coming home and savouring a warm, home cooked meal is so satisfying and comforting when the temperatures begin to drop. Try dedicating an hour or two on the weekend to prepping something warm that you can easily heat up after work or school. Having a yummy meal to look forward to when you get home can make the day feel more bearable.
BAKE SOMETHING PUMPKIN
Okay, don’t judge me, but I find the Pumpkin Spice Latte a little overrated. However, I am a full supporter of pumpkin season, and love a good pumpkin muffin or scone. This Fall, get baking! Capitalize on pumpkin season by getting creative in the kitchen and whipping up something delicious with our star ingredient. Your taste buds (and friends and family, if you decide to share) will thank you.
CREATE A NOOK
I totally did this the other day. I was feeling down, so I pushed aside my coffee table and spread out a bunch of blankets and pillows in the middle of my living room. Let me tell you - it felt amazing! There’s something about sitting on the floor in a pile of “coziness” that calms me. Create your own nook and bring a warm cup of tea and a good book. Disconnect and be mindful!
HAVE A PYJAMA DAY
Truthfully, this suggestion is perfect for any time of year. If you have a day off from school, work, or commitments, try throwing yourself a pyjama party. With friends or completely solo, spend the day in your comfiest clothes and get cozy. I personally love when I can transition out of boxers and tees and into plaid pyjama pants and old sweaters. I’m telling you - pure joy!
TRY A FALL DIY PROJECT
Pumpkins, leaves… Fall is every Pinterest lover’s dream. Don’t rule out Pinterest as a self-care idea. They have a huge DIY section with an abundance of craft ideas you can take on without breaking the bank. A simple search will lead you to a multitude of results - time for you to get creative! Try crafting something for your home, or for your outdoor space. Something that will serve as decor and as a reminder of how awesome Fall is!
WRITE A THANKFUL LIST
Fall, to me, always signifies a period of giving thanks. Canadian and American Thanksgiving both have their dates in the Fall season, but even if you don’t celebrate, making a list of things you are thankful for can act as a mood lifter. Big or small, sometimes writing things down on paper can make you realize just how great life can be. Don’t aim for perfection, either… what’s near the top of my list? A hot cup of coffee on a cold day. Simplicity.
You must have heard of “Spring Cleaning”? Well, “Fall Cleaning” is a thing, too. Organizing always makes me feel calmer, so now is the perfect opportunity to put away your summer wardrobe and make room for the big pile of wool sweaters you own (come on, you must have at least one?!).
Fall can be beautiful, but it can also feel a little dark for some of us. Please know that you are not alone. But, when life feels a little too heavy, try something from the list above. My suggestions won’t cure the Fall blues, but they may help to alleviate some of the darkness. Let me know!