Self-care is important all year round, but it’s something that many people tend to push to the side. Fall self-care is especially important. As the days get colder and the nights get longer, the colder months can make you feel a little down. There’s no better way to lift your mood than making sure to take some time for self-care!
Generally, people tend to be happier in the summer. It’s warm, the sun is out longer, and you can get out of your house and do fun activities. Depending on where you live in the world, during the fall and winter months, this may not always be possible.
A lot of people suffer from seasonal depression due to the colder weather and shorter days, and while self-care isn’t the only answer to seasonal depression, it can help. That’s why it’s super important to make sure you’re taking time out of your day to practice self-care during the fall!
Here are 50 self-care ideas to try out this fall season!
Buy Your Favorite Halloween Candy
Many places in the world this year may not get to go out Trick-or-Treating, or you may be like me and be too old to go door-to-door. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of all the Halloween candy that’s for sale! Go out and buy a big bag of your favorites!
Rake the Leaves and Jump in Them!
It may be a pain to rake the leaves, or you may find it a bit relaxing. However you feel about raking the leaves, there’s no better feeling than jumping in them once you’re done!
With the holidays coming up, there’s no better reason than to bake something!
Add Some Fall Accessories to Your Wardrobe
I love browsing around on Amazon for some new fall clothes! There is always something to find online.
Read Your Favorite Book
Since the weather is getting colder and we’ll be inside a lot more, maybe it’s time to catch up on your reading! I’m guilty of buying books and never reading them, so now is the time to get through that reading list!
Catch Up On Some Much Needed Sleep
The sun will be going down earlier, so you’ll be able to catch up on your sleep! Whether you’re going to bed earlier or taking a nap throughout the day, don’t forget to get some sleep!
I LOVE decorating for fall! I never feel like I have enough decorations for my apartment. You can decorate for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or just the entire season of fall itself! Whatever the occasion, you can always find some cute and cheap decor on Amazon!
Carve a Pumpkin
Going to the pumpkin patch is one of my favorite things to do! I love setting out pumpkins as decorations each year. Sometimes my husband and I carve pumpkins, and sometimes we search on Pinterest for some cute ways to paint them as well!
Workout at Home
You’ve probably been doing this for months now since many of the gyms are closed, but there is not really an opportunity to work out outside now either! If you haven’t already, search around for some easy at-home workouts!
Buy Fall Scented Candles
If you’re not much of a baker, you can still make your home smell nice with some fall scented candles! I love taking a trip down the candle aisle and picking up a few candles for this time of the year!
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can feel like you lose yourself sometimes. Make an effort to take some time for yourself this fall!
Start Saving for Christmas
If you’re like me and you have a big family (or big extended family!) Make sure you start saving up for that Christmas shopping! Don’t forget to take advantage of Black Friday!
Start a Bullet Journal
This is something I know a lot of people really likes doing, and I want to make an effort to start a bullet journal this fall! You can check out Pinterest and find a ton of cute inspiration photos to start one yourself!
Spend Time With Family For the Holidays
Of course, you want to be spending time with friends and family for the holidays! This may be a little harder to do this year depending on where you live, but I’m hoping we’ll get to do this because it’s one of my favorite parts of the holiday!
Make an Apple or Pumpkin Pie
Honestly, I’m pretty terrible at baking. But if you’re more of a chef than I am, you could bake an awesome pie! (For those of us that aren’t bakers, we’ll just go with store-bought!)
Make Your Favorite Soup
I’m the type of person that will eat soup all year-round. But if you’re the type that only likes to eat soup when it’s cold, it’s the perfect time of year for that!
Go to the Cider Mill
Another one of my favorite places to visit is the cider mill! I love getting cider and doughnuts. It’s the perfect fall treat!
Play Board Games
Too cold to go outside? No problem! Just stay inside and play some fun board games with you and your family!
Have a Relaxing Self Care Day
Take a bath, get a manicure, stay in bed all day, whatever it is that you find to be self-care or relaxing, take the day for yourself! Don’t do anything and waste the day away!
Make Some Hot Chocolate
If you’re a fan of hot chocolate, this is the time of year for it! I don’t drink hot chocolate too much But I like to have it once or twice during the fall!
Go on a Nature Walk or a Hike
If you’re able to find somewhere to go, get out in nature and check out all of the trees changing. I love to see the fall colors here where I live. It’s so pretty!
Take Photos of the Pretty Leaves and Fall Scenery
While you’re out on your nature walk, don’t forget to take some pictures of the scenery!
Make a Fall Bucket List
Make a list of things that you want to do this fall and try to accomplish them before winter!
Declutter Your Home
It’s nice to spring clean, but you can also do the same for fall! I find it therapeutic to declutter and reorganize things in my home.
Change Your Skin Care Routine
Skin-care is super important, especially as the months get colder. The cold can dry out your skin so make sure to change up your routine this Fall!
Buy Your Favorite Flowers
I love flowers in my home! Nothing can make your home feel a little brighter and smell a little better like some of your favorite flowers!
When it’s too cold outside, binge-watch your favorite Netflix series to pass the time!
Donate Any Summer Clothes You Won’t Wear
Summer is over and it’s time to clean out your wardrobe! If you’re like me, I’m sure you have some summer clothes that you bought and will never wear again! Pack all of them up and donate them. Not only will you make room for your fall wardrobe, but you’ll be helping someone else out!
Buy a Fluffy Blanket
I am a sucker for blankets. I will wear a blanket all year round. When it comes to the colder months, I will definitely be bringing out the fluffy blankets!
Buy fluffy Pajamas
The same thing with pants, I have a tub full of fluffy pants that I will wear in the fall to keep warm!
Do a Face Mask
In order to help you not break out, and keep your skin from drying out due to the cold. Try putting on a face mask!
Paint Your Nails a Fun Fall Color
I love getting my nails done, and I can’t wait to paint my nails with some cute fall inspired designs this year!
Make Some Caramel Apples
Caramel apples are so good and they are really popular during the fall! You can either make some or buy them from the store or Cider Mill!
Have a Digital Detox from Social Media
Social media can be really damaging to your mental health. Take some time this fall to unplug and get off of social media
Watch Halloween or Fall Related Movies
I love watching Halloween-related movies! My favorites are Halloweentown and Twitches.
Repeat Positive Affirmations
I write down a few positive affirmations to start out my day. I really think they help me start out the day in a better mood!
I am not a tea drinker personally, but I know a lot of people find tea to be a relaxing drink!
This is something that I want to get into this year. I’ve been thinking about becoming more active, and yoga sounds like a really fun activity!
Get a Haircut at the Salon
There's nothing like a new haircut to make you feel better! Make sure to take care of your hair this fall by trimming those dead ends or switch it up completely and go for a whole new look!
Do a Fall Inspired Makeup Look
It’s time to break out the warm tones of makeup! Test out a fall inspired makeup look with browns and golds to get you in the spirit of fall!
Get a Manicure or Pedicure
Treat yourself to a spa day and get yourself a mani-pedi! I love getting my nails done at the salon, and you can try out some fall color while you’re there as well!
Go Get a Massage
While you’re getting your hair and nails done, you might as well go all out and go get a massage!
Watch Inspirational Youtube Videos
I love watching inspiring Youtubers or listening to inspiring podcasts to lift my spirits and get me in a better mood!
Start a Blog
While you’re spending more time inside, you might as well find something to do with all your extra time! If you like writing, you could start a blog!
Start a Side Hustle
If you’re not into writing, there are plenty of other things you can do to pass the time. Find a side hustle and maybe make some extra cash on the side to save for the holidays!
Learn a New Skill
Learn to play guitar, learn to crochet, practice a hobby that yo uneven really had time for before. Just something to keep you busy that you enjoy at the same time!
Take a Hot Relaxing Bath
Bring out the bubbles, start a nice hot bath and relax! I personally don’t take baths, but I know that some people find this to be a super relaxing time!
Meditation is a great way to clear your mind, relieve stress and make you feel a lot better afterwards!
Start Christmas Shopping
Don’t be the person who waits until the last minute to get your Christmas shopping done! Start early this year so you can stay home when the stores get busy. You'll be stress free knowing your shopping is done, or at least started!
Buy Indoors Plants
With the ground getting colder, outside plants are going to start dying and going to sleep for the winter. That doesn’t mean you can’t have plants, just buy a few indoor plants instead! Not only can they improve your air quality, but they may make your home smell better as well!
There you have it! 50 fall self care ideas! I hope you found at least a few good ways to make sure you take care of your mind and body this fall! Self care is super important and as the weather turns cold, make sure to take a little bit extra care of yourself!
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