Fall has always been my favorite season. I love the leaves changing, and I love that crisp air that makes snuggling in sweaters so nice. I think part of it too is the excitement I always had for “back to school.” It was when we got new school supplies, new teachers and classmates, and a clean slate on the report card. I always went back to school with the best of intentions to make each year the best yet.
This feeling holds true to me now, even though I’m no longer on any kind of school schedule. I still go into Fall feeling like it’s time to get rid of bad habits that have crept in my life, and time to shake off that summer “free for all” mentality. I also feel like I’ll be very productive in the next few months, and I can let go of any disappointments or anything else that has been holding me back.
I realized a few years ago though, that without some extra self-care, I do really poorly in Autumn. I’ll start to feel sick, achey, and a bit more depressed and unmotivated than usual. I was physically opposite of what my mind and spirit felt like doing. Turns out, there is lots of research about the physical body preparing for the cold weather and being affected (just like the drying leaves on the trees) by the change. So there are a few things in particular I make a point to make time for, to ensure that I’m at my best to take advantage of the motivation that Fall affords me.
- Unplug one day a week.
- Take regular warm, quiet baths.
- Moisturize skin, lips, and cuticles.
- Drink tea with honey to prevent sore throats.
- Light candles to bring a little warmth into the home.
- Practice Yoga for stability in body and clarity of mind.
- Relax by drinking hot almond milk with nutmeg before bed.
- Eat warm comfort food (heavier, denser soups and stews).
- Enjoy leisurely 10 minute (minimum) quiet walks outdoors.
- Spend quality time with those you love (including fur babies!)
- Meet with friends (a great excuse for Pumpkin Spice Latte dates!)
- Take more rest time, including earlier bedtimes and naps on the weekend.
- Use scented soap, lotion, and candles that smell of sandalwood or lavender.
When I make sure to remember the self-care, Autumn goes back to being a great time for reflection and creation. I look forward to NaNoWriMo in November, and celebrating family over all of the holidays!