Its so important to me to make sure that self-care is practiced all year long, but I agree that it should be adapted as the seasons change. The self-care routine we do in summer should be different to the one we do in Winter. For me personally, I find the colder months the hardest on me mentally and physically as I suffer with asthma and Seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Incorporating self care into everyday life is something I wish I had done sooner in life. It really makes such a big difference to my mental health and my overall wellbeing. I thought I’d share some tips you could add to your Autumn self care and some tips I even use myself over the colder months. I hope they help and you can add new steps to your routine from this post!
CHANGE YOUR MORNING/NIGHT ROUTINE
Getting up in the morning and going to work in Summer is a difference experience to getting up and going to work in Autumn. The mornings are colder and alot darker. I find it really hard in the morning to find motivation to get out of my warm bed. Changing your morning routine in Autumn could look giving yourself some extra time in bed, or making yourself a hot drink and getting back into bed to wake up more. Maybe take your morning a little slower, in order to give yourself some time to adjust to the cold and the dark outside. Small things like that can make such a difference to your mornings and make such an impact on your mood and mental health too.
In the Summer I tend to get into bed pretty late, mostly because the sun doesn’t set till late so I want to make the most of the day. For the Autumn I am in bed so much sooner. I really love to spend time when it’s cold outside wrapped up in my blanket watching shows on tv. This really helps me to wind down after a long day. Changing your nighttime routine in Autumn could be that you head to bed earlier in order to conserve as much energy as you can for the next day. Doing this creates such a pocket of peace for me and its something I look forward to doing everyday.
TRY OUT SOME AROMATHERAPY
Essential oils have become such a staple in my life recently. They have helped me so much with pain and my mood. They are so important to have in my own routine because of the benefits they bring to my life. If you haven’t ever tried them please do, they can really make such a difference. On many occasions they have lowered stress levels and made me have a more positive outlook.
During the colder months I tend to diffuse a different variety of blends. I research and see what oils are best for each season and use them accordingly. Some summer scents are just that, for summer. So I tend to make sure that my blends are seasonal, as thats how I have found they work best for me.
DO AN AUTUMN CLEAN
Move over Spring clean, Autumn clean is coming through. There is nothing worse than having a cluttered home when the weather isn’t the best and its cold outside. When the weather is a mess outside, make sure that your home is not messy inside. I have found that having a clean space really helps calm my mind. For some reason in Autumn I always have the urge to re-arrange and re-design my space too, maybe because im seeing alot more of it and staying in my house more often.
What is on your Autumn self-care routine? Share some tips with us below!
I hope this post was helpful and you found some ways to slightly change your self-care routine during Autumn. Did you notice how the changes aren’t major, they’re just small things we can all do to change up our routines according to the time of year.