Mindful Autumn Self-Care Practices To Add To Your Routine

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As the leaves lining the horizon transform into vibrant bursts of colour, there’s no denying that the peak of Fall has arrived. Autumn is one of my favourite seasons to embrace the cozy atmosphere and to reflect on how I can be more mindful in my self-care practices.

Although mesmerizing in its beauty, Autumn can be a darker time for some with shorter days, and colder weather. It’s important to stay mindful of your mental health and to stay presentย in the moment.

Here is a list of helpful self-care routines to practice this fall

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Be Mindful of Early Mornings

This is one of the most beneficial changes I’ve made to my routine. ย Even if you’re not much of a morning person like myself, your body will adjust to your schedule with time. Enjoy the calm, misty and still mornings while making the most of the sunlight. You truly do get a lot more done, and much more out of your days when you rise with the sun.

Journal Your Thoughts Weekly

It’s a habit that takes time to develop, but it is also one well worth the effort. If you struggle with anxiety, negative or racing thoughts that clutter your mind, writing in a journal can help calm your mind.

The next time you struggle with controlling your thoughts, take out a journal and write them all down. Whatever is running through your mind in the moment- jot it down. Being mindful of your thoughts and acknowledging them will help you keep your mind clear

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Be Present Right Here, Right Now

Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with life that we need to consciously bring ourselves back to the present. There have been countless moments where I’ve found myself thinking anxiously of the future. I worry about all of the things I still have yet to do and pick apart my future by every little detail until I’m scared straight.

Break your goals, actions and responsibilities down into smaller bits without thinking too far ahead into the future. Meditate, or sit in a quiet space and slowly bring yourself back to the present moment.

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Let Go of Toxic Relationships

Are you in a toxic friendship or relationship that no longer supports your growth, happiness or sense of self? If you feel that you’re in an unhealthy relationship that is doing more harm than good to both people involved, it may be time to let it go.

Sometimes in life, we come to the bittersweet realization that certain people are meant to enter our lives to teach us valuable life lessons, and then move on.

Do you have a healthy relationship with your phone and social media? Are you comparing yourself to others, checking up on an ex, or simply feeling worse after clicking through your feed? If so, it may be time to change that relationship, too.

How are you practicing self-care this fall? I’d love to hear your tips, advice and stories!

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  • NatalieLeanne

    I loved this post Diana, I struggle with the lack of daylight in Autumn (thankfully its been very sunny here lately for October) and I love journaling what I’m grateful for everyday as it makes me feel so positive! xx

    http://www.natalieleanne.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Natalie! I’m so glad you enjoy journaling as well. The lack of sunlight makes a difference for me too. Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  • This is such a lovely post with some really mindful self-care ideas! I love to spend some quiet down time in the evenings to journal, I definitely find that it calms my mind and helps to get all my thoughts written down. x

    Kayleigh | http://www.anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      I’m glad writing in your journal helps you too, Kayleigh. Thank you for stopping by! xx

  • JoannasCorner

    Such beautiful colours in the imagery! Love love love <3 Autumn is definitely my favourite time of year ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.joannascorner.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Joanna! I agree, I’ve always had a soft spot for Autumn, it’s so beautiful. Thank you for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love these tips Diana! Absolutely wonderful. My most FAVORITE is the early mornings. I am a morning person, but it’s even more enhanced during the Fall time. I love watching the sunrise over fiery colored leaves and beautiful, bright skies! Great post <3

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Ashton! I agree, who knew early mornings could be so good?! It’s gorgeous in the fall, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! xx

  • Thank you for this post! Recently I’ve been reading more and more about mindfulness, and I should actually practice it more. It can definitely make a change in how one feels and sees the world. I try to embrace early mornings, even though it gets very difficult sometimes, but it always means a new day is about to start and you can make what you want of it!

    Julia x
    http://www.juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      I’m happy to hear you’re working to practice mindfulness more often Julia, it really does help you start fresh and be thankful for what you do have. Thank you for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I try to get at least six hours of sleep a night, does that count as self care?

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Diana Maria

      Haha I’d say so! xx

  • RosieBaillie

    I love these photos, so autumny. i definitely feel better when I wake up earlier in the morning but I am horrible at actually waking up early.

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Rosie ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m the same way, it’s honestly my biggest challenge these days

  • I really want to start getting up a little earlier in the mornings to make the best use of time before rushing off to work. Self care in Autumn is so important

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      I think so too Steph ๐Ÿ™‚

  • These are such wonderful tips Diana, I am actually starting to get up earlier each day- you are so right about the calmness and stillness of the morning.
    I also think I need a social media detox!
    Another beautifully written and insightful post xx

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Peta, you’re always so kind! I’ve started doing the same, it’s so relaxing isn’t it?

  • Amy Eade

    Your photos are gorgeous! I’ve been saying for ages that I’m going to start a journal but keep putting it off – that’s something I definitely need to do though!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Amy! It’s really rewarding jotting down thoughts and moments into a journal, I hope you do ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I loved reading this post, it gives me so much positive energy. I try journalling regularly and find it really helps ease my mind. I also try to get up earlier in the morning because I have come to realise how peaceful that can be. Amazing post!

    x Annabelle
    travelsandtea.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Annabelle, I’m so glad you enjoyed the read ๐Ÿ™‚ Journalling is such a great thing to do to refresh xx