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 present in the moment.
Here is a list of helpful self-care routines to practice this fall
Be Mindful of Early Mornings
This is one of the most beneficial changes I’ve made to my routine. 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
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.
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!