Self-Care in the Fall: Lifestyle Changes for the Season

 

The fall season is often regarded as a time of preparation and the busy holiday season yet to come. Cold and flu season is also on the horizon, and you want to make sure you don’t catch either this year.

Businesses are gearing up for end-of-the-year sales and close-outs, and that puts extra pressure on everyone, from holiday shoppers bombarded with ads to CEOs worried about their bottom lines. Then, in the midst of it all, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer and colder as one year ends and a new year approaching.

This makes fall prime-time for stress, sickness, self-doubt, second-guessing and (you probably guessed it) self-care! In this article, learn about six essential self-care tips that can transform your fall season from chaotic into calm.

1. Set a Goal  Each Morning and Write it Down  

It is scientifically proven that people who set goals and write them down are more likely to achieve those goals than those who did not.

Goals don’t have to be just about how many minutes you spend on the treadmill or which rooms in your house get cleaned this weekend. Goals can be more in-depth and long-term. For instance, your goals for the year-end might be to increase your savings or steps to improve the upcoming year.

These goals are intentions – you can think of them like goals-in-progress that may take more than just one day (or one year) to achieve. Yet they are so satisfying, and your heart breathes a sigh of relief as you acknowledge them and write them down and make that commitment.  Writing down your goals will make it seem more realistic.

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 Pick a Motto or Mantra for the Fall Season  

Dalai Lama quoted “Whenever possible, be kind. It is always possible.” This is just one great example of a guiding motto or mantra that may help you get through the day with more grace and peace even with the tumultuous changes of the fall season.

Think of a mentor or an inspiring individual you look up to and use their example to select a motto or mantra you can repeat to yourself, post on your car dashboard and bathroom mirror, journal about at night and reflect on when you are feeling down or stressed.

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 Catch a Few Rays Each Day  

It is no secret that fall season marks the beginning of the shortest daylight cycles of each year. With the cool weather and lack of sunlight, many people struggle to maintain a positive mood.

For people who work long hours indoor, this might mean you are getting up before sunrise and getting home in the dark, leaving you with limited opportunity to absorb sunlight.

This year, try to get outside every day even if it is just for a few minutes during your breaks or lunch time to soak in some sunlight. This will improve your mental health and centering your body clock. You may also want to invest in a sun lamp (some people call these “happy lights”) to catch a few artificial rays at your desk or breakfast table.

Add Beauty to Your Day with Essential Oils  

Fall is a time of sensuous scents, from fresh pumpkin pie to apples and cinnamon and other traditional favorites. It can be tempting to splurge on commercial candles, car or home air fresheners or perfumes that evoke the spirit of fall.

Unfortunately, many of these products reproduce our favorite fall fragrances using toxic chemicals that are bad for our body and our health. Instead, consider adding essential oils to your daily routine.

Beautiful essential oils can replace chemical perfumes. And diffusers – which you can make yourself with a little bottle, a few twigs from the trees outside and carrier oil to mix your essential oils with – are a great way to add fall smells to your car, home, and workspace.

Start a Laughter Practice  

No one is quite sure who first said “laughter is the best medicine,” but to date, no one has been able to disprove this statement. Laughter is good for the body, the mind, the heart, and the spirit – plus, it is fun.

There are all kinds of ways to add a bit of laughter into your day. Perhaps you can add your favorite comedian to your music scream, or you can save some of  favorite funny video clips on YouTube and watch them whenever you need a touch of laughter in your life.

A desk calendar of funny images or quotes can add instant smile to you and visitors. Funny holiday cards can also guarantee a laugh for you as well.

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 Keep Moving  

As the temperatures drop, it can feel oh-so-tempting to hide away until the warmth returns. However, when fall comes, so does the changing of the leaves, the scent of fireplaces coming to life, the calling of birds as they fly south for the winter and so many other magical lovelinesses you won’t see at any other time of year.

Getting outside helps your body detoxify and oxygenate, and moving gets your mind unstuck and your heart rate up. You can use this time to exercise so that you can eventually enjoy the once-a-year holiday delicacies without worrying about the calories. Best of all, you give yourself precious you-time to simply breathe and take advantage of the comfortable fall weather.

Get Enough Sleep

Finally, there is simply no replacement for sleep. Your brain depends on sleep to detoxify, organize, destress and heal. So, does your body. Not only will getting enough sleep ensure a better, productive tomorrow, but ultimately it will protects against a range of  diseases and health concerns later in life, including Alzheimer’s disease.

With these seven tips, you can look forward to a lighter and calmer fall season for yourself and loved ones.

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