19 Self Care Ideas For Fall

This fall embrace your happiest, most basic self with these self care ideas to make this your healthiest autumn yet.

1 | Pick up some fresh fall veggies from a u-pick farm.

This website can help you find u-pick farms in your area if you’re not ~in the loop~ with local farmers (yet). 

2 | Spend time outside at a pumpkin patch, corn maze, or apple orchard with friends.

Getting time outdoors every day is so important for your physical and mental health. Making it fun and social? Even better. 

3 | Try a Halloween-themed workout to get in the mood.

These workouts are a good option if the gym is your thing, but if you’re more into binge-watching Buffy reruns, you can try this badass workout at home while you get your Buffy on. 

4 | Soak up the seasonal spirit with a scented bath bomb or bubble bar.

Did you really need an excuse to check out Lush’s Halloween skincare haul

5 | Make a DIY moisturizing face mask to save your skin as the weather gets cooler.

Here are a few recipes to try this fall. 

6 | Go on a scavenger hunt outdoors to find fall items.

Look for colorful fall leaves, acorns, basic b’s drinking PSL’s… (jk, love you guys. xoxo, a basic iced coffee b) 

7 | Speaking of which, whip up some classic fall-friendly drinks at home.

Pick your poison and try a homemade PSL, apple cider, or hot cocoa with a twist. 

8 | Give Sober October a try if you want or need a break from alcohol.

Here are some alcohol-free soft cocktail recipes you can try if you’re curious but also love a good mixed drink. 

9 | Get a light therapy lamp to help prevent seasonal depression and keep your energy up in the dark autumn months (buy it now, thank me later).

There are a ton of options out there, but I’ve had this one for two years now and it’s been life-changing (plus: not it’s official use, but the white light is nice for taking Instagram pics, too). 

10 | Take advantage of the rainy weather and bundle up with some books.

Here’s a list of new-ish books you might want to check out if your bookshelf has been getting dusty lately.Also: I just read BJ Novak’s collection of short stories One More Thing, and it’s now in my top ten list of favorite books, so definitely check that out if you like laughing to yourself awkwardly in public or pondering the human condition (or whatever). 

11 | Invest in some hygge home essentials, like candles, cozy blankets, and did I mention candles? The Danish really love themselves some candles.

The Little Book of Hygge is a good place to start if you want to learn more about how the Danish create a sense of coziness and contentment in their lives. 

12 | Eat seasonal.

Apples, pears, and pomegranates are amazing in autumn, and pumpkins, squash, and sweet potatoes shine this season, too! 

13 | Pick up a creative hobby for those Sundays when it’s too wet out to explore.

You could try bullet journaling, drawing, writing, hand lettering, or even something more STEM-based like coding (yes, coding can be creative, too). 

14 | Do your future self a favor and start budgeting for the holidays (I know, blah, blah, blah, but financial wellness is a thing, too).

If you haven’t found a budgeting tool you like yet, you might want to try this one that gives you a daily budget to work with instead of forcing you to try to plan your entire life out at once. Finance darling Dave Ramsey’s book is a good place to start, too, if you’re ready to do a deep-dive into tackling your money this fall. 

15 | Shop your closet.

Before you invest in new sweaters and leggings this fall, go through the fall-friendly clothes you tucked away last spring and see what’s worth saving (and what needs to be donated).If you really want to double-down on simplifying your wardrobe, you could create a cold weather capsule wardrobe for the season to make getting ready in the morning a breeze (literally). You can read more about how to create a capsule wardrobe here

16 | Start a flexibility training routine if you haven’t already.

You already know how important strength training and cardio are, but don’t sleep on flexibility. Yoga is a classic option if you’re looking to break out your inner Elastigirl, but here’s a good place to start if yoga’s not really your ~thing~. 

17 | Don’t forget the sunscreen.

Summer’s over, but SPF season is every season. Look for a moisturizer with built-in SPF. (No, your SPF-loaded makeup isn’t enough – there’s no way you’re using enough to get the UVA protection.) 

18 | (Trick or) Treat yourself to your favorite Halloween candy.

This is the only time of the year you can buy pumpkin-shaped Reeses. Act accordingly. 

19 | Plan a hang-out with some friends to carve pumpkins and watch your favorite Halloween movies.

Getting messy carving pumpkins is a great way to get social. Dress up in a costume or Halloween pj’s and hit play. Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown (+ its sequels), and The Addam’s Family are all classics, but cheesy horror movies from the ’50’s can be a good time, too. 

Have a happy (+ healthy) fall!

♥ Meg

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