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Sometimes the colder weather can lead to us not prioritizing self-care. It’s important that you don’t let this happen as it can really derail your mental health. I love Autumn and this time of year, but this isn’t the same for everyone. I have decided to share some more seasonal self-care tips by writing these autumn self-care ideas.
Create a cosy corner
I’ve been reading The Little Book Of Hygge by Meik Wiking lately. Hygge is a Danish word for the concept of warmth and cosiness. I love it because it’s what Autumn is all about for me. In the first few pages, Wiking talks about creating a hygge corner for reading etc.
You can make it however you want, but here are my essentials:
- Candles/wax melts
- Fairy lights
- Cup of tea or hot chocolate* in a cute mug
- Pyjamas → They are one of my few exceptions for buying new as they are guaranteed to get plenty of use
Walk through the leaves
This is one of my favourite things to do in Autumn! I like it best when I’m walking, all wrapped up in a winter coat whilst sipping a hot chocolate in my travel mug*. That’s one of my favourite moments of the year. I pause to take some photos of the beautifully coloured trees, leaves, pine cones and conkers. Walking through leaves really improves my mental health.
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Start baking or cooking
I feel like baking and cooking are such cosy things to do, so Autumn or Winter are perfect for this. Let’s be honest, the recipes are better when it’s colder. There’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, Bonfire Night etc. so there are lots of occasions for you to host and share your new skills!
If you are looking for something mega simple, check out my super simple recipes for 3 fun Halloween Treats 🎃
Look after your skin
It’s important to look after your skin all year round. In the summer SPF is hyped to the max, though it’s best to wear it all year round because the sun rays are still there. It doesn’t matter if it’s cold.
But what I actually wanted to talk about is looking after your hands. It is essential that you put on hand cream when you can. In the colder seasons, our skin tends to become drier. A few years back, I just didn’t care and my hands got so cracked that they bled and it hurt to move them. Please don’t let them get so bad that it hurts to put hand cream on. Look after your skin ❤
Reading is one of those activities that you can enjoy no matter the time of year. I’m 100% a romance genre reader, but I’m sure lots of people love to pick up horror books for Halloween. As tempting as Waterstones is, you can borrow a book from a friend or family member, join a library or buy a second-hand book. Second-hand September may be near the end, but it’s important to keep up those habits you may have formed, as well as remembering that clothes aren’t the only items that can be second-hand. I’ve found so many book gems in charity shops, and I’ve just joined my local library whilst I’m at University.
Have a bath or shower
The idea of a warm and bubbly bath, maybe with a lush bath bomb in there sounds perfect. However, I can’t relax in a bath. I don’t know quite what it is, I just can’t sit still long enough for it to be worth using all that water. For some, it helps with period pains or chronic illness pains, others like to read in the bath.
I like to have a shower bomb in the shower. It’s the best part of a bath but you only need a small amount. My favourite shower bomb is Sleepy from Lush, it will leave you smelling lovely!
Watch Gilmore Girls
Is there another show that is more autumnal than Gilmore Girls? Make a hot chocolate, pop some popcorn and relax! Gilmore Girls is everything and more. This is the perfect form of self-care for me!
Tick something off your Autumn bucket list
You know I love a bucket list and if you need any inspiration, check out my Autumn bucket list 2020! There’s something so satisfying about ticking something off a list.
Have a lie-in
In the summer, I mentioned the benefits of waking up early. However, that was when we had long days and it wasn’t dark when we woke up! Often when I wake up for University, it’s dark outside which makes it hard to get up and often I’m left feeling tired. On the weekends it’s nice to have a lie-in. I know, I know, you are probably really busy and might need to wake up early. But, this weekend, treat yourself and have a lie-in!
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Do some Autumnal crafts
I love all things creative. Whether it be painting flowers and sunsets or taking nature photos and trying out some DIY. I’m not the best at coming up with DIY ideas, I leave that to Pinterest – P.S are you following me over there? One thing that I have been wanting to do for literally years, is making an Autumn wreath. I won’t have much of a chance to do that this year with Uni, but I do want to try and decorate my room for each of the seasons.
Related post: Autumn craft ideas for kids by The Mama Project
Write down everything you love about Autumn
Another Autumn self-care idea is writing a list of what you like about this season. Even if it isn’t your favourite season, it’s important to look at the positives. One of my favourite things to do is to write lists and once you have written your list, you can do more of the things you love 🧡
Do you have any Autumn self-care ideas? Let me know in the comments x
Best wishes, Cx