Now Autumn is my favourite time of year and I live for the colder weather but I know it’s not for some and they can get quite blue this time of year. Either way, I’ve got some self-care tips whichever way you fall. This time of year is perfect for doing my favourite things I do to take some me time and check my mental health status.
Have a movie day: Stay indoors and get all cosy with fluffy blankets, snacks & hot chocolate. There anything nicer than shutting the world out for a while and being all cosy indoors.
This is a perfect solo activity but is also lovely with a pet to cuddle up to or your bestie. Watch Hocus Pocus or Gilmore Girls to get you in the Autumn mood. Alternatively, if you love witchy stuff & horror like me AHS Coven, Halloween & A Nightmare On Elm Street are some of my favs that I rewatch every year.
Buy an essential oil diffuser: Aromatherapy is something that’s been used for a long time, I swear by it. I use skincare with oils in and find products like a diffuser which you can change along with your mood are not only decorative but they help you relax.
There’s tons of great ones on Amazon for every price tag. They usually have clock, light and music features too. I love this Lumie one.
The Lumie IRIS 500 Body Clock is not only a diffuser but a SAD (
Seasonal Affective Disorder) lamp as well. I love its design and multipurpose features. I definitely need one of these when I can afford it’s ?160 price tag. Check it out on Amazon here.
Read a good book: Losing yourself for a while in a novel is a much-needed escape sometimes. Get comfortable and hunker down with your favourite read.
I have loved reading since I was a little girl. I had so much more time for it then, I miss that. When you’re dealing with things like depression and alcoholism a distraction can be such a good thing. It really helps you at times when you’re struggling.
Get plenty of sleep: I know it sounds simple and a bit obvious right? It kind of is but it’s also true. Try to not watch tv in bed and leave your phone on silent while you’re asleep.
I track my sleep with my Garmin watch and I’ve been sleeping much better lately when I only get into bed to go to sleep and not using my phone etc in bed. I leave it on the table and don’t touch it until I wake up in the morning.
Eat well: I am so miserable when I’m hungry or haven’t got any good food in the house. Never underestimate the power of chocolate and veggies.
I’m always broke at the end of the month with hardly any food in the house and I am so miserable for it. I’ll have all these recipes ideas and cravings and I can’t do it, I hate it. Plus there’s so much written on food and mood and I am a complete believer in it. Food affects my mood big time.
Have a bubble bath: A nice long soak with some music and candles. You could also watch a film to hold your interest if you find it hard to soak. Change your sheets, get the bathroom all set up with candles and your favourite lush products, pop on a facemask and relax.
Then afterwards put on your favourite cosy pyjamas and chill. You’ll have lovely smelling sheets to climb into later for a 5-star snooze, it’s the best feeling in the world.
Bake: I find baking bread or a cake so therapeutic. I often do this at stupid
This time of year is perfect for baking fresh bread and homemade soup. And you get to enjoy your lovely spoils when you’re done. Yum!
Visit a coffee shop: Take your laptop and do some work while sipping on a pumpkin spice latte and nibbling on some cake, or just have lunch and relax. You could also take some aesthetically pleasing photos for your blog/instagram.
A visit to Starbucks or your nearest big coffee chain is nice but if you have a favourite little cafe or something near you pay them a visit. I’m always into supporting small businesses and the local places have a charm I like. My favourite local is Ginger & Dobbs.
Visit a Pumpkin patch: Most places will have them this time of year and they’re so beautiful. It’s a nice little day out where you can pick a pumpkin or 2, take some photos and get lunch somewhere.
The nearest Pumpkin patch here in Sussex is the Sompting one which is great. They have activities for kids too so it’s a nice day out with the fam if you have children. You can check them out here.
Now self care and mental health isn’t all bubble baths and face masks for me so this post is very much a mixture of good all-round health and how I pick myself up when I’m down.
I’ve just been through a bad few months where it’s felt like nothing has helped. But I’ve come out the other side and wanted to share some things I try to boost my mood and occupy my mind. We’re all just doing the best we can. Remember that and above all be kind to yourself emotionally too.
*If this isn’t cutting it and you really need to talk to someone check out these useful helplines for whatever your circumstances might be.
I hope you enjoyed this post and that it helps you or someone you know.
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