These 20 self-care ideas for fall will help you enjoy the season and instantly improve your mood!
Fall season is the perfect time to recharge after the busy summer months. These activities will help you enjoy the season while providing some much needed self-care.
20 Self-Care Ideas for This Fall Season!
Make a delicious pumpkin recipe
Nothing screams fall like pumpkin dishes and desserts, and what better time than fall to try out a new pumpkin recipe. If you’re like me and you prefer your pumpkin in a dessert, make sure to try this delicious Cream Cheese Streusel Pumpkin Bread!
Treat yourself to seasonal flowers
Flowers can instantly lift your mood – they’re pretty to look at, smell great, and they can brighten up a space. Treat yourself to a beautiful bouquet of seasonal fall flowers, you don’t need a reason, just do it.
Splurge on a cozy blanket
Cool fall nights are the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new cozy blanket. From chunky knit throws to a moroccan pompom blanket, the options are endless.
Get a fall-inspired manicure
Fall is the perfect time to experiment with new nail polish hues. From classic colors like deep burgundy to softer neutrals, treat yourself to a fresh manicure to match the warmer fall foliage. My personal favorite – Good Knight by Essie.
Sip on your favorite fall drink
Cooler weather means it’s time to start enjoying your favorite fall drinks. Whether your go-to drink is hot apple cider or pumpkin spice latte, this is the season to indulge in a seasonal favorite. Need some inspiration, check out this list of delicious cozy drinks!
Watch a classic movie
Pop some popcorn, light a candle, and grab your warmest blanket. Enjoy a night in by catching up on some movie classics like You’ve Got Mail, Good Will Hunting or Friday Night Lights.
Try a new soup or chili recipe
Fall weather calls for comfort food like chili or a bowl of soup. Check out these delicious soup recipes for inspiration! If cooking is not your thing, just order from a local restaurant and enjoy.
Go on a nature walk
What better way to immerse yourself in nature than by going for a walk on a cool autumn day. Not only does walking benefit your body, it also has a positive impact on your mind and mood, so find a nearby park and take in the views.
Burn a fall-scented candle
Lighting up a fall-scented candle is so cliché, but it’s still one of my favorite things to do. Candles help create a warm ambiance, and adding your favorite fall scent can have a mood-boosting effect. Win-win.
Create a fall music playlist
Music can be therapeutic and has been shown to reduce stress, as well as have a calming effect. Create a playlist of your favorite fall-inspired beats to enjoy all season long.
Spend a rainy day reading
This next self-care idea for fall is one my favorites – reading! Cool and rainy fall days are the perfect excuse to spend the day curled up reading. Grab a cup of hot cider, turn off your phone, and immerse yourself in the pages of a fabulous book.
Go apple picking
Take a trip to a local orchard and go on an apple-picking date with your family or friends. There is just something relaxing about being outdoors on a crisp fall day, and picking your own delicious apples is an added bonus.
Unplug from social media for a day
If you find that you’re feeling burned out, step away from social media and do something you enjoy offline. Taking a break from social media can help you refocus and reenergize.
Visit a pumpkin patch
A visit to a pumpkin patch will bring out the kid in you. Enjoy a hay ride, find the perfect pumpkin to take home, take photos with the best fall backdrop, and enjoy a hot (melt in your mouth) apple cider donut.
Have an at-home spa day
If a fancy spa doesn’t fit in your budget, treat yourself to an at-home spa day and get the same relaxing benefits. Play some music, light up a few candles, put on a face mask, and soak in your tub with your favorite bubbly.
Enjoy a bonfire with s’mores
Chilly fall nights and bonfires go hand in hand. Add all the trimmings to create tasty s’mores, and you have yourself the perfect setting for a fun storytelling night around the fire pit.
Spend time with your favorite people
The fall season tends to be very busy for most families. Between fall sports and the start of a new school year, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of a busy schedule. Making time to spend with your family and friends is just another way to practice self-care.
Create a gratitude journal
Did you know that writing in a gratitude journal can help retrain your brain to be thankful? Yup! Don’t make it complicated, simply jot down the small things you’re thankful for each day until it becomes a habit.
Go on a scenic drive
The fall season is when nature likes to show off, so take a scenic drive and enjoy the stunning foliage. Make it a family affair, this can be the perfect opportunity to connect with your loved ones or spouse.
Say no without the guilt
Sports games, parties, and school activities will be plentiful during the fall season. It’s OK to say no and give yourself some grace. Sometimes self-care requires us to say no to others in order to say yes to ourselves.