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Self Care for Autumn- the season of change

As the leaves paint the world in red, orange, and gold hues, and the air turns crisp with the promise of colder days ahead, fall emerges as a season of transformation. It is a time to work on shedding the worries of the past and for a season of self-reflection and renewal.

It may seem cliché that nature uses fall to show us that letting go can be beautiful, but it is true. Fall offers a unique opportunity to reconnect with yourself and embrace self-care. The Canadian Mental Health Association advises that self-care is about self-protection – it should be a requirement, not an extravagance (2021). This autumn, explore delightful ways to nourish your body, mind, and spirit.

Moments Amidst Nature

One of the greatest gifts of fall is the breathtaking beauty of nature's transformation. Take advantage of this by taking long walks in the park, hiking through colourful forests, or simply sipping your morning coffee on the deck. Engaging with nature allows you to clear your mind and fill your senses with the season's soothing sights, sounds, and scents.

Don't let the cooler weather significantly deter you from staying active since the pesky mosquitos have retreated. Embrace outdoor activities like hiking, biking, or even yoga in a park filled with fallen leaves, either solo or with others. Physical activity can boost mood, improve health, and may help you feel more connected to the season.

Warmth and Comfort

As temperatures drop, it's time to embrace the cozy comforts of fall. Wrap yourself in your favourite blanket, light some scented candles, and sip on a cup of hot tea or cocoa. Allow yourself to unwind, read a good book, or watch your favourite movies. Transforming your personal space along with nature by creating a warm and appealing space can be the ultimate act of self-care during this season.

Consider decluttering your living space as the seasons move from summer to fall. Remove items you no longer need by recycling or donating, and organize your surroundings. A clean, tidy space can create a sense of order and tranquillity.

Nourish Your Body with Fall Flavors

Fall and the accompanying harvest offer delicious, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Head to your local Fall Fair or farmers' market and stock up on pumpkins, apples, butternut squash, and other fall produce. Experiment with new recipes or enjoy the warmth and comfort of homemade soups and pies. Plan a canning party with friends where you can prepare in advance for the coming fall months. Nutrient-rich fall foods can keep your body healthy and energized as the days become shorter and the temperature drops.

Autumnal Self-Reflection and Connection

Fall is an excellent time for self-reflection. It's a perfect time to journal your thoughts, goals, and aspirations. What do you hope to achieve by the end of the year? What are you thankful for? Embrace the introspective nature of fall and use it as a tool for personal growth and gratitude.

Autumn often heralds the beginning of holiday festivities. Make efforts to connect with family and friends, whether it's through small gatherings, virtual hangouts, or even handwritten letters. Human connections are essential for your well-being, and fall provides the perfect backdrop for fostering them.

Lastly, remember to practice gratitude daily. Take a moment each day to reflect on the things you're thankful for, whether it's the changing leaves, a warm cup of tea, or the love of your family. When we foster an attitude of gratitude, it can provide a profound and lasting positive impact on our well-being.

Embracing self-care in the fall season is a beautiful way to honour the changing rhythms of nature and reconnect with yourself. Whether you're enjoying the beauty of autumn, savouring seasonal flavours, or spending quality time with loved ones, fall provides ample opportunities for rejuvenation and reflection. So, please make the most of this cozy season and let it inspire you to nurture your body, mind, and spirit.

By: Lisa Folino

All images from Microsoft 360 Word, September 30, 2023.

Canadian Mental Health Association. (2021, May 20). Take 15 minutes just for you - cmha ontario. CMHA Ontario.

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