We all have moments where life is too stressful and we feel like there is no escaping it. These days can come on quickly and we need to soothe ourselves just as quickly because walking around and interacting with others when we are in distress can only cause more distress. My easiest way to combat these stressful times is to take time for myself as soon as I can and try to get back to a state of moderate stress instead of overwhelming stress. I do this with a self-care routine and I thought I’d share my self-care routine for fall.
In the colder months, it is easy to sit inside all day and not get the fresh air and reverie we need. Pushing yourself to get outside even if for ten minutes is going to bring light back to your day and you will feel refreshed and happier, I promise.
My next step in self-care is to tidy up your spac.e. We often neglect our rooms or apartments or houses if we are under large amounts of stress so now is the time to look after your home and give it a clean, even if it’s just picking your clothes off your bedroom floor. I personally like to clean my bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom and do things like changing the sheets on my bed, or just simply emptying and loading the dishwasher.
I like to journal. I journal in a few different ways but when I really need to feel better I journal all the things in my mind that I cannot seem to express with words out loud. It is sometimes so overwhelming to have too many thoughts in our heads at once so getting them out on paper allows some room to be filled with better, more positive thoughts.
One of the most calming things for me is to take care of my physical body, and with that, I like to do yoga for relaxation and for stretching. Sometimes I do a small workout to get my sweat and stress out. After I do some sort of physical activity I like to do a little pamper session with a shower where I spend time doing a scrub, hair mask, etc. I usually use warmer/sweeter scents for lotions and perfumes during the fall.
Tea is one of my favorite things to drink in my everyday routine but it’s even more relaxing when I’m focusing on self-care and have been relaxing prior. After enjoying some tea, I love to watch relaxing Youtube videos, like Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup tutorials (she has such a soothing voice) or ASMR videos before I go to bed.
Overall, just taking time to myself is the best way to practice self-care for me.
I hope you all have a relaxing evening!