Your Self-Care Plan for The Fall: 7 Activities to Take Better Care of Yourself 68

Your Self-Care Plan for The Fall: 7 Activities to Take Better Care of Yourself

The following article is a guest post.

Button yourself up in pumpkin spice and phenomenal foliage this autumn, and don’t miss these fall-inspired self-care ideas:

Autumn Self-Care Plan

1. Exercise Outside.

As the temperatures cool down and the landscape transforms into radiant golds, reds, oranges, and yellows, take advantage of opportunities to exercise outdoors.

Perhaps it is going for a hike with friends, cycling around the neighborhood while the sun sets, or even joining an outdoor yoga class. There are a multitude of opportunities to stay active outside during the fall.

Just be mindful of shorter days and cooler weather, and go prepared with layers and extra lighting (flashlight, headlamp, etc) as needed.

2. Take a Warm Bath.

Ease the day’s tensions and release the shivers of that first autumn cold snap with a warm bath before bed.

In addition to cleansing and hydrating your skin, a warm bath can help relieve that annoying seasonal sinus pressure as well as reduce muscle pain. Cooling off from a warm bath right before bed has also been shown to help promote better and longer sleep.

Take your bath up a notch by lighting a couple candles, playing calming music, and using a bath bomb with a scent you find relaxing. This will be a great addition to your evening routine, and to your self-care plan for the season.

3. Add Scents to Your Home.

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The aromas of pumpkin spice lattes, Thanksgiving dinner cooking, and holiday cookies baking seem to permeate the final few months of the year. But did you know, some fall scents can actually boost your brain health?

Peppermint has been shown to enhance cognitive functioning and relieve pain. Cinnamon may aid memory. Vanilla can elevate feelings of joy and relaxation, and pumpkin might even serve as an aphrodisiac.

Find candles, incense, or essential oils with your favorite fragrances of the season and smell on.

4. Incorporate Fall Superfoods.

Take your autumn meal planning to the next level this season by incorporating fall superfoods that are both symbolic of the season as well as super healthy or you. Rich with potassium, acorn and butternut squash can be melded into sweet and savory dishes.

Vitamin C-loaded cruciferous veggies including cauliflower, kale, and broccoli are must-have additions to salads and grain dishes. And sweet potatoes packed with Vitamin A are an obvious addition to any holiday meal and self-care plan.

5. Volunteer.

The final months of the year are ripe with service opportunities as nonprofits and charities are looking for generous holiday givers.

Sign up to volunteer at a local fall festival or Thanksgiving charity run. Pitch in at a neighborhood or river clean up. Do something simple and nice for an elderly neighbor like raking their leaves or making them a warm meal.

Whatever you decide to do, prioritize giving back and helping others this season. Caring for others is one of the greatest ways to take care of yourself.

6. Create a Holiday Bucket List.

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Fall paves the way to what often ends up being a somewhat chaotic holiday season. Once Halloween rolls around it’s all meal planning, shopping, travel scheduling, visiting family, you get the picture.

Take the fresh pause Autumn offers to make your holiday bucket list. That’s a list that captures all the things you want to accomplish this holiday season. It might include volunteering as a bell ringer, seeing a holiday lights show, or planning that weekend trip you’ve been eyeing for months.

7. Address Pain Points.

Don’t go into the homestretch of the year with a ho-hum attitude of “this is as good as it gets.” If chronic pain or a sports injury has you avoiding social gatherings, skipping workouts, and dreading the holidays, take the time now to address it and find a solution.

Even if you’re sporting an arm sling for an injured shoulder, or stuck in a knee brace and discouraged from running for a month. There are still ways to stay active and find happiness this season. Try a different exercise activity. Ask for help. Prioritizing your own health, happiness and self-care plan can go a long way to helping you topple your frustrations.

8. Go For a Walk.

It sounds so simple, but can an early morning walk in fall really benefit your own well-being? Absolutely.

The crisp, cool air of fall mornings foster the perfect environment for wrapping up and taking a walk. Also, the changing colors of your surroundings and very presence through nature can help lower stress levels and boost your attentiveness.

A simple walk also affords you a window of time in the day to simply relax. :et your thoughts wander to the ideas and daydreams that make you feel joyful and calm.

That’s how a good self-care plan for the fall looks like. Where will you begin?

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.