Fall is here, so it’s time to welcome crisp, cool air and pumpkin pies. Although fall can sometimes be stressful, it is also a season of transition. It allows you to appreciate the value of change and to be thankful for what you have. 

Much like the rest of the year, self-care is important during fall as you prepare for the holidays, start school and more. Whether you enjoy pumpkin carving, apple picking or watching your favorite scary movie, engaging in fall-themed self-care can help you thrive and enjoy the season. Read on to discover the different activities you and your loved ones can participate in to relax and improve your wellbeing. 

  • Decorate for fall. Whether you buy fall-themed wreathes, pumpkins or scarecrows, decorating your home for the season can help you relax. The way your home looks and feels can also affect your mood, according to a recent study. Try adding some soothing candles or warmly colored blankets.  
  • Bake fall-themed treats. Fall is the perfect time to bake your favorite sweet treat, from pumpkin spice to apple pie. Whether you like brownies, cookies or pies, baking can help unleash your creativity and reduce stress. The comforting smells and familiar routine of baking can help induce feelings of calm and nostalgia, and consuming food you love can improve your mood and add a smile to your face. 
  • Carve a pumpkin. There’s hardly a more iconic fall activity than pumpkin carving! This relaxing but artistic activity can help distract you from the everyday demands of life. Take in the sweet smell of pumpkin and channel your creativity with a fun design. 
  • Go on a nature walk. Studies show that taking walks and getting fresh air can help reduce anxiety and tension. Whether you’re surrounded by loved ones or need to take some time to yourself, observing the leaves changing color as you walk can help you be mindful and appreciate life in the moment. 
  • Go apple picking. For a fun, outdoor activity, try going apple picking. This can be a chance to bond with friends or family, exercise and enjoy fresh fruit. When you are stuck inside working, this can affect your wellbeing. Taking a break to participate in this fall-favorite pastime can be a fun form of self-care. 
  • De-clutter your summer wardrobe. The season is changing, which means it’s time to dig out some flannel and jeans to wear. Studies show that cleaning can help improve focus. Taking just five minutes out of your day to de-clutter can also reduce stress and anxiety. 

Pumpkin picking, Thanksgiving and cozy sweaters are just some of the reasons why people look forward to fall. Whatever activities you decide to embark on, don’t forget to have a happy fall! 

Source: SupportLinc EAP