October is here. The air is crisp, school is back in session, women are starting to wear boots and men are pulling out their plaid. Pumpkin spiced latte season is here and many people are rejoicing.
While those things are nice, the transition from summer to fall can be a challenging time of year, especially for those with autoimmune conditions. I’m not sure of the science or reason behind it, but I think it's probably due to cooler temps and less daylight. With this transition into fall, I’m kicking off three-week self-care practice. Over the next 21 days I challenge us to slow down and spend a few minutes each day focusing self-care.
Because self-care is different for everyone I've compiled a list of ideas you can do. You can repeat ones that make you feel really good or try a new one each day. I'm going to be using #3weeksofselfcare on Facebook and Instagram. You are welcome to follow along or post your own journey. My hope is this self-care practice will help you activate your resilience and teach you new ways to care for yourself. I will be doing these in order, but do what works best for you and your schedule. This challenge is not about stress and adding another thing. It is about slowing down and being intentional.
Spend time caring for your nails or your skin
Write out 10 things you are grateful for and put it somewhere you will see it
Take a mindful walk outside where all you focus on is being in the moment
Sit in the sun and feel it’s warmth
Go out to coffee with someone you adore
Watch a funny movie without distraction and laugh!
Try a new recipe and appreciate the journey that your ingredients took to make it to your kitchen. Be mindful and present while preparing it.
Attend a yoga class or follow along to a YouTube yoga video
Unsubscribe from emails that no longer serve you
Cut the time you spend online and in front of TV by 1/2 (or cut it out 100%)!
Call someone you love
Do the thing that's been on your to-do list forever and be proud of yourself
Take a nap
Do something fun or creative that when you do it you lose track of time
Send an appreciative text to someone and tell them why they are important to you
Go to bed a little earlier than normal
Choose to read rather than watch TV
Watch an inspirational TED talk
Stretch your body and be grateful for it
Take a relaxing bath
With most things, if we don’t plan them, they won’t happen. I challenge you to take time today to set your intention to make yourself a priority over the next 21 days. Schedule it out on your calendar or add reminders in your phone today so you can be successful tomorrow (and the twenty days that follow).