Self-Care Rituals for Autumn
September 26, 2022
The nights are growing longer, the days are becoming cooler and the leaves have begun to change; there is a perceptible shift in the air, signaling that summer is fading into autumn. The fall equinox occurs each year in the Northern Hemisphere around September 21–24, bringing day and night into equilibrium and marking the first official day of fall.
Autumn can be a busy time of year: students and their families are still getting into the swing of back to school season, and plans for various gatherings and holidays are being made. There are only a few months left until the end of the year, creating added pressure to meet personal goals or wrap up big projects before the holiday season commences.
But autumn also invites us to slow down and embrace the spirit of rest. All around us, the natural world is preparing for its annual slumber. You can use these seasonal changes to inspire your own self care practices that will support you through the darker, colder months ahead.
Discover a few of our favorite self-care rituals for autumn, plus delicious and healthful fall teas to sip this season.
The decreased amount of sunlight in autumn and winter can heighten the risk of depression in some people. Gratitude journaling is a wonderful way to support mental health and boost your mood. Transform Thanksgiving from a single day into an entire season by writing down at least one thing you are grateful for every day. Studies have shown that expressing gratitude can help increase feelings of happiness and overall life satisfaction.
Make gratitude journaling a part of your morning or evening routine. Light a scented candle to create a cozy ambience, steep a cup of caffeine–free Caramel Apple Red Tea and let your thoughts flow freely as you reflect and write.
Spend Time in Nature
As the days become shorter and chillier, it can be tempting to hibernate indoors. But getting outside into the fresh air and sunshine is important for keeping your circadian rhythm on track. A daily walk through the neighborhood or your local park can replenish your energy levels and reduce stress, helping you feel capable of conquering your to–do list.
Turn your daily stroll into a walking meditation by practicing mindfulness. Notice the vibrant colors of the fall foliage, hear the crunch of leaves underfoot and feel the crisp air on your skin. Not only will this practice help you connect with and appreciate the beauty of nature, but it can also bring your thoughts back to the present. Steep a cup of Pumpkin Spice Black Tea in a travel mug and savor the taste of autumnal warming spices as you sip and walk.
Nourish with Seasonal Foods
Mealtime provides a potent opportunity to prepare your body, mind and spirit for the changing seasons. Turn dinnertime into a mindful ritual by opting for seasonal foods that will help you celebrate the bounty of the harvest while strengthening your body’s natural defenses.
Soups, stews and broths can be loaded up with nutrient–rich vegetables and herbs that may support immunity and overall wellness. Spices such as turmeric and cinnamon are thought to have warming properties in many healing traditions, and may lift the spirit and boost energy levels. Reminiscent of apple cider infused with cloves, cardamom, ginger and other spices, Hot Apple Cider Tea is the perfect seasonal sipper.
Cleanse Your Space
Spring cleaning may get all the attention, but fall cleaning is equally important. Whether you are planning to host guests during the holidays or will be cozying up at home on your own, getting your space organized now can positively impact your mood and reduce stress later on. Plus, it is nice to have a clean slate for seasonal decorating.
Tackle the usual chores like dusting, mopping and wiping, but also consider giving your home an energetic cleanse. This might take the form of decluttering and rearranging furniture to improve the flow of energy, or burning incense to clear away stagnant energies. When you are finished, prepare a cup of Organic Golden Pumpkin Tea and light a scented candle. Spend a few mindful moments appreciating the calm, cozy atmosphere of your home.
Autumn is a transitional time. Making self-care a priority can keep your energy levels from being depleted, so you can navigate these seasonal changes with more ease. We hope these self–care rituals for autumn help you fill your cup and embrace the magic of the season.