One of my favorite things about the changing of a season is the activities that a new season provides. I would have to argue that Fall boasts some of the best seasonal activities of the year, including Fall self-care activities.
Fall is a favorite among many “basic” moms, myself included, who eagerly await the release of Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte and head to the pumpkin patch to snap some adorable Instagram-worthy shots of the kids. All joking aside, there is something cozy and comforting about Fall. Not surprisingly, there are plenty of Fall self-care activities you can enjoy all season long.
Here are 34 Fall self-care activities for moms:
1. Get nostalgic. Pour yourself a glass of wine or make a cup of tea and watch your favorite Halloween movie from childhood. (Where my Hocus Pocus fans at?!)
2. Fill your home with the aromas of Fall. Stock up on Fall scented candles, fill a decorative bowl with cinnamon pine cones, or make your own stovetop potpourri. ADD RECIPE!
3. Volunteer. With the spirit of Thanksgiving, Fall tends to be the season of giving back. Volunteer a local food bank or donation center. Don’t have time to volunteer? Donate food, gently used clothing, and books. The whole family can get in on this one. Your kids can sort through their toys for donations, too.
4. Decorate (or not). Throw up some Fall decor, but don’t feel pressured to make it picture perfect. Studies show that decorating makes us happy, but if all it does is stress you out, then sit this one out.
5. Have coffee with a friend. Meet a close friend at your favorite coffee shop and order your favorite Fall drink. Sit down and chat about whatever’s on your mind.
6. Buy yourself some seasonal flowers or some potted succulents. Trader Joe’s always has a great selection, many for under $10 or even $5.
7. Try a new hobby. Great creative with a new craft project or learn something new. Try needlepoint, crochet, pottery, or painting.
8. Cozy up by the fire. Throw on a log, grab a good book, and hunker down with a blanket.
9. Try a new crockpot recipe. Whip up a hearty stew or seasonal soup.
10. Throw on a sweatshirt, leash up the dog, and go for a long walk on a crisp Fall morning.
11. Combat holiday hosting stress. Make Thanksgiving potluck style, assign dinner prep tasks to your husband and kids, or if hosting truly unhinges you, ask someone else to host and offer your help in return.
12. Avoid stressful shopping situations, like all that Black Friday madness. You just can’t beat the convenience and value of Amazon Prime. And now that Target and Walmart are competing with similar shipping options, you have even more options without having to get up off the couch.
13. Indulge in your favorite Fall flavors. Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg makes everything taste better.
14. Go shopping. New boots, a cute flannel, a chunky scarf – pick up a few cozy pieces to add to your Fall wardrobe.
15. Go get a manicure or paint your nails at home. Fall is the best time of year for darker, rich hues like plum, forest green, and deep browns.
16. Bake a pumpkin pie from scratch. Or, if baking is not your thing, enjoy store -bought.
17. Wear comfy, fuzzy socks as much as you can. Upgrade to slippers for more comfort and support.
18. Make your own spiced cider. It’s delicious and it makes the house smell amazing. You can even spike it, we won’t tell anyone.
19. Practice gratitude. Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for. If you journal, you can do this exercise in your journal.
20. Spend quality time with your family. Enjoy a fun fall activity together, like the pumpkin patch, or cozy up together on the couch for family movie night.
21. Combat cold-weather dry skin my moisturizing from head to toe.
22. Buy yourself new comfy and cozy pajamas, think fleece or flannel.
23. Go apple or pumpkin picking at a local farm.
24. Cozy up with your favorite blanket, turn on the sound machine, put on your sleep mask, and take a nap in the middle of the day.
25. Decorate or carve a pumpkin if you’re feeling festive and creative. If you carve, don’t forget to season and toast those pumpkin seeds for a healthy, delicious snack.
26. Attend a local Fall festival and enjoy all the things – festival food, live music, games, etc.
27. Get lost in the library or book store.
28. Volunteer your time at a local animal shelter. Donate blankets, toys, and pet food.
29. Read a book about hygge and put it into practice.
30. Go to a football game. Pack a thermos, a blanket, and some snacks and cheer on your home team.
31. Sneak out for a date with your partner. Go see a scary movie, go stargazing, or enjoy a Fall picnic.
32. Soak in a warm epsom salt bath.
33. Binge your favorite feel-good show. My favorites – This Is Us and Friends (always a classic).
34. Treat yourself to some seasonal beauty products – bath bombs, lotions, and body scrubs. Bath & Body Works always has some amazing scented Fall products and Lush carries some really fun Halloween bath bombs.
Fall is one of my favorite times to get cozy and really focus on self care, but really we should be practicing self care every single day. As moms, it’s so important to take care of our own well being to avoid burnout. If nothing else, use this festive and cozy season as a reason to really treat yourself with some of these simple Fall self care ideas.