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We made it this far! Mother nature is in her last show of colorful brilliance before her sleep. The days are becoming shorter and the weather cooler. This means our self care routine needs to be adjusted especially if it relies upon the early daylight or the warm weather. If you don’t have a self care routine check out this post Hello Routine, my old Friend maybe it will convince you to start one.
In this time where we still need to social distance and do more things alone, it is still important to keep up on your self care routine. Remember Covid won’t keep us shut up inside forever, it is just for now. Check out my post Life In The Time of Covid-19
I like to change a couple things in my routine for autumn, just like we change our diets and clothing somewhat for the cooler weather. If you want to change your sleep schedule to get up earlier, this is a great time to start with the shorter days coming up.
If there are other habits you would like to add to your daily routine, you can do that at any time. I find that the new habits are easier for me to add when the seasons change. In my mind the season change is always a good way to accept and apply change in my routine.
In the autumn I like to incorporate more lotions and body butters. As the weather gets cooler and cooler this dries out my skin, and taking more hot baths also dries out the skin. I am excited about this, I have some beautifully scented Moringa body butter (this one) I had to put up for the summer or should we call it mosquito season. If you are moisturizing throughout the year, maybe it is time for a season appropriate lotion or body butter like these Intense Hydration or something more Autumn Spiced.
This may be where you either need to change your exercise routine, have a backup plan for exercise due to bad weather, or wear more layers of clothing. It could be time to try something new like a 90 day program on DVD or join some friends for a fun exercise class on Zoom In the autumn, I still like to walk and hike, I just add the extra layers. On the rainy days I use one of my many exercise DVDs. My Favorite is still T-Tapp (this one)
I am no doctor, but I highly recommend getting a vitamin D3 supplement, I am already vitamin D deficient after having children even though I love being out in the sunshine. (I take these ones) to make up for the lack of vitamin D. It is said that lack of vitamin D from the sun during the autumn and winter months can cause Seasonal Effective Disorder or the Winter Blues. Getting enough vitamin D not only prevents the Winter Blues but also aids calcium absorption in your bones and boosts your immune system.
In times like right now and as flu season begins, we seriously need to keep our immune systems up to the challenge of taking care of us. As we get older we need all the help staying upright we can get.
This is always a necessity, no matter the time of year. I have noticed that the summer weather makes us notice our lack of hydration, but the cooler weather sucks it out of us just as easily but without our notice. Get in all the hydration you can get. Maybe try out some new herbal teas, I love some nice hibiscus tea. My favorite way to keep up on my hydration is to use my Bubba Cup (this one)
For Your Future Self
Have you been putting something off that would change your future? Maybe you want to become a business owner. Maybe you want to learn German for that upcoming vacation in the summer (it’s only 8 months away my friend). Maybe you want to take the classes to further your career. This is a great time to start a side hustle for passive income.
I cannot express this enough… DO IT! Do the things that your future self will thank you for. Get a planner (I LOVE and use this one) so you can make the plans, start the steps, stay accountable, and achieve your goals.
Changing up your routine seasonally not only helps you to adapt to the environmental changes but also keeps your routine fresh. I feel that much of the time we already do these things like hydrate, exercise, moisturize, but at different times of the year try something new in those categories to keep yourself engaged in your routine.
Whatever you choose to do to change up your routine or if you are just starting a routine, being consistent is key to a great self care routine. Keep at it everyday and you will build a great discipline to care for yourself.
What do you plan on changing in your routine?
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