Essential Self-Care Techniques this Fall
With the temperatures and weather changing, your mental health might be affected. It’s a time of change that can affect your mood, actions, and even how you think about yourself. This means it becomes even more important to consciously prioritize your well-being so you don’t fall into the trap of the changing seasons. Self-care techniques can be difficult for many people: not knowing where to start, how to go about it, or even doubting if it will work. Self-care needs to be constant. Finding your routine and sticking to it will keep your mentality and overall wellness strong throughout the colder months.
1. Practice healthy habits
Getting back to healthy fundamentals in your daily life is a simple way to perfect your self-care routine and provide some immediate results. Starting with your sleep schedule, it should be in your best interest to get as much sleep as possible without oversleeping and spending a majority of time in bed. Many people with sleeping disorders can have a tough time counting sheep at night, but finding resources and a routine can help you overcome this. Start by looking into the different types of sleep disorders and learning the basics. Watch what you eat and drink before bed, create a soothing sleeping environment, or even try meditating to calm your inner-thoughts before you sleep.
Next, make sure you’re crafting a healthy diet and that you’re keeping track of the food and drink you’re putting into your body. Although healthy foods might not be the favorites for many people, fruits and vegetables offer vitamins and nutrients that keep your body feeling good and healthy. Plus, foods like fatty fish, broccoli, and blueberries can improve your mental health by sending stimulating nutrients to your brain to help it perform better.
Finally, introducing (or continuing) an exercise routine into your daily life can help you boost your self-esteem and drive during the fall. Not only does working out give you the physical benefits of improving your body, but it also can boost your mentality during the colder autumn days. A gym visit can offer you a challenge each and every day and can be a great way to escape your home or daily life for an hour or two to get your mind off things. Decide what time works best for you, whether that be early in the morning or late at night and make it a staple of your day.
2. Embrace your body and look
During the fall, many people can lack the motivation to upkeep their looks and as a result, dislike their body image and appearance. There are different ways to cope with this, and self-care techniques are an easy way to improve your self-esteem about the way you look. A great place to start is by trying out a new look.
For men, visit your barber and get a new haircut or try different shaving products to help you get a new facial hairstyle that will turn heads and make you stand out. Likewise, for women, experiment with new styles of clothing you wouldn’t normally wear or make a fashion statement with new makeup or jewelry that makes you feel good. Overall, the general sentiment is that experiencing new things with your appearance can improve your self-image and confidence.
3. Surround yourself with love
For many people that struggle with their mental health, it can be hard to be social. Leaving the house, communicating with their friends, and even going on social media can be tough. Plus, with the added element of fall, it can be easy to remain in bed and watch TV instead of socializing with your friends and family. To combat this, it’s essential to step outside your comfort zone and get outside and spend time with people you love and that love you. Relationships are truly priceless, and although it’s nice to take time for yourself, balancing your “me-time” with the time you spend with others can give you the perfect balance to boost your self-esteem and mood.
The people you surround yourself leave an immediate impact on your thoughts and how you view yourself so you must make sure you have a good support system. Try your hardest to seek out the best in people and nurture the love among your closest family and friends; spending time with them will be what ultimately pulls you out of any rut you may fall into.
Learn Self-Care Techniques with Help from a Therapist
If you find yourself struggling with self-care and notice seasonal aspects affecting you, know that there are options. Reach out for a consultation soon. Eddins Counseling Group, in Houston, TX has many experienced counselors that can help improve mental health. Call us at 832-559-2622 or book an appointment online.
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