September is the official kickoff for fall. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, fall begins either on the first day of September, or September 22nd—the official fall equinox. Fall marks the return of football, cooler weather, bonfires, and homemade soup. But it’s also a fine time to review your self-care rituals. In this article, you’ll explore some new September self-care activities to help you achieve your health goals.
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Here are 9 September self-care activities to explore this month:
1. Update Your Reading List
If you’re an avid reader, you may already have a stack of books ready to go. But if you don’t yet have your fall and winter reading list queued up, now is a great time to get it squared away. Throughout the year, I add books to a hidden Amazon wish list. Whenever I hear about a new, interesting book, it goes on the list for later when I’m ready to read it.
2. Change Up Your Fitness Routine
With cooler weather approaching, it’s a great time to take your fitness routine outside. Think: walking, hiking, cycling, and outdoor yoga. If you’ve been struggling to find motivation to exercise consistently, it may be time to hire a personal trainer. With an added layer of accountability and a financial commitment, you’ll feel a jolt of motivation in no time.
3. Hygge Your Living Spaces
Hygge (pronounced “hue-gah”) is a Danish word describing a style of living that’s deeply rooted in well-being. In hygge design, comfort and relaxation are core elements. Clutter is minimal, coziness is unavoidable, and it’s impossible not to feel calm in a space that’s been hygge-fied. While you can hygge year round, fall is even more hygge-friendly. So, pull out those cozy blankets and PJs, and get ready to snuggle up with a good book this month.
4. Whiten Your Teeth
Are you a coffee drinker? How about tea? Or maybe red wine is more your style. If you routinely eat or drink foods and beverages that stain your teeth, it may be time to begin a whitening routine. There are many different types of whitening products on the market, so if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed ask your dentist which product is best for you. (I personally like and use the Opalescence kit.)
5. Upgrade Your Fitness Tracker
My Fitbit is a constant source of motivation. It reminds me to move my body throughout the day. It gets me off the couch (even when I’d rather put on my jammies and call it a night). And it buzzes to give me a virtual high five when I reach my step goal each day.
Trackers are excellent motivators, reinforcing the positive behaviors that move you closer to your goals. If you’ve been feeling unmotivated to be physically active on a daily basis, it may be time to upgrade or invest in a fitness tracker. (I have personally owned at least 4 Fitbits, and I currently use the Fitbit Inspire 2.)
6. Review Your Savings Plan
Do you have a savings plan? Whether it’s a retirement savings account or a piggy bank, having a clear plan for saving money can make all the difference in the world in the long run. If you’re not sure where to begin, schedule an appointment with your financial adviser to help map out a strategy that works for you.
7. Organize Your Recipes
Do you dread coming up with dinner ideas each night? Having a meal planning system in place makes the process of getting dinner on the table faster and easier.
8. Add Plants
Live plants spruce up just about any space. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, there are plenty of plants that are easy to care for. Here’s a list of plants that basically take care of themselves:
- Air plants
- Asparagus fern
- Spider plants
- English ivy
- Make Art
Is now a good time to remind you there are less than four months until the holidays? Handmade gifts are the best. Whether your craft of choice is knitting, sewing, carpentry, or painting, working with your hands is both therapeutic and useful. Whether you make something for yourself or a gift for someone else, clear some space on your calendar to get creative.
9. Schedule a Visit with a Therapist
Everyone needs a therapist. That’s because life is messy. Life throws us unexpected curve balls. And the truth is, we don’t always deal with change very well. Working with a therapist helps build self-awareness. By understanding what’s behind your thoughts and beliefs, and why you react and respond to situations the way you do, you’ll have more control over how you experience your life.
Create Your September Self-Care List
Think about the month ahead and carve out a few minutes to schedule your self-care September activities in advance.
Which September self-care activities will you explore this month? Share in the comments below.
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