It’s fall, y’all. Pumpkins and leaves and lattes are a given, but what’s your game plan for getting and staying healthy this month? Use Living Upp’s 8-dimensional self-care framework as a guide, and add these ten suggestions to your October self-care list. (And here are 366 other random self-care activity ideas.)
Get a Flu Shot
Yes, it’s a controversial topic. But, no, it’s not something you can easily forget if you’ve experienced the wrath of the flu firsthand, or through the eyes of a loved one. In addition to the shot itself, make sure you’re eating well, moving your body regularly, and getting enough rest so your immune system has what it needs to keep you healthy.
Clearing clutter also helps clear your mind, giving you more energy to focus on the important stuff. When the wintry weather finally chases you indoors for the season, you’ll likely be faced with all the things you neglected over the summer. And clutter can accumulate quickly. Tackle those overflowing closets and drawers, and let go of what no longer serves you. If you need to, hire a personal organizer or enlist a friend or family member to help. And if you’re struggling to part ways with items you’re “saving for later,” just remember that donating before the holidays can be a big help to those in need.
Adjust Your Exercise Routine
Depending on where you live, it might be time to move your fitness routine back inside. Join a gym, remove the piles of clothes from the exercise bike in your spare room, or join an online yoga studio. Making adjustments now will make the transition easier.
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Curate a Reading List
If you don’t already keep a running list of books you want to read, gather some recommendations from friends and colleagues and curate a winter reading list. The fall and winter months were made for curling up on the couch and reading. And if you love a good book discussion, consider joining or starting your own book club.
Wash Your Makeup Brushes
Be honest: Are your makeup brushes gross? If so, it’s probably time to give them a good cleaning or replace them altogether if they’re too far gone. I’ve been using these* brushes over the past few years and they clean up nicely.
Stock Up on Moisturizer
Make sure you’re stocked up on chapstick, moisturizers and foot creams* in preparation of the cold, dry weather ahead. My favorite face moisturizer in the winter month’s is Yonka’s Hydra No. 1 Creme*.
Swap Out Your Wardrobe
In recent years, I’ve adopted a capsule wardrobe approach, which has simplified my life significantly. My closet now contains roughly 5 coordinating colors that I can mix and match easily. This saves a LOT of time and it also makes replacing items easier (not to mention more affordable). Each season, I simply rearrange my closet to fit the latest weather conditions.
Schedule Medical Appointments
If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual checkups, screenings, and exams for the year, add it to your October self-care list and get them scheduled now. The end of the year tends to be extra busy since many people are trying to squeeze in as much as possible once they meet their annual deductible. Here’s a list of appointments you may need to make:
- Annual physical
- Dental exam & cleaning
- Eye exam
- Relevant screenings (mammograms, colonoscopies, labs, etc.)
Download a New Meditation
Is your current meditation practice feeling a little monotonous? Breathe some new life into your daily practice and explore some new possibilities. I’ve been enjoying Danielle LaPorte’s Creation Space guided meditation over the past couple of years, and I’m feeling like it’s time to try something new.
Start Planning for the New Year
I know, I know. The holidays aren’t even here yet and I’m already asking you to look more than 90 days into the future. But there’s a good reason. The holidays can be chaotic, which means getting a head start on your goal-setting for the new year might just give you a boost of motivation to finish the year strong. Plus, your October self-care strategy can help you close the loop on some of the goals you haven’t gotten around to yet. Right now is also a great time to begin collecting images for your new year vision board. And if you have trouble saying organized, The Self-Care Planner* can help you keep your personal and professional life in order, while also keeping self-care at the top of your list. (For a peek inside the planner, click here.)
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Whatever you choose to put on your list of October self-care activities, make sure it aligns with your goals, values, and personal brand.
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