Have you heard the rule that you shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day? Some people believe this bit of etiquette stems from a place of snobbery, since vacation attire for the wealthy and well-to-do was usually light shades of linen. But I personally prefer a more practical logic. Labor Day marks a shift in the seasons, so it’s a perfect reminder that the self-care routines that served us well in the summer might need to be adjusted to fit the Fall.
As the weather changes and the holidays get closer, we need to update how we’re taking care of our mind and body in the busy months ahead. (Plus, flu season starts soon, so it’s even more important this year to stay healthy!)
Here are 4 quick and easy ways to update your self-care routines for Fall.
What Kinds of Self-Care Needs a Seasonal Update?
The short answer could be everything… but we want to reduce stress, not overwhelm ourselves. 😉
Your Skincare Routine
The weather is going to get cooler and drier, so you want to make sure you’re keeping your skin well hydrated and protected from the elements. UV rays can still reach you on cloudy days, you know, so don’t skip the sunscreen just because it’s overcast. Consider ways to give your body some extra TLC during this time of the year, like with regular dry brushing or soothing face masks.
Your Evening Routine
As the days begin to get shorter, you will want an evening routine that helps you balance getting enough quality sleep while still staying motivated to get things done, even if it’s a little darker outside. This could mean heading to bed earlier in order to capitalize on more sunshine hours. Or finding new ways to unwind at the end of the day, like ending the evening with a good book and a nice soak in the tub.
Give your environment a refresh too, by switching out your bed linens and towels (if you can). Bring a little nature indoors to decorate too; it’s amazing what fresh flowers or greenery can do to our moods.
Autumn is all about slowing down, so tune into your body and see what it’s craving more of lately. Perhaps if you’ve been swimming all summer, you may want to switch out your cardio for warm yoga or pilates. If you’re a big fan of spin class, this is a wonderful time of year to hit pavement and soak up nature before it hibernates for the winter. Plan some bike rides or rollerblading.
How You Eat
While I always encourage you to eat seasonally (it’s cheaper, easier and just better for you), I want you to also consider how you’re putting together your meals. Fall is the perfect time to discover a few new recipes and cook a homemade meal. Experiment with ways you can mix in the new season’s veggies with summer salads, so you can transition your palette and gut to Nature’s new menu.
Which one of these self care changes for Fall will you try first? Let me know in the comments below or leave me a message in The Badass Beauty Club.
LOVE + autumn leaves!