7 Nourishing Self-Care Rituals For Autumn
There’s something about autumn, isn’t there… after the excesses and frivolities of summer, autumn brings a quieter, softer and more gentle feel. Our energy naturally starts to turn inwards – within our homes and within ourselves.
Because of that, autumn is a great time to pay more attention to our own wellbeing and our own self care. Here are a few ideas to get you started…
Build your nest
Winter is a time for hibernation, and while we might not be quite ready for that yet, autumn is a time to build your “hibernation nest”. You might feel the urge to clean and de-clutter – go for it. You might also feel the pull to cosy-on-up with rugs, blankets, candles and log fires. Again, go for it. This is about creating a nourishing and supportive environment for the quieter and colder months of the year.
Warm your body
We all know it’s important to stay hydrated, and in summer and hot weather it seems easier to drink litres of water every day. During colder months, you might find yourself skipping the water in favour of hot tea or coffee. Our bodies naturally ask for extra warmth at this time of year, but instead of caffeine-rich drinks, opt for herbal drinks instead – ginger, cinnamon and turmeric are just a few ingredients which are both warming and delicious. Plus, these gently warming spices give our circulatory system a bit of a boost, too.
As the temperatures drop and energies slow, so do our bodies - you might find yourself hitting the snooze button an extra time each morning. One thing I’ve found helpful in counteracting some of this through skin-brushing. Dry skin brushing (simply brushing your skin – start at your toes and work upwards, always brushing towards your heart) helps to increase your circulation (meaning more warmth and efficient nutrient delivery to all the cells in your body), boost lymphatic drainage (meaning effective removal of waste material from your cells), and many more benefits, too.
Try facial massage
Another absolute treat for your skin, and a wonderfully relaxing ritual for your face, mind, and body, too, is facial massage. You can use your fingertips or a facial massage stone (my personal favourite). Similar to skin-brushing, facial massage helps to improve both circulation and lymphatic drainage. Do this at the end of the day, and the relaxing benefits of this ritual will help you sleep better, too.
Nature heals us. If I'm feeling down, it's soothing, if I'm feeling stressed, it's calming, if I'm feeling tired, it's invigorating, if I'm feeling sad, it's uplifting. Nature is my go-to “place” when I require a little extra nourishment. And at this time of year, with all the beautiful colours, it’s even more of a treat to the senses. Pull on your boots, wrap-up warm, and get outside. Revel in the glory of what you see, hear, and maybe smell, around you. And if you can return home without a handful of coloured leaves, then you’re a stronger person than me!
Embrace the wonder of fragrance
Fragrances are one of my favourite things about the work I do – creating a fragrance blend and the effects it will have on our mental and emotional wellbeing is like magic to me. When we’re cosy and warm in our nests, natural fragrance can add an extra layer of nourishment. We all know lavender is relaxing, don’t we. And some of my other favourites are… orange is bright and uplifting, rose is comforting, pine is refreshing, sandalwood is soothing, and cinnamon is reviving.
Soak in salt baths
Natural salts – sea salt, Himalayan salt, Epsom salt – are packed full of minerals. Adding a handful of these salts to a warm bath means that our bodies can absorb those minerals through our skin as we bathe. Add a few drops of essential oil into the mix (see above for scent suggestions), and you’ve got the recipe for a wonderfully relaxing and stress-relieving experience.
For me, autumn is all about getting cosy - sometimes this is with family and friends, and sometimes I just need to indulge in self-nurturing. I hope you enjoy adding some nurturing care into your season with these simple autumn rituals.