Powerful Self Care Ideas This Autumn To Soothe Your Soul

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With the cooler, crisper air and the vibrant color leaves, autumn is a season of change, and with this transition, we have the opportunity to nurture our need for self care.

Autumn is the perfect time to embrace the beauty of transformation and self renewal. 

Prioritizing self care is essential to personal growth and development, as when we neglect our own needs, it can affect our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, leading to burnout, decreased productivity, impaired physical health, mental health struggles, and decreased resilience just to name a few. 

With all the demands of daily life, it can be hard to take care of yourself. 

However, by recognizing and prioritizing your needs, you are able to create joy and fulfillment in your life and create habits that foster a profound sense of self awareness and balance. 

Why Self Care is Important

Self care goes beyond simply indulging in occasional treats. It is the fundamental practice that acknowledges needs and worth.

In today’s chaotic world, it can be so easy to get lost in the chaos of everyday living, where the demands and stressors can accumulate, leading to physical and mental exhaustion. 

Self care nurtures your emotional resilience, as it encourages you to acknowledge and process your emotions, preventing you from keeping them suppressed, which, in turn can lead to negative consequences. 

Neglecting self care can also lead to burnout, which can decrease your productivity and overall well-being. This then hinders your ability to perform at your best. 

Prioritizing self care is essential to personal growth and development, 

Challenge yourself to prioritize self care at least once every day.

Here are over 20 self care ideas you can do this autumn to help soothe your soul and embrace this season of change. 

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Self Care Ideas that Embrace Nature’s Beauty

Go For a Scenic Autumn Walk or Hike

I absolutely love going hiking, and it’s even better with all the beautiful leaves on the trees and even more comfortable with the cooler air.

Walking has a variety of health benefits and, paired with the beautiful scenery, a chance for meditation and mindfulness.

With each step, you can embrace the opportunity for introspection and enjoy the harmony of nature to soothe your soul. 

Autumn Astronomy Observation

Use a telescope or stargazing app to observe the autumn night sky and celestial events.

Ok, so this doesn’t have to only be an autumn self care idea, as you can definitely do this throughout the year.

For me, there’s just something so special about looking at the night sky. It really allows me to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, finding solace in the tranquil beauty of the stars and the soothing embrace of the night.

Enjoy a Cozy Outdoor Picnic

What’s even better than being outdoors? Being outdoors with food!

Unlike summer, where you have the heat to worry about, autumn is the perfect opportunity for picnics. 

My favorite picnic meal is chicken salad (with grapes) croissants and fruit.

Keep a picnic blanket/ basket in your car and whenever you have time, go to the park for a picnic and enjoy nature’s beauty. 

Meditate Outside

Autumn provides the perfect opportunity for the self care idea, as it’s the perfect atmosphere for meditation: the tranquility of rustling leaves, the soft touch of a cool breeze and the (much gentler) sun.

Find a serene spot in nature and allow yourself to be in the present moment so you can let go of the day’s burdens. 

Enjoy Outdoor Autumn Activities

Autumn is the opportunity for certain outdoor activities that only comes during this time. Activities such as:

  • Fall Festivals
  • Corn Mazes
  • Hay Rides
  • Apple Picking
  • Pumpkin Carving

Find whatever it is you enjoy doing and prioritize that. 

Enjoying activities that is season dependent can help you really appreciate and live in the moment.

Self care is all about prioritizing you and finding activities that soothe the soul.  

Self Care Ideas that Fosters Personal Development and Self Growth


 Journaling is a therapeutic way to foster personal growth and can soothe the soul, including:

Emotional outlet

Journaling provides a safe space to express your feelings, thoughts and emotions

Self Reflection

Writing in a journal encourages you to self reflect and help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself.

Problem Solving

With journaling you’re able to explore the challenges you’re facing in a structured way, allowing you to often gain new perspectives and insights that can allow you to lead to solutions you may not have thought of before.

Stress Reduction

Journaling can be a way to reduce stress, as you’re able to process and manage your emotions more effectively as stated before.

Goal Setting

Journaling can help you set and track your goals. Writing down your aspirations, along with the steps you intend to take, can help you increase your accountability and motivation.


Practicing gratitude journaling can help you cultivate positivity and can help you see what all you have in your life.

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Learn Something New

Use this season of change to improve your skills and/ or learn something new.

Learn a language

Use apps such as duo lingo to help you learn a second language. It’s a well designed app and can take just a couple minutes a day (or longer if you want), which can really improve your language skills in a fun way.

Get Crafting

Autumn is such an awesome time to get crafty! Take up a new skill like knitting or crocheting.

Practice mindfulness

Start each day with a meditation session and allow yourself to center your thoughts and set positive intentions for he day ahead.

Use Positive Affirmations to Start Your Day

Positive affirmations can truly transform your way of thinking. When using positive affirmations, keep them in a place where you a regularly see them. Use them first thing in the morning and set a positive tone for the day.

Download my free affirmation cards below to get started.

Self Care Ideas for Coziness

Autumn  is synonymous with comfort, making it an opportune time to embrace Autumn’s coziness. 

Read by the Fireplace

Spend time reading by the fireplace or sipping on some hot chocolate, while letting the crackling of the wood create a soothing and cozy atmosphere.

Experiment with New Recipes

Research new recipes like Autumn squash soup, spiced lattes or apple based desserts.  

Starlit Campfire

Enjoy s’mores over a campfire under the starlit autumn sky.

Self Care Ideas that Spark Your Creativity

Engaging in creative endeavors can be incredibly fulfilling during autumn. 

Creativity can be a powerful form of self care with numerous benefits for your overall wellbeing.

Similar to journaling above, creativity can reduce stress, increase mindfulness and is a form of emotional expression.

Creativity can also boost self esteem as accomplishing teaks, and seeing the tangible results can enhance your sense of achievement and self worth.

Here are some crafty self care ideas that you can try:

Knitting or Crocheting

There is so much you can create with yarn!

Look up patterns for hats, scarves, stuffed animals or even bags. If you’ve never knitted or crocheted before, there are so many beginner patterns or you tube videos you can check out. 

Learn now and you have awesome DIY gifts for the holidays. 

Create Autumn crafts

Spruce up your home exterior and add curb appeal with fall signs and wreaths.

Take advantage of the autumn season to decorate with pumpkins, and, of course using the leaves as well!

Go for a photoshoot outdoors

Use this opportunity to capture the beauty of autumn through photography.

Being outside allows you to immerse yourself in nature, connect with your surroundings and capture moments of joy and beauty.

The process of selecting locations, setting up the shots and focusing on creative expression can be both relaxing and rejuvenating, offering a break from routine and a chance to appreciate the worldly around you.

Take a weekend trip to the mountains

Drive on a beautiful parkway if you live near one.

The vibrant colors of the changing leaves, crips air and the serene landscapes create a calming atmosphere.

Engaging in activities like hiking, breathing in fresh air, and taking in the scenic views can not only reduce stress, but can promote mindfulness and offer a breath from the chaos of every day.

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Self Care Ideas to Pamper Yourself

Self care wouldn’t be complete without pampering treats to soothe the body and soul. 

Draw a warm bath

Use essential oils that evoke the scent of autumn: lavender, cinnamon, apple, etc.

Book a spa day with a massage

You deserve it: enough said

Get a manicure/pedicure

Use the fall colors as inspiration.


In a world that often demands our constant attention and energy, the practice of self care is of vital importance to maintain our health and wellbeing.

At its core, self care acknowledges our innate need for rest, rejuvenate, and inner connection.

When you prioritize self care, you replenish your physical, mental and emotional needs, which fosters resilience and balance in your life.

Through self care, you can empower yourself to navigate challenges, embrace life’s joy, and cultivate a sense of harmony.

This is journey of self discovery and, and through self care you’ll pave the way for inner harmony.

I hope you enjoyed these self care ideas to help soothe the soul this autumn. Which one are your favorites? Leave me a comment below!

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