It’s safe to say that here in England we’ve had a rather rubbish summer and I think it’s been the same for most of the world. Summer is my favourite season for a number of reasons. I enjoy the sun and sitting outside for ten minutes reading a book is a real treat, in addition to this there are generally less sickness bugs around (read about my phobia of vomiting here). As August ends and September begins it feels like we’ve finally closed the chapter on this wet and frankly disappointing ‘summer’. I thought I would embark on a month of self-care to help ease myself back into the autumn/winter mindset.
In addition to this October is a year since I caught the Norovirus and my mental health took a huge turn for the worst. I don’t feel at all prepared for the anniversary of this, nor do I feel like I’ve made any progress with my mental health. I hope that by being a little kinder to myself this September it might help me tackle the coming months.
Here’s a list of what I intend to do every day throughout September – let me know if you join in too!
September 1st – Go for a mindful walk
I’m guilty of only ever going out for a walk when I’m on the phone to somebody. However, I’d like to get out of the habit of this and just go for a walk to enjoy my surroundings and have a few moments of peace.
September 2nd – Do a face mask
I love doing a face mask as it forces me to spend a few mindful minutes where I can’t do anything in fear of slopping face mask everywhere. There’s also the added bonus that my skin feels amazing afterwards. If you don’t have any face masks in the house or can’t justify buying one why not google some recipes for natural face masks made from the bits and pieces you already have in your cupboard?
September 3rd – Listen to some happy music
Music can have such an impact on your mood and so today I plan to listen to some happy music to improve my mood.
September 4th – De-clutter my room
I’m so affected by the space around me and so a clean and de-cluttered room is the best combination to put me in a good mood.
September 5th – Eat a really healthy lunch
I love junk food but hate the way it makes me feel afterwards. Today I plan on eating a really healthy lunch to do both my mind and body some good. I’m not sure my usual toasted cheese and olive sandwich will qualify today.
September 6th – Do your nails
Whether you file them, paint them or go out and get them done it’s all spending a few moments on yourself.
September 7th – Create a list of short-term goals
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you will know that I once set myself monthly goals. I would like to get back to this but everything is very up in the air at the moment and so it makes it a little difficult. Today I’m going to make the effort to set myself some short-term goals.
September 8th – Watch something
My attention span for watching things is not very good. Short YouTube videos are my go to. Today I’m going to try and watch something a little bit longer without also scrolling through my phone.
September 9th – Meditate for 10 minuetes
I meditate on and off and it’s something that I would like to do more often if I can ever get myself into a proper routine. Today I’m am going to make sure I spare 10 minutes to do a meditation.
September 10th – Read a chapter of my book
Nothing beats escaping into the world of a book. I tend to read happy romances so that I can properly immerse myself in the story and feel happy and comforted when I come to putting the book down and returning back to everyday life.
September 11th – Cuddle a pet
I’m lucky enough to have a dog and although he’s not the biggest fan of cuddles he sometimes tolerates it. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as cuddling your pet.
September 12th – Do a craft
I’m not a very crafty person as I lack the artistic streak but I do sometimes try to find an outlet for my creativity. This can be in the form of adult colouring books or even just making pins for Pinterest.
September 13th – Try some yoga
Many years ago I did yoga once a week and I found that it had a hugely positive impact on my mental health. I would love to get back into it but at the moment I lack the confidence to go to a class. For the time being I would like to occasionally do a class at home.
September 14th – Pin some positive quotes
If you follow me on Pinterest then you will know that I am always pinning stuff. My guilty pleasure is to scroll through the positive and motivational quotes as they leave me coming off the app thinking ‘you know what, I can do this!’.
Today I’m going to indulge myself in this guilty pleasure.
September 15th – Go out and get a coffee
I often would like to go out and get a coffee, however I feel guilty for spending the money. Today, I am going to treat myself to that yumminess without feeling guilty.
September 16th – Do a hair mask
Everyday I struggle to tame my hair and so I like to bribe it with hair masks. As I mentioned above you can easily make a homemade mask from items you already have at home. I have a tub of coconut oil in my bathroom cupboard and so will be using this – it’s a little bit pricey but I tend to find that it lasts me a long while.
September 17th – Have a bath
A bath to me is the epitome of winter and so as I ease myself back into the swing of the colder weather I’m going to embrace a nice hot bubble bath (providing England hasn’t sprung a heat wave on us). Whether you lie there and enjoy the bubbles, scroll through your phone or even read your book, enjoy a few silent minutes.
September 18th – Pop into town
This is similar to my point about having a coffee. I would quite often like to pop into town but don’t see the point. I think of it as a waste of money on petrol and parking. Today I’m going to waste that money and treat myself to a little wander around the shops in town.
September 19th – Eat something yummy
I love my food. If things go to plan we’re suppose to be driving up to Wales today and so I thought perhaps we could get something yummy for the drive.
September 20th – Go out for a drink
Going out for a drink is a bit of a treat, between saving and my anxiety it’s not something we often do. If plans and anxiety allow it I would like to pop out for a quick drink and enjoy a few minutes feeling relaxed.
September 21st – Waste time doing nothing
I don’t like wasting time. If I have a few spare minutes I’ll try and do something productive with it. Today I’m going to allow myself to completely stop and do nothing.
September 22nd – Treat my skin to a pamper
I enjoy the process of pampering my skin and I like to think that my skin also appreciates it. After the long drive back from Wales I think it will be the perfect self-care.
September 23rd – Walk around my favourite shop in town
I have a flu jab booked for today and so I tried to arrange today’s self-care around this. Since I’ll be in town anyway I thought I could have a wander around my favourite shop.
September 24th – Write
Writing is one of my favourite types of self-care, it allows me to pour all of my thoughts onto the page in front of me. It’s relaxing but still keeping me busy at the same time.
September 25th – Turn negatives into positives
I try to be a positive person but I seem to have a lot of negative stuff happen to me. Today, I’m going to make the effort to find the positive in every negative thing that happens.
September 26th – Do some colouring in
I’ve mentioned above that I enjoy colouring in sometimes. It’s relaxing and passes time surprisingly quickly. I often sneak a little colouring in under the pretence that I’m helping my little cousin.
September 27th – Enjoy a cup of tea
I drink a lot of tea but rarely do I just sit there and enjoy the taste of it. There’s something immensely comforting about a cup of tea.
September 28th – Do an exercise video
I often go out for a walk but if I’m honest that’s the extent of my exercise regime lately. I’d like to get back into exercising as I know it has a positive impact on my mental health. Hopefully this winter I can get into doing some exercise videos and who knows by the summer I might be ready to join some classes!
September 29th – Cook something new
I love cooking but we seem to have the same few dishes over and over. Being vegetarian and gluten-free somewhat limits our choices, however I’m sure there’s some dishes out there that I haven’t tried yet.
September 30th – Have some chocolate
I’m a firm believer that sometimes only chocolate can help. I don’t deny myself the treat and so with winter on its way I’m going to indulge in some chocolatey goodness.
I’ll let you know how I get on, whether I’ll do everything on my list remains to be seen. I have a few plans for September and I’ve tried to work them into my self-care for the day but I know all too well that sometimes life just gets in the way.
How do you cope with the transition from summer to autumn?