The Fall Is The Perfect Time To Start A New Health Routine
Start a New Routine in the Fall
For many people, fall feels like a new start near the end of the year.
You transition from summer vacation to fall productivity, the weather changes, holidays are approaching, and it is the start of the 4th quarter of the year.
This all means it is the perfect time for a new daily routine.
Morning VS Nighttime Routines
Before you work on your daily routines in the fall, you will need to choose between altering your morning or nighttime routine, or both.
Think about what you do each day in the morning, versus what you do in the evening. Does one of them need more work than the other?
For example, if your days always start off chaotically and by the time you get to work, you are completely stressed out, you probably need to adjust your morning routine.
On the other hand, if you are having trouble sleeping and always go to bed way too late, it’s your nighttime routine that you need to adjust.
Upgrade Your Current Routine
Once you have decided which daily routine to focus on, you can then start thinking of ways to upgrade it. What is giving you the most problem, where do you need improvements, what are you trying to add every day for your health and happiness?
You can probably come up with a short list of things that are just not right in your current routine, whether that means you don’t have time to journal, or you feel too rushed in the morning. This is usually a good place to start.
Do Something You Have Been Putting Off
As you begin starting a new routine in the fall, it is also a great time to do something you have been putting off.
Maybe there is a local fitness class you have wanted to try, a DIY project you have the supplies for but haven’t made yet, or a book you really want to read that it sitting on your desk. Take the time to plan these activities into your daily routine this fall.
Consider Both Physical and Mental Health
When it comes to daily routines for your overall happiness and wellness, it should be for both your physical and mental health. These are equally important, and can both be impacted by the choices you make every day.
Try to add at least one activity to your routine for your physical health, and one for your mental or emotional health.
For example, food you eat, physical exercise, and drinking more water are all good for your physical health. Writing in a journal or planner, meditating, and mindfulness are all good for your mental health.
Start Using a Daily Planner in the Fall
Daily planners have advanced exponentially in recent years. No longer are they small date planners that just hold your appointments and schedule.
Daily planners are all about expanding on what you need to do, your personal goals, and any plans you have. It goes beyond your schedule and helps you stick to your routines and focus on complete wellness.
Here are some reason to start using a daily planner in the fall if you aren’t already.
Why Use a Daily Planner?
Using a daily planner has a lot of amazing benefits, far more than you might think when you first get the idea to use one.
It is of course going to be perfect for managing your time wisely, since you have a detailed look at tasks and appointments, and can even write in days for fun activities and dates with friends.
It is great for productivity, helping you to create to-do lists and keep up with your goals. You will also notice that your stress levels reduce with a planner when you start improving your focus and productivity, and have a great record of what you have already gotten done, and what you might be falling behind in.
Fall Bucket List and Activities
An excellent way to use a planner in the fall is for activities you want to get done this season.
This can be personal and work-related, but think first about your fall bucket list. What do you want to do this fall? Maybe there is a holiday party you need to attend, or you have always wanted to go apple picking.
You can sign up for a 5K and schedule in training with your family, or plan a few weekend activities with the kids.
What Makes a Planner Successful?
While there are no rules for using your daily planner, there are a few things that can help you benefit more from using it. Here are some tips when it comes to using a daily planner in the fall:
Use one planner for everything –
Try to use just one daily planner, for personal and business use. This helps keep everything contained and organized.
Write in it every day –
Make a habit of using your planner every day, whether it is writing something down, or just reviewing your day or week.
Include all details in your planner –
Try to write absolutely everything down, from small tasks to big goals and events. This not only helps you organize your time wisely, but helps you see how much you have gotten done.
Make use of the daily, weekly, and monthly sections –
Each section of a daily planner has its merits, so try to use them all if you can. The daily will include to-do lists for each day, while weekly and monthly give you an idea of goals you are trying to reach and appointments you don’t want to miss.
Journaling in the Fall – It’s Not Too Late to Start
Journaling is an amazing and therapeutic practice to participate in year-round, but especially useful in the fall season.
Here are some reasons to begin journaling in the fall if you aren’t already, and some tips for what to write about.
Why Journal in the Fall?
There isn’t a time of year when journaling is better than another, but if you have never written in a journal before, fall is a great time to start.
For many people, fall feels like a new start. It is the start of the 4th quarter, everyone is back to their normal schedules following the summer break, and you are starting to get ready for the holidays.
From relieving your stress to getting back to your goals, you can benefit in so many ways by writing in a journal during the fall season.
This is true whether you are brand new to journaling or coming back to it after a long break.
Have a Fall Re-Start with Your Journal
You can use your journal to re-start your life this fall. It helps you get back on track, set your goals, and really see what your priorities are.
Maybe you are feeling a little lost, unproductive, or unmotivated. If you don’t know why, it is impossible to fix it on your own.
You can find a lot of clarity just by writing in your journal every day. You need to be open and honest with yourself in your journal in order for it to be the most beneficial for you.
Start writing stream of consciousness style, where you just write about whatever comes to mind. You can feel free to bounce back and forth between topics, based on where your mind goes. Before too long, you will have gained a lot of clarity and will be well on your way to having the fall season ever.
Tips for Journaling
If you are new to journaling, here are a few tips to help you get started:
Ignore all rules of writing – This is important, because of you are paying too much attention to grammar and sentence structure, it will be hard to focus on your thoughts and feelings.
Nobody is going to read your journal, so just write how you want and don’t worry about errors.
Use a journal and pen you LOVE – One of the best things you can do before you start journaling is find a journal you absolutely adore. It should be the perfect size, something you like to look at, and easy to open and lay flat while you write.
Experiment with different journals until you find the type you personally love. Add in your favorite pen, and you’re ready to go!
Add it to your daily routine – Lastly, it is really helpful to add journaling into your daily routine, either in the morning or evening. This helps you stay consistent with using it every day.
Building Healthy Habits This Season
The fall season is a time to reflect on your year so far and finishing it off right, by choosing healthy habits.
These habits are not just for your physical health, but mental and emotional health as well. Here are some tips for building healthy habits for the fall season.
Focus on Getting Better Sleep
Sleep is a very underrated healthy habit, and one you should always start with. Getting good sleep can reduce your stress, help with anxiety, and even boost your productivity.
Try to focus on getting better sleep in healthy, natural ways. Instead of taking meds for sleeping, try melatonin or using an essential oil diffuser at night. Take a bath before bedtime to relax, and read in bed instead of watching TV. Keep your phone turned off if you can, as this will help keep you from being up later than you should.
Switch to Warm Drinks in the Morning
With the change in climate in the fall, you can still enjoy your healthy drinks in the morning, but it might be a good time to switch to warmer drinks.
If you aren’t a coffee drinker, try some hot tea or even drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning. These will hydrate you, give you some natural energy, and be a great start to your day in the fall.
Use a Journal or Planner
To improve your productivity and find more clarity in your life, consider using a planner or journal in the morning. You can set your alarm for about 20-30 minutes earlier than normal so that you have enough time to write in your planner in the morning.
Journaling is great with any daily routine, but there are some different benefits between using it in the morning or evening. Try both to see which you prefer.
Hygge is the Danish practice of being cozy, comfortable, and relaxed. You spend more time just winding down and enjoying your downtime, instead of trying to constantly be running around keeping busy.
You can actually use your daily planner to fit hygge in your days, and add it to your daily routine. This can also be considered a great way to practice self-care each day.
Add in Gentle Exercise
While you don’t need to have an intense workout program, regular exercise is an important part of staying healthy.
Why not add in some gentle exercise every day? Start something you haven’t done before, like yoga in the morning or hiking over the weekend, or pick up an old activity you haven’t participated in a while.
Affirmations and Why You Should Use Them
Affirmations are an amazing tool when you want to be happier and more optimistic, get the right focus, and improve your mental attitude.
You get to choose what affirmations to use, whether writing them down or saying them out loud. Here is some more information about using affirmations in the fall season.
Benefits of Daily Affirmations
Why should you incorporate daily affirmations into your routine?
There are actually a few great reasons to use them, and several ways to add them to your routine. Here is a rundown of the main benefits of positive affirmations:
It promotes a positive attitude and change in your mindset.
This is definitely one of the best reasons to use daily affirmations.
They are always positive statements meant to put you in a right mindset. It helps you throughout the day when you start your day with more positivity and kindness.
You start to appreciate more, and get disappointed in less.
Affirmations not only show you what you want or how to feel, but they help you appreciate what you already have.
They are written in present tense, such as “I am healthy today”, where not only are they positive and great for your mindset, but they help you appreciate the small things.
You are more aware of the power of your own thoughts.
Affirmations teach you that just your thoughts or how you talk to yourself can make a large impact in your entire life. It improves your quality of life, makes you feel more positive, and actually helps you reach your goals.
It helps provide motivation where you need it the most.
Sometimes you need to manifest motivation into your life with positive affirmations. They work wonders for this.
How to Choose Your Affirmations
What should your affirmations be? You can definitely choose from the ones other people enjoy using, but you might also want to create your own for specific situations in your life.
To write your own affirmations, here are a few tips:
Keep them positive.
Affirmations should always be positive from beginning to end. If you have a negative thought or attitude, write an affirmation that switches it to something positive.
For example, if you are dealing with stress about a big change in your life, try “I am capable of adapting to any situation”.
Write in present tense.
You also want to write affirmations in present tense, as if what you want has already happened.
If you want to achieve a goal, you write it like “I am working hard towards my goals” or something similar that is relevant to you.
Be grateful in your affirmations.
Instead of talking about what you want, write your affirmations as if you are grateful for something you have (or want) in your life. For example “I am grateful to work on my goals today”.
Remember also to keep your affirmations brief so that they are easy to remember and repeat as often as needed.