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9 Autumn Habits to Bring You Joy
9 autumn habits to bring you joy is a list of ways to nurture your mind, body, and soul during the seasonal change.
Autumn is an absolutely beautiful time of year. I love watching the leaves change color, there is a chill in the air. It is also soup season in my house, along with football and hoodies.
But along with that comes colder weather, less sunshine, and shorter days. It can be a real struggle to make it out of bed each day and have the drive to be productive.
These 9 habits are ones that I have developed to help take care of myself and keep being productive even when I have no drive or determination. Self-care is more important than ever during the fall and winter seasons.
Do Something You Love
Make time for something you love every single day. This can be taking a hot bath to relax, read a book, go for a walk, pray, whatever brings you joy and you love doing. Dedicate just 30 minutes to this each day to do something you love.
I like to call this 30 minutes investing in yourself. Because that is exactly what it is. You’re investing in your own happiness and making that a priority.
Find Your Inner Peace
Whatever your spiritual beliefs are, take time to nurture that and enjoy the journey. This can include attending a worship service at your church, reading scripture or inspiring books, spending time in nature, or practicing yoga.
Whenever I’m needing to make time for this, this is my go-to book for inspiration and helping me find my inner peace.
Connect with your inner voice by taking time out from physical things and nurture your soul.
Surround Yourself with Joyful People
Connecting with people who give you joy and build you up is essential. Striving to be the best woman that you can be is essential to your joy and happiness. Find your tribe that nurtures and supports that goal.
It can also be a great time to distance yourself from negative people who suck out your energy and bring you down with criticism and negativity. Think about who those people are and make sure to start distancing yourself from them.
Be Kind to Yourself
This is probably the most important way to bring yourself joy. Be kind to yourself. Which means stop talking to yourself and about yourself negatively.
A wise person once said our brain is the biggest muscle in our bodies. Use it! But use it effectively by being kind and showing love to yourself.
We all make mistakes. But it should be a lesson learned, not a life sentence. Which is why beating ourselves up isn’t productive. Be kind, show yourself some grace, and accept yourself and whatever mistakes happen.
Hug someone every single day. More than one person, if possible. Hugs are simply amazing and an excellent form of self-care.
Smile at someone, it is contagious! Smile at strangers on the street, neighbors, co-workers, whoever you encounter during your day, be sure to smile.
Both hugs and smiles are simple and free ways to spread joy to others. It really is contagious, and will certainly brighten anyone’s day.
Be Kind to Yourself Some More
It can be really easy to get caught up thinking about the things we want or the things we don’t have. But how often do we really stop and think about what we do have, or express gratitude for the things we have?
Happiness and gratitude don’t mean we can’t dream and set goals for bigger and better things. But the key is knowing and understanding that we should also be happy for what we have now.
Start a Gratitude Journal
List off three to give things every morning and evening that you are grateful for. It only takes a few minutes to do, and will help you realize that you already have so much in your life that is amazing and great. Taking that time to think about and appreciate those things will change your mindset.
If you’re struggling with being a very negative person, this is going to feel like a bigger challenge than you would expect. But please, stick with it. Start small. Being grateful for things doesn’t mean you have to come up with something huge in your life. Start small, and you’ll soon realize that the small things add up to much bigger things.
Write Down Dreams and Goals
You should also be striving to reach your goals and follow your dreams. Once you have these written down, start thinking about and list the baby steps it will take to reach those dreams and goals. Then start checking off one small step each and every day.
You will seriously be amazed at what you can accomplish when you do this! I am often floored at myself and what I can do when I really break it down into small manageable steps towards my goals.
Perform Random Acts of Kindness
Random acts of kindness just feel good, and it can literally transform someone’s day from being the worst to the best. This also creates amazing memories for someone, just by you being a kind person.
Random acts of kindness are not limited to but can include
- Smiling at a stranger
- Saying hello
- Complimenting someone
- Holding a door open
- Buying a meal for someone in need
- Asking a friend or neighbor if they need anything when going to the store
- Bake something for someone
- Point out a great quality you admire in someone
- Buy coffee for the person behind you in line
- Send a birthday or thinking of you card
- Phone an old friend just to say hi and reconnect
- Compliment a store or employee on their customer service
- Paint rocks and leave notes with kind words for people to find
The list of random acts of kindness are limitless! I know how I feel when someone does things like this for me, and I always strive to pay that forward because it really can make a huge difference in someone’s day.
9 Autumn Habits to Bring You Joy Notes
I really find doing all of these things are great ways to bring joy, but also are a form of self-care, and that is more necessary in the fall and winter than any other time. Because we tend to forget about taking time for ourselves as the holidays are approaching and things are busy, kids are back in school, the list goes on. But we absolutely have to take time for ourselves and find the joy in daily life, otherwise we will start to feel burnt out very quickly, and that isn’t healthy.
9 Autumn Habits to Bring You Joy Discussion
Do you struggle during autumn and winter with drive and productivity? Do you make it a point to take care of yourself? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!