5 self care tips you need to practice this autumn

I love autumn, there’s no doubt about it, but there are a lot of factors that can lead to not feeling so great in this season. Now the clocks have gone back most of us will be getting up for work in the dark and returning home in the dark, it’s dropping colder and cold and flu season is in full swing. Self care is important all year round but in autumn when it’s easier to not quite feel yourself, it’s vital. Here are 5 self care tips to see you through autumn.

Self care tips for autumn

Be prepared for illness

Cold and flu season is well and truly upon on us so rather than waiting until you get ill, stock up on essentials now then you can tackle any illnesses quickly. What ever medicines usually work for you, make sure you have some in. Personally I’m not a big fan of cold and flu tablets so I prefer to stick to paracetamol but products I do like and always make sure I have in are Boots Cold and Flu spray and Metatone Tonic liquid vitamins. I genuinely find that the spray makes cold symptoms I little less intense, I’ve been using it for years now and wouldn’t be without a bottle. The vitamins are another product I’ve been using for years, it’s not something you take daily but rather a boost when you’re feeling tired, run down or getting over an illness.

Wrap up and be cosy

I’m talking cosy knitwear, chunky scarves and cute bobble hats. Wrapping up warm and feeling snuggly will help you battle to colder weather. But what about being cosy at home? Having the heating on constantly just isn’t an option for most of us due to the fact our bills would be through the roof. That doesn’t mean we have to sit shivering on our own homes though, grab the blankets, fluffy socks and cosy pjs and get wrapped up.

Candles and fairy lights

The staples of any good self care day right? Autumn and Christmas scents are my absolute favourites so lighting those kind of scents already lifts my mood but candles and fairy lights will add to the cosy vibe and help with the tip above. Also when we're getting up in the dark and returning home in the dark it can be easy to feel like we've missed out on light. While obviously candles and fairy lights aren't a replacement for natural light, they'll help to give your home a soft, comforting glow that can lift your spirits.

Get outdoors

If you've stock piled the cosy knitwear like I've already suggested then you might as well put it to good use and get outside. Weekends were made for long autumn walks and the gentle exercise and fresh air will do you good. I love nothing more than been around all the beautiful coloured leaves in autumn and sunny crisp days just call for a stroll. I'm lucky enough that I get to finish work at 3.30pm and last year we made an effort to go out walking more after work, not only did the fresh air feel great for us both (Josh works from home so spends all day in the office room) after being indoors all day but we saw some of the most incredible sunsets as well that we would have missed if we'd not bothered going for walks. 


When the weather is too grim for walking or going out it can be easy to waste a full day in front of the TV and while I am a huge fan of movie nights or the odd day spent in pjs with a new box set my other favourite thing to day on a cold, rainy day is read a good book. I'm a huge fan of thriller and horror books in autumn and when I have time off you'll often find me snuggled on the sofa with a cosy blanket and a scary story, terrifying myself! 

What are your favourite ways to practice self care in autumn? Share your tips below in the comments.

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