candle and blanket with fall leaves for healthy habits

When the seasons change, it always feels like a fresh start, especially when that
season is Autumn. In the fall, people often take a look at the new habits they introduced
earlier in the year and reassess, do more organizing and cleaning, and try to find a
balance between work and rest.

This is the perfect time to introduce some healthy habits, both new and old, and set
some new routines.

Here are 20 healthy habits to consider for the fall season.

  1. Commit to Journaling Every Day

The first healthy habit you can implement in the fall is to write in a journal. Journaling
provides so many benefits, that it is something everyone should be doing. For the fall
specifically, it helps in a variety of ways.

First, journaling can help you figure out your goals and set intentions. You find clarity
about your life and passions, and really figure out what you are interested in doing.

It can also help you identify areas of your life that need improving. Maybe you discover
you have a passion for exercise, you want to cook more, or you have a desire to travel.

Lastly, journaling is a great way to de-stress. You can get all of those anxious thoughts
out of your head and onto paper.

  1. Try Forest Bathing

Forest bathing is the practice of going outside into the forest and really taking in all the
fresh air and energy. Use all your senses and be mindful of the experience. The
important thing to understand is that it isn’t just walking mindlessly through a forest. You
really need to explore the sights, stop and take it all in. Use all of your five senses and
be mindful throughout the entire experience.

You may like this article on earthing for more info on Forest Bathing

  1. Add in Gentle Movement

While you don’t need to have strenuous exercise if you don’t want to, getting in some
gentle movement in the fall is a great idea. If you have not been exercising at all
recently, start with something simple like walking. People often underestimate how good
walking is for you! It is cardio, it gets your body moving, it helps to boost your stamina,
and often gets you outside into the fresh air.

Some other gentle forms of movement that are great for the fall season include:

  • Yoga
  • Tai-Chi
  • Dancing
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  1. Improve Your Digestion

Working on your digestion during this time might be a good idea if you have been
struggling with bloating, indigestion, or stomach issues recently. Maybe your diet wasn’t
the best in the summer, or you have been eating foods that don’t agree with you.
Traveling can also wreak havoc on your digestion as you often eat foods you are not
familiar with.

To improve your digestion this fall, start by going back to the basics. Eat simple meals
and snacks that are mild and you know agree with you. Foods that are familiar, like
eggs, oatmeal, sandwiches, salads, and pasta.

It is also a good idea to eat a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and
lean proteins. Make sure you get in your healthy fats as well.

  1. Get Cozy with Hygge

Hygge is the popular Danish practice of creating a comforting and relaxing environment
in your home. While many people think it is just about being cozy with candles and
blankets, that is a very small part of it. What you are doing is making rest a priority in
your life.

Practicing self-care, taking it easy, getting more downtime, and crating an
environment that makes you feel at peace is what you want to focus on.

  1. Slow Down

Take this opportunity to slow down and get more rest during the fall season.

You were likely more active in the summer months, trying to balance work, home life, and

It is time to take it easy now in your life. It can be difficult finding ways to
actually rest in your life, but often if you pay more attention to how you spend your time,
you find different parts of your day that could easily be adjusted.

Sometimes, this is as simple as meal prepping a bit more so you don’t cook dinner from
scratch every night, or allowing other people to help you. Maybe it is time to set
boundaries and not say yes to absolutely everything.

  1. Unplug More Often

Make a new habit of unplugging more often, not just while you are sleeping. Again, this
is entirely up to you how you want to do it. It might mean an hour a day where you just
read or write in your journal, without your phone being turned on. You might spend more
days in the week without checking social media, or completely unplug without a phone,
computer, or television at all.

An easy way to start is to not use your phone for the first hour after waking up, and the
last hour before you go to sleep. Turn your phone off, and instead use a regular alarm
clock so you don’t have to use your phone anymore. If you need your phone on for
emergencies, then turn off all non-urgent notifications.

  1. Make Time for Rest

Fall is all about recharging! You can still work and get things done, but schedule in more
rest. Back off a little on the intense productivity and take a break from achieving your
goals. Don’t just neglect everything, but give yourself a break.

Maybe you can take a little power nap each afternoon, or let go of one of your weekly
obligations to use that time for rest. Take it easy during the weekends instead of trying
to fill up all your time and staying busy.

  1. Use Fall Produce

For a healthy diet, the best way to start is to introduce more local, fresh produce. Visit a
local farmer’s market or get produce from a natural food store. The more local it is, the
fresher your produce will be. However, even if you can’t get the organic produce, still try
to add more fruits and vegetables to your meals.

Some great produce in the fall includes:

  • Pomegranates
  • Kale
  • Butternut squash
  • Sweet potato
  • Cranberries
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Pears
  • Apples
  1. Involve the Kids in Your Routines

If you have kids at home, get them involved in your new healthy habits! This is not just
good motivation for you to keep up with them, but helps them improve their health as
well. Some routines and habits that are great for kids include:

  • Planning and preparing healthy meals
  • Going for evening walks
  • Getting outside during the weekend
  • Planning activities without technology
  • Reading more
  • Self-care routines
  • Creative activities
  1. Boost Your Immunity

Fall is unfortunately the beginning of cold and flu season, but you can combat this by
boosting your immunity. In addition to getting the flu shot, there are some natural
remedies that can help you boost your immune system. The great thing about them is
that they can all be added to your diet, so it is really easy to enjoy them each and every

To boost your immunity, add the following foods to your diet:

  • Green tea
  • Citrus like lemon and grapefruit
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Vegetables with vitamin C, like kale and broccoli

Use essential oils like doTERRA On Guard to help boost your immune system.

  1. Simplify Your Daily Routines

Take your daily routines and make small tweaks in order to simplify them. You don’t
need to completely transform your entire life, but just minor adjustments so they don’t
feel as overwhelming.

While this might differ for each person, here are a few tips for
simplifying your daily routines:

Create at easy morning routine – I love the ideas in this article on how to create daily morning

habits for a healthy life & uplifting mood. It’s so important to start your day in a positive mood

to set your intention for the day.

Reduce the activities you do. Don’t try to get through 10-15 activities in one simple
morning or nighttime routine. It is probably much longer and more complex than it needs
to be. Choose about 2-5 things to complete during these daily routines and that’s it.

Give yourself a specific amount of time. In addition to the number of activities in your
routine, you can also set a time limit. This helps to simplify it and only complete what is
the biggest priority to you.

Only do what serves you. The reason this is important is because we often hear about
other people’s daily routines and assume we should add them to our own. But if you
don’t like journaling or you aren’t a big fan of green smoothies, these definitely should
not be added to your routine.

  1. Read More

Find opportunities to read a little more from books or an electronic device, instead of
listening to audio books. The reason reading instead of listening is important is because
you might absorb the information differently. Seeing words on paper or a screen often
hits differently, and you are far less distracted. It is still great to listen to audio books, but
not exclusively.

A great tip for the fall season is to read books in a different genre than you are used to.
Maybe you typically read fiction, so you decide to give autobiographies a try, or you
start reading historical fiction instead of self-help books.

  1. Socialize With Your Friends

Get out there and socialize! If you haven’t been in touch with people recently, now is a
good time to make plans to meet up. It is really important to your mental health to be
social with people who you are closely connected with.

Avoid the toxic people and only
spend time with people who light you up and make you feel positive and joyful.

  1. Do Something Creative

You likely have some creative endeavors that you enjoy, but haven’t made time for
recently. Now is the perfect time to give these a try.

Get out your adult coloring books and color while listening to soft music, or try painting if you haven’t done it in a while.
Creative writing or making something with your hands are also great ideas.

  1. Improve Your Work-Life Balance

One of the biggest struggles with being a responsible adult is trying to focus on work
while also making time for your family, friends, and yourself. Fall is a good time to
remind yourself there can be a balance between work and life.

If you have been going hard at work recently, find some ways to reduce your hours and
workload. IF you own your own business, it might mean delegating some tasks to other
people that really shouldn’t be your priority. You might use this opportunity to reduce
overtime hours at your job, or simply schedule in more time with friends.

  1. Practice Self-Care

It is essential that you get a good amount of self-care into your routine. If not every day,
at least a few times a week.

Self-care is about doing something for yourself, getting rest,
and taking care of your body and soul.

It can include pampering like massages and face
masks, something creative like drawing or painting, getting more exercise, enjoying time
with friends, or just reading a few chapters from your book.

  1. Rethink Your Goals

Take a look at the goals you made near the beginning of the year, and just reassess
them. You may have some goals that are no longer relevant to your life, as you have
shifted your priorities or simply aren’t interested in them anymore. Other goals you
might have made some progress on, but want to focus on a little more.

  1. Adapt a New Skincare Routine

With the fall and winter season comes drier skin that probably needs a little extra TLC.
This is a good time to adjust your skincare routine or create a new one if you have been
neglecting your skin recently. What you really want to focus on in the fall season is
adding in more moisture to your skin, and of course protecting it from the sun.

Look at your current skincare routine to determine what changes need to be made. Has
your skin been dry or oily recently? How often do you use a face mask? Are you using
any serums? Take your time in creating a skincare routine for your specific skin type
and considering any conditions you have.

  1. Add in Herbs and Supplements

Lastly, get some healthy herbs and supplements into your fall routine. There are many
ways to use herbs, including making tea, drying them to use around your house, adding
fresh herbs to your meals, and of course getting essential oils. Using holistic
supplements in the fall is a great way to boost immunity, reduce stress, and help
improve your overall wellness.

Some great fall herbs include:

  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Parsley

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Wrap up of 20 Healthy Fall Habits

It’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. A holistic approach to health involves all aspects of your mind, body, and spirit. These 20 healthy fall habits will help you ensure you are taking care of all aspects of your whole self.

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Dawn Goehring is the founder of Desert Naturals where she writes educational articles on essential oils, DIY's on natural beauty products, homemade cleaners, and provides related essential oil accessories like Planners, Journals, Trackers, tshirts, and custom made essential oil storage.

Dawn discovered essential oils about 10 years ago to support her then 4 year old son who was struggling to manage a respiratory condition. She then learned how to use essential oils for everyday natural remedies for her family, and has helped hundreds of women incorporate essential oils in their lives to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle using natural products and essential oils.

Dawn has earned an aromatherapist degree and has earned a doTERRA essential oil specialist certification which is a fancy way of saying she has learned a lot about the chemistry of essential oils and how they work in the body.

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