25 ways to take care of yourself this fall
It’s fall. It’s frenetic. It’s college application season for you or your kids or your students. It’s hard to do it all. To take care of yourself feels like a luxury item that gets tossed with last year’s papers.
But still, you’ve got to take care of yourself or game over. Any of the suggestions on our list will be a perk, a plus. Pick and choose: aim to keep your body, mind and heart healthier– and hopefully less bat-shit crazy– as you move through coming months.
- Drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning. Or lime.
- Eat three meals per day, including vegetables in at least two, and chew.
- Sip broth.
- Use warming spices– sprinkle ginger on your fall apple. These will expand you a bit.
- Loosen up your breathing, your muscles, and your attitude.
- Try this meditation.
- Try one of these 10-minute workouts, because you know you have ten minutes.
- Tighten up your words– be precise.
- Grow your compassion– be kind, see each person as an extension of yourself. Especially assholes.
- Go to bed as early as you can, without your phone (fat chance).
- Think about something pleasant first thing in the morning.
- Think about Nothing first thing in the morning.
- Fill up a big bottle of water at the beginning of the day; drink all of it by bedtime.
- Consider that nature is more powerful than your plans.
- Consider that life force is stronger than your one life.
- Consider that comedians are here for a reason.
- Laugh at something.
- Let something go (but not in that bull-shitty way).
- Let something in– that compliment you tried to brush off.
- Offer something small to someone else who needs it. Anything. A smile often suffices.
- Assume no one will tell you what they really need, and develop your intuition.
- Use your body regularly. As in, stand up right now and reach to the sky, sink your butt into a squat and take five breaths.
- Open your chest.
- Fill your inner well.
- What is an inner well? Good question. Ask this guy. (But you don’t have to listen to the accompanying soul-talk unless that’s your cup of tea.)
Contact us for more personalized suggestions- for you, for your family or for your classroom. Essay Intensive has lots of ideas, and your unique situation may call for them.
With all my love, and in the struggle with you–