Fall is In! Self-Care Rituals for Turning a New Leaf
You are now sitting squarely in the fall season, and it’s likely that there are more changes going on around you than the color of the leaves. Change is inevitable, and autumn likes to remind us of that more than any of her sister seasons. Rather than allowing transitions, changes, and the unknown rattle you, it’s best to find a way to center yourself in the midst of it all so that you can turn a new leaf on your own terms.
There are many different approaches to doing this, but practicing your own meaningful self-care ritual is a great way to embrace this time. Here are a few suggestions as you embark on creating your own ritual for intentionally turning a new leaf.
It’s time to wring yourself out like a sponge and release any stagnant water within you. Yoga isn’t for everyone, but if you’re open to it, it might be the perfect way to truly feel change within your body. We hold an immense amount of tension and emotions in our hips and throughout our bodies, so doing an hour of deep, guided stretching can lead to an important release that will make space in your body for new energy. Also, if you’ve ever taken a yoga class before, you know that yogis are often asked to create an intention for that day’s practice.
So create an intention that makes this practice specific to the leaf you want to turn. Maybe it’s to make more space for something you love, or to let go of something you no longer need. And if yoga is an absolute no-go for you, set a special intention for your run or hike instead.
Close your eyes and take a few quiet moments to consider what you’d like to leave in the past. Maybe it’s a toxic relationship, a bad habit, or a fretful mind. Choose one. Picture it. Then imagine it evaporating before your eyes until it’s totally gone. Pause to cleanse your space of this thought by safely burning sage, if you'd like.
When you’re ready, think of something you appreciate about yourself. This could be your work ethic, the love you give others, or your own resilience. Choose something. Picture it. Now reassure yourself by putting a hand over your heart. Not everything has to change. Take comfort in the fact that you can take this quality with you into the future.
Lastly, think of something you’d like to usher in. Perhaps it’s a loving partner or more prosperity. Picture holding whatever it is you hope for in your hands like it is already yours. Breath deeply and enjoy this mental clarity.
Literally slough off the old! Exfoliating might be a daily ritual for you already, but it can be a spiritual practice if you make it one. Grab your favorite scrub or create your own by using course sea salt, coconut oil, and a few drops of essential oil. Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, and Vetiver are all great choices for rising above hindering thoughts and focusing the mind, which is exactly what you want to do with this practice.
Create your own simple mantra, such as, I am shedding what no longer serves me, or I am present, I am strong, I am renewed. Then step into the steamy shower and and repeat your mantra as you exfoliate your body with calm, steady motions.