A new season is here with new opportunities for self-love, self-exploration, & self-care. Here are some ideas to add to your Fall Bucket List and why they may be helpful for you!

Volunteer

Doing something good for someone else feels good. Also, you’re helping someone else. So, its kind of a win-win. Even if its for one afternoon, try to find something to volunteer. You may meet a new friend, or bring one with you for some quality time spent together.

Take an Epsom Salt bath

An Epsom salt bath is known to ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma and migraine headaches. Its also delightfully relaxing. I recommend Dr. Teal’s Lavender Epsom Salts, they rock.

Go apple picking

Red Tricycle, a great local blog in the Bay Area has a full list of u-pick apple orchards throughout Northern California. If you live outside of Northern California, Travel & Leisure has this list of some of the nation’s best apple picking orchards.

apple picking photo

Visit a new city; within 30 minutes of where you live

Look at a map, or more realistically, google maps, and look at how many cities are within a 30 minute driving distance. If you live in a highly populated area, its probably many. We once visited Benicia and ate at the “city’s best restaurant,” which was delicious. They even had a gluten free crab and cheese dip starter, which was DEE-LISH!

Watch a documentary on something you know nothing about

Watching and learning about something new helps your brain stay active. Not to mention, with social media the way that it is – we really only see news that is catered to us, not things we aren’t really interested in or don’t know much about.

Go to a haunted house

Boo!

Drink a fall themed drink 

No, it doesn’t have to be a pumpkin spice latte. Or an eggnog latte. However, go out and get a drink that is themed for fall! Sometimes, indulging in something about the season we are in can just feel good. Spiced apple cider anyone?

Bake a pumpkin pie, from scratch

I did this last Thanksgiving (gluten-free, of course) and it was something I will do again. Baking is also really good for your mental health. Don’t believe me? Check out this article.

See a movie. in the theatre.

When was the last time you treated yourself to a movie in the theatre with a big bag of popcorn and candy? If it was within the last 2 months, good for you!! If not, go get your tush to a movie theatre! Getting out of your own head every once and a while is really good for you 🙂

Simplify your closet

Man or woman, does not matter. As humans, we hoard. Go through it. If you haven’t worn it in a year OR you feel like shit when you wear it, DONATE IT. There is someone out there who could use your old Juicy Couture jumpsuit or your old polos. Goodwill & Salvation Army will accept bags of clothes and if your stuff if relatively new, or in really good shape, you can always try re-selling it to Crossroads, or Buffalo Exchange (or some other store similar). ThreadUp even sends a bag to your house to sell them your stuff, and if they don’t take it – they donate it!

Jump in a pile of leaves

Just try it. Its so fun.

Burn a fire in your fireplace 

Or, go to a friend’s house and burn theirs. There is something super cozy and relaxing about listening and watching a fireplace as it warms up the small area around it. Its truly the essence of fall?

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