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As we settle into this autumn season, it’s important to remember to take some time for ourselves. Fall is generally filled to the brim with activities to do with friends and family. While this can be so fun, if you’re anything like me, it can also be a bit draining.

That’s why during the fall I commit to getting some self-care in. I made a list of my 50 favorite fall-themed self care activities that I challenge you to make time for this season.

Let’s get in to the Fall bucket list!

1. Spend some time in nature

If you feel like you’ve spent more time looking at photos of fall leaves online than actually being outdoors, it might be time to get some fresh air. I love fall because as the leaves change, the beauty of nature is brought right into our neighborhoods for us to enjoy. It doesn’t have to be anything extraordinary, but make sure you go outside to enjoy a morning coffee, go on a walk, hike, bike ride, or whatever floats your boat to soak it all in!

2. Bake a fall dessert and share it with someone you love

baking fall cookies

Pick out one of those fall recipes you’ve been eyeing and go for it! There’s nothing better than enjoying a fall treat. Plus, delivering fall goodies is a great excuse for a low-key way to spend some time with someone you care about. (no judgement if you keep your fall dessert for yourself, though ?)

3. Have a cozy night in by the fireplace

You know that fireplace you have that you never use? Make it a point to use it this fall season! Cuddle up with a blanket, fall scented candle, and hot chocolate for a cozy night in.

If you don’t have a fireplace, did you know Netflix has a 4K fireplace you can put on your tv?

4. Get some new skincare to prepare your skin for the colder weather

I don’t know about you, but I can already feel my skin getting drier. Invest in some hydrating skin care products this fall and pamper your skin. Having hydrated and moisturized skin makes such a difference as the weather starts to turn.

5. Try out a new fall recipe and indulge

You don’t need to wait until thanksgiving to make a decadent fall meal! Find some comfort food you’d like to try, and make it for a homemade meal for just you. It’s a good opportunity to treat yourself, but also try a new recipe for future reference!

6. Paint pumpkins

cute painted pumpkins

Doing something creative can be extremely relaxing and mood boosting! While it may seem like painting pumpkins is just an activity for kids, try it out this fall. There’s some great examples floating around the web of more modern & mature pumpkins that you could use for decoration. You might be surprised how much fun you have, too.

If you need inspo, check out the whole post on painted pumpkin ideas!

7. Paint your nails fall colors

Step out of your usual rotation and try a new fall color. Not only is this a relaxing activity in itself, but it will make you feel so confident and put together when picking fall outfits.

fall nails ideas

If you need inspo, check out the whole post with 100+ fall nails ideas

8. Volunteer at the food bank

In the midst of this season of thanks giving, it’s important not to forget about those who may not have the same blessings as ourselves. Find a way to give back in your local community . Whether that be volunteering your time at a local food bank, contributing monetarily, or something else, go out of your way this fall to help out in your community.

9. Treat yourself to a pumpkin spice latte

professional photo of a pumpkin spice latte

Many of us try to save money by less frequent visits to the Starbucks, but if you can, treat yourself to a fall beverage this year at least once. (Repeat as necessary)
Pumpkin spice is a classic, but there are so many others I want to try like the Salted Cream Cold Brew and S’mores Cold Brew.

10. Start your morning by writing a gratitude list

We celebrate our thanks on thanksgiving, but it would do us a lot of good to think of the things we are thankful for way more frequently than just once a year. One morning this fall, try starting your day with a gratitude list
That means before doing anything else, grab a pen and paper and write down 5 things you’r thankful for in life. They can be big or small things, the key is acknowledging them. Better yet, make a habit of this and you’ll see improvements in your mood and wellbeing over time.

11. Go apple picking at a local orchard

There’s something magical about wandering through an apple orchard, plucking ripe, juicy apples straight from the trees. This wholesome activity allows you to connect with nature, enjoy the crisp air, and bring home a bounty of delicious fruits for homemade pies and snacks.

12. Take a scenic drive to admire the fall foliage

Hit the road and embark on a scenic drive to witness nature’s stunning display of colors. As you wind through tree-lined roads adorned with shades of red, orange, and gold, you’ll feel a sense of awe and tranquility, making it the perfect self-care activity for relaxation and reflection.

13. Have a movie night with classic autumn films

cozy fall movie night with popcorn

Cozy up on the couch with a mug of hot cocoa and indulge in a movie night filled with beloved autumn classics. From heartwarming tales to spooky thrillers, these movies evoke nostalgic feelings and create a cozy atmosphere that’s perfect for snuggling up and unwinding.

14. Enjoy a hot cup of herbal tea or cider

Sipping on a steaming cup of herbal tea or cider is like wrapping yourself in a cozy blanket from the inside out. The warmth and comforting flavors of these fall beverages offer a moment of tranquility and allow you to pause, relax, and enjoy the simple pleasures of the season.

15. Visit a pumpkin patch and choose your own pumpkin

Step into a pumpkin patch and let your inner child run wild as you search for the perfect pumpkin. Selecting a pumpkin that speaks to you can be an exciting and therapeutic experience, igniting creativity and anticipation for festive decorations or carving designs.

16. Try your hand at knitting or crocheting a cozy scarf or blanket

Fall is the season to embrace your crafty side and embark on knitting or crocheting projects. Creating a cozy scarf or blanket not only keeps you warm during chilly evenings but also offers a creative outlet and a sense of accomplishment as you witness your work come to life.

17. Create a fall-inspired playlist to set the mood

Music has a way of transporting us to different seasons and emotions. Curate a playlist filled with soulful acoustic tunes, calming instrumental melodies, and nostalgic autumn anthems. This personalized soundtrack will serve as the perfect backdrop for your fall activities and moments of self-reflection.

18. Explore a corn maze with friends or family

Navigate through towering stalks and twisting pathways of a corn maze for a dose of autumn adventure. This interactive and lighthearted activity encourages laughter, bonding, and a break from the routine, making it an ideal choice for fall self-care with loved ones.

19. Plan a weekend getaway to a cozy cabin in the woods

cozy cabin windows

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life by retreating to a cozy cabin nestled in the woods. Surrounded by nature’s tranquility, you can enjoy serene hikes, stargazing, and moments of solitude, allowing you to recharge and reconnect with yourself.

20. Capture the beauty of fall by taking photographs of the changing leaves

Fall offers a picturesque backdrop for photography enthusiasts. Grab your camera or smartphone and embark on a leaf-peeping adventure, capturing the vibrant hues and intricate details of autumn foliage. This creative and mindful activity allows you to appreciate nature’s fleeting beauty and express your artistic vision.

21. Have a DIY spa day with homemade face masks and scrubs

Treat yourself to a pampering session without leaving the comfort of your home. Whip up nourishing face masks and scrubs using natural ingredients like pumpkin, cinnamon, or honey. Indulging in self-care rituals that promote relaxation and rejuvenation will leave you feeling refreshed and radiant.

22. Attend a local fall festival or fair

Immerse yourself in the lively spirit of fall by attending a local festival or fair. From pumpkin carving contests to live music and food stalls, these events offer a vibrant atmosphere filled with laughter, entertainment, and an opportunity to create cherished memories with friends and family.

23. Try out seasonal essential oils in a diffuser for a comforting ambiance

Fill your living space with the soothing scents of fall using essential oils like cinnamon, clove, or orange. Aromatherapy creates a cozy and inviting ambiance, promoting relaxation, balance, and a sense of well-being during the autumn months.

24. Have a picnic in the park surrounded by autumn colors

fall picnic in the park

Pack a basket with your favorite fall treats and venture to a nearby park or garden for a delightful picnic. Enjoy the crisp air, vibrant foliage, and the flavors of the season while basking in the serenity of nature—a perfect way to combine self-care, nourishment, and outdoor enjoyment.

25. Host a game night with friends and play board games by candlelight

Gather your friends for a cozy evening of laughter and friendly competition. Dim the lights, light some candles, and enjoy classic board games or card games. The cozy ambiance and camaraderie will foster connections, lighthearted fun, and treasured moments with loved ones.

26. Read a book or listen to an audiobook with a fall theme

woman reading in nature in the fall

Curl up with a captivating book that transports you to the enchanting world of autumn. Whether it’s a cozy mystery set against a backdrop of falling leaves or a heartwarming tale of love and self-discovery, immersing yourself in a fall-themed book is a delightful way to unwind and nourish your imagination.

27. Collect colorful leaves and press them to create artwork or decorations

Take a leisurely stroll outdoors and collect a variety of vibrant leaves that catch your eye. Once you’ve gathered your treasures, press them between the pages of a heavy book to preserve their beauty. Use these dried leaves to create charming artwork, decorate your living space, or even craft your own unique fall-inspired greeting cards.

28. Attend a football game or watch one at a sports bar with friends

Fall and football go hand in hand, creating an exciting atmosphere of camaraderie and team spirit. Join the cheering crowds at a live game or gather with friends at a local sports bar to immerse yourself in the energy and excitement of the sport. It’s a wonderful way to connect with others, enjoy good company, and embrace the spirited vibes of the season.

29. Take a scenic hike in the crisp fall air

scenic fall hike

Put on your walking shoes and venture into nature for a rejuvenating hike. The cool, crisp air of autumn combined with the stunning landscapes and vibrant foliage creates the perfect backdrop for an invigorating outdoor adventure. Take in the sights, breathe in the fresh air, and let the beauty of nature nourish your mind, body, and soul.

30. Plan a day trip to a nearby winery or vineyard

Embark on a delightful day trip to a nearby winery or vineyard and indulge in the flavors of fall. Sample a variety of seasonal wines, savor the unique notes, and learn about the winemaking process. This sensory experience allows you to slow down, appreciate the art of winemaking, and savor the rich flavors of the season.

31. Visit a farmers market and pick up fresh fall produce

Explore the abundance of fall produce by visiting a local farmers market. Browse through the colorful array of pumpkins, apples, squash, and other seasonal fruits and vegetables. Supporting local farmers not only allows you to enjoy fresh and nutritious ingredients but also fosters a sense of community and sustainability.

32. Watch a classic Halloween movie and enjoy some popcorn

Embrace the spooky side of fall by settling in for a cozy movie night featuring classic Halloween films. From family-friendly favorites to chilling horror flicks, these movies provide a nostalgic and thrilling experience. Pair your movie night with a bowl of freshly popped popcorn for the ultimate indulgence.

33. Try a new fall-inspired makeup look

Get creative with your makeup routine and experiment with a fall-inspired look. Play with warm, earthy eyeshadows, deep berry or plum lip colors, and radiant bronzer to enhance your features and embrace the colors of the season. Express your personal style and have fun with your makeup as a form of self-expression and self-care.

34. Take a yoga or meditation class to relax and center yourself

Fall is a time of transition and reflection, making it the perfect season to incorporate mindfulness practices into your self-care routine. Attend a yoga class or engage in meditation to find inner peace, reduce stress, and cultivate a sense of balance amidst the changing seasons. These practices provide a sanctuary for self-reflection, self-awareness, and emotional well-being.

35. Carve Jack-O-Lanterns for Halloween

Unleash your creativity and channel your inner artist by carving or decorating pumpkins for Halloween. Engaging in this festive tradition allows you to express your individuality, bond with loved ones, and embrace the playful and imaginative spirit of the season. Whether you go for classic jack-o’-lantern faces or intricate designs, the process of transforming a pumpkin into a work of art is both relaxing and satisfying.

36. Plant fall flowers or bulbs to enjoy next year

Extend the beauty of fall into the future by planting flowers or bulbs that bloom in the following year. Choose vibrant varieties like chrysanthemums, pansies, or tulips to add bursts of color to your garden or balcony. Engaging in gardening activities provides a sense of grounding, nurturing, and anticipation as you cultivate nature’s beauty.

37. Create a cozy reading nook with warm blankets and pillows

Design a cozy sanctuary where you can escape into the pages of a good book. Arrange soft blankets, plush pillows, and warm lighting in a corner of your home to create the perfect reading nook. This dedicated space allows you to unwind, disconnect from technology, and immerse yourself in captivating stories while cocooned in comfort.

38. Make homemade apple or pumpkin pie from scratch

Delight in the sweet aromas and flavors of fall by baking a homemade apple or pumpkin pie. Roll up your sleeves, mix the ingredients, and savor the satisfaction of creating a delectable dessert from scratch. The process itself is a therapeutic activity, and the reward of enjoying a warm slice of pie is the ultimate self-care treat.

39. Write letters or send care packages to loved ones

Spread love and thoughtfulness by sending handwritten letters or care packages to your loved ones. In the age of digital communication, receiving a heartfelt note or surprise package brings joy and a sense of connection. Taking the time to express gratitude, share updates, or simply let someone know you’re thinking of them cultivates meaningful relationships and fosters a sense of community.

40. Take a scenic bike ride through the countryside

Enjoy the crisp fall air and the stunning landscapes by embarking on a scenic bike ride through the countryside. Pedal along meandering paths, soak in the beauty of rolling hills and colorful foliage, and feel the invigorating breeze on your face. This active and immersive experience allows you to embrace nature, boost your mood, and invigorate your body and mind.

41. Attend a local harvest festival or Oktoberfest celebration

Immerse yourself in the festive spirit of fall by attending a local harvest festival or Oktoberfest celebration. These lively events offer a rich cultural experience, featuring music, traditional dances, artisan crafts, and a variety of seasonal foods and drinks. Engaging in the festivities allows you to celebrate the abundance of the season, connect with your community, and create lasting memories.

42. Create a fall-themed scrapbook or photo album

Preserve and relish your fall memories by creating a scrapbook or photo album. Print out your favorite autumn photos, ticket stubs, and memorabilia, and arrange them in a personalized and artistic way. This creative endeavor not only allows you to reflect on the joyous moments of the season but also serves as a cherished keepsake that you can revisit whenever you need a nostalgic escape.

43. Have a bonfire and make s’mores with friends or family

bonfire at night in the fall

Gather your loved ones around a crackling bonfire, toast marshmallows, and indulge in the classic delight of s’mores. The warmth of the fire, the laughter of companionship, and the gooey deliciousness of the treats create a cozy and joyful atmosphere. This communal activity fosters connections, creates lasting memories, and adds a touch of magic to your fall evenings.

44. Try out a new fall-inspired hairstyle or haircut

Refresh your look and embrace the change of the season by trying out a new fall-inspired hairstyle or haircut. Whether it’s adding warm highlights, trying a trendy updo, or going for a shorter cut, experimenting with your hair allows you to express your style, boost your confidence, and embrace the transformation that fall brings.

45. Take a leisurely stroll in a botanical garden to admire the fall blooms

Explore a local botanical garden and immerse yourself in the stunning fall blooms and foliage. Take a leisurely stroll along meandering paths, inhale the fragrant scents, and admire the intricate colors and textures of seasonal flowers and plants. This serene and visually captivating experience allows you to connect with nature, find inspiration, and revel in the beauty of the season.

46. Have a self-care day with a bubble bath and scented candles

Treat yourself to a luxurious self-care day by drawing a warm bubble bath and lighting scented candles. Sink into the soothing waters, let go of the day’s stress, and allow the calming ambiance to envelop you. This blissful retreat provides an opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, and nurture both your body and mind.

47. Host a fall-themed potluck with friends and share your favorite seasonal dishes

Gather your friends for a delightful fall-themed potluck where everyone brings their favorite seasonal dish. From hearty stews to roasted vegetables and delectable apple desserts, sharing a meal together fosters connection, creates a sense of community, and celebrates the flavors of fall. Enjoy the camaraderie, good food, and laughter that comes with a shared table.

48. Visit a haunted house or go on a ghost tour for a thrilling experience

spooky haunted house

Embrace the spooky side of fall by visiting a haunted house or embarking on a ghost tour. These thrilling experiences provide a dose of adrenaline, a sense of adventure, and an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, it’s a chance to enjoy a unique and thrilling activity that gets your heart racing.

49. Attend a cooking or baking class to learn new fall recipes

Expand your culinary skills and learn new fall recipes by attending a cooking or baking class. From seasonal soups to holiday pies, these classes offer hands-on experiences and expert guidance to enhance your kitchen repertoire. Embracing the joy of cooking and exploring new flavors allows you to nourish your creativity and delight in delicious homemade meals.

50. Reflect on your goals and set intentions for the Winter

Fall marks a time of transition and preparation for the year ahead. Set aside some quiet moments to reflect on your personal goals, aspirations, and dreams. Journal your thoughts, meditate, or create a vision board that represents your intentions for the upcoming year. This introspective practice allows you to clarify your desires, align your actions, and cultivate a sense of purpose and direction.

fall bucket list
fall bucket list

It’s easy to get lost in the swing of things, and forget that the magic of fall is only temporary. My challenge to you is to be mindful of this fall season and do all you can to celebrate and enjoy it while you can. When winter comes, you don’t want to be regretful of all the fall activities you didn’t do. I hope this list provides you with some ideas on how to celebrate fall with self-care in mind ?