Fall in love with an Autumn inspired writing prompt for self-care this October

This Fall more than ever I’ve been reflecting on what nourishes me and what may be things I can begin to let go of. Below are four writing prompts I’m planning on carving time out of my week for.

Week of October 4th, 2020

  • Reflect on the past summer season. Possibly write down memorable moments, notice how you feel as you look back. Looking forward to this Autumn, what are some past or new experiences you’d like to have this season?

Week of October 11th, 2020

  • How can I simplify, slow down, and be in this moment? Fall is traditionally about reaping the harvest, but it is also about transitioning into renewal, rest, and recovery. How can I support myself in the transition to slowing down, even if only for a few moments, each day?

Week of October 18th, 2020

  • As the days get shorter, how can I bring warmth and sunlight into my daily experience?

Week of October 25th, 2020

  • What resources, supports, connections have I been putting off using or reaching out to? What are some of the barriers to those? Are there any I haven’t considered?

Other considerations:

  • Write down some activities or habits you’d like to try for the upcoming fall season. This can be as simple as going for a mindful walk in the park and noticing the change in color of your surroundings and how the air might feel crisp as you breathe it in. Try to choose no more than three to focus on.
  • Are there seasonal smells, teas, flavors, colors or clothes that you’d like bring out of storage and into easier to reach areas? If items are in view or easily accessible, you’re more likely to use them.
  • Consider and look back on your year. Have you been to your checkups and teeth cleanings? Is it time to consider seeking a mental health professional to help support you in processing the last year and all of the transitions it came with?

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About The Author
Faith Ulsh Joana Couto, LAC Hello! I’m a therapist at Olive Branch Therapy Group. I am a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC). I received my undergraduate degree from Rutgers University majoring in psychology and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. My graduate degree is from The College of New Jersey, where I completed the Clinical Mental Health Track as well as the educational requirements for the Addiction and Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy Track. I’ve been in practice since 2018.