Autumn is here and with the season changes bring personal transformation. This change can involve your physical appearance, but more importantly, you have an opportunity to change aspects of yourself that make you who you are. With the right fall glow up ideas, you will find that the changes involving self-improvement will make your appearance shine on the outside because within, you will be happier and healthier.
This is the perfect time to try a new cut, color, or style. The best recommendations are based on your personal face shape and hair type. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this resource.
Remember: You’re never stuck with a bad haircut if you have at least three inches of length to play with. Just grow it out and start experimenting again! It could take some time for your hair to settle into its new look as well.
New cut? Give it a week or two before you judge how the layers work with your curls or volume, etc.
New color? You might need time for it to fade into just the right shade for your skin tone.
Experiment with different makeup looks
One of the best ways to participate in a fall glow up is to experiment with new makeup looks and colors that you have never worn before. A great way to start here is by trying out deeper, darker, and bolder colors, such as copper, bronze, or any color that might be reminiscent of golden autumn leaves.
Try using the same color scheme (or complementary colors) throughout your look so that it all goes together.
Learn something new
There are many ways to improve yourself, but one of the most effective is learning something new. If you want to feel great about yourself, try learning something that will make your life easier or more fun. Here are a few suggestions:
- Learn a new language.
- Learn another skill, such as cooking or painting.
- Learn about a new subject that intrigues you, like history or physics.
Workout 3 times a week
Lacking time? Nobody has time to exercise. So many excuses are made: “I don’t have enough time.” “I’m too busy.” “My schedule is so packed.”
But you’re not going to find more time for exercise than you already have.
You can get in an effective workout with no equipment in twenty-five minutes a day, and that’s if you’re skipping exercises like planks and squats along the way. There’s no limit to what you can do with this workout, and it won’t take long.
Do it every day, and you’ll see results faster than anything else will!
Paint your nails an Autumn color
The easiest way to create a fun fall look is to treat your nails with a little extra love. A fresh coat of polish in an autumn-themed color can really make your outfit pop.
For example, rose gold and other metallic shades are super popular this season because they give the feeling of warmth while still being subtle enough to not feel too heavy or serious.
Other great options include dark reds, oranges and yellows, navy blues, and greens. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a pattern like marbling, leopard or ombre!
To keep things interesting, don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles: matte top coats are always on-trend. Also, consider cool shapes!
Square nails have been mainstream for years now, but almond-shaped nails have been popping up all over Instagram lately. There’s no right answer here–it’s all about what feels best for you!
Exfoliate with Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub
Skin looks and feels so much better after a body scrub. It’s the perfect pick-me-up and this DIY pumpkin spice sugar scrub is absolutely perfect for the fall season!
- In a bowl, mix 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of granulated white sugar, and 1/2 cup of coconut oil until well combined.
- Add 20 drops of cinnamon essential oil and 10 drops of clove essential oil (or another aroma you like).
- Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Walk outdoors and enjoy the fall colors
We’re reminded of the necessity to slow down when we see the leaves changing color, so get up from your desk and head outside. Put on some comfortable shoes and go for a walk outdoors.
It doesn’t even have to be a long walk, just make sure you’re not checking emails or playing games on your phone. Take in the fresh air and beautiful fall colors.
If you have time, find a nice inspirational quote on mental health, print it out as a photo, and carry it with you as inspiration to keep moving forward!
Cut back on the soda
Think about the fall season as a time of renewal, when you can detox your body and make a brand new start for yourself. Instead of drinking caffeine-filled soda all day, use the coming seasons to infuse your body with water.
If you’re looking for something a little more flavorful, try vegetable juices or tea. Those are filled with nutrients and antioxidants that will boost your metabolism while keeping your skin glowing.
Buy new clothes
If you’re looking for a way to feel great, I recommend getting new clothes. Not only will shopping be really fun, but the act of trying on new things can serve as a great way to relieve stress and boost your mood. And if you want to up your glow up game, donate whatever you don’t wear anymore.
It’s the perfect way to get rid of old clothes that don’t fit or no longer feel like parts of your identity.
While we’re on the subject, fall is a great time to experiment with new styles, so play around with different outfits. Go into stores that have clothes that are totally different from what you usually wear and try them on!
You might find something you absolutely love.
Light scented candles
Lighting scented candles is a great way to get in the fall mood. Choose earthy, spicy fragrances like cinnamon, vanilla, and pumpkin spice.
Light them as soon as it gets dark, get on the sofa and treat yourself to a good book and homemade hot chocolate.
Meditation is an excellent method of self-care that can help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day. Even meditation newbies can reap its benefits: lower blood pressure, decreased anxiety, improved sleep quality, enhanced self-awareness, and attention span to name just a few.
With practice, you could also expect increased focus, more happiness, and better relationships with others. In short, it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Though traditional meditation practices often involve sitting quietly in a specific posture for several minutes (or longer), there are many ways to meditate. “In truth, anything that helps make the mind silent is a form of meditation—even washing dishes or ironing clothes if done mindfully with full awareness,” said Swami Satchidananda in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Here are some everyday activities that can be meditative:
- Walking: When your body is moving your mind cannot wander far; it must stay with each step you take as not to lose balance or drift into traffic.
- Gardening: Digging in soil connects us to Mother Earth while tending plants cultivate feelings of gratitude and love.
- Journaling: Whether writing fiction or nonfiction, the act allows us to explore our emotions and thoughts without judgment and connect with our inner voice.”
Keep an Autumn Journal
To keep track of your personal glow up, get a cute notebook and write down your “Autumn Glow Up Journal.” Write down everything that you want to accomplish, things you’re thankful for, things you love about Autumn, ideas of fun activities to do or even just draw pictures to represent how you feel!
You can also use your journal as a place to record what you’ve done each day and how that makes you feel.
It’s important to include emotions because it helps people recognize their emotional connection with certain events.
Journaling is also extremely beneficial because it shows the progression throughout the journeys in our lives.
Are there any days when I didn’t go outside enough? Do I always feel great after spending time with my friends? Am I happier in Autumn than in other seasons?
Having answers to questions like these add an extra layer of self-care and understanding of yourself.
Eat whole foods
Eating whole foods has so many positive effects. You will feel better and lose weight, you will gain energy, and you’ll be healthier overall.
Even if you don’t have any particular health conditions—or even if you do—eating more whole foods can help your body in amazing ways.
This is a great way to get yourself in gear for the fall season. You’ll spend less on eating out and save money on healthcare too! No matter which way you look at it, eating whole foods is a win-win!
Don’t be afraid to try new things, and you’ll feel amazing this fall!
Don’t be afraid to try new things, because you’ll feel amazing this fall. Look for new experiences, and explore your neighborhood or town. You might not have time to travel across the country but you can discover hidden spots nearby.
You can use the changing season as a time to make some positive transformations in your life. You don’t need to let yourself go just because it’s getting cooler outside.
You can turn it into a rebirth if you so desire, and all you have to do is commit to the process.