It’s October – the month of spooks, spirits, and stacks of sweet treats.
This Halloween, however, things will undoubtedly be a little different. With social distancing still vital and many of us in self-isolation, trick or treating’s cancelled, and Halloween parties are postponed.
All of this isn’t great for the Halloween mood. It’s scary, yes, but not fun scary (it’s just downright real-life scary).
But just because you won’t be partying hard or collecting candy this Halloween, it doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate. Why not take the Halloween holiday as a chance to focus on yourself?
Focus on Yourself
It’s been an exhausting year. The covid-19 pandemic has overwhelmed the country, and much of our lives are inundated with worry, fear, and uncertainty for the months ahead. By making some time to focus on yourself – however, that looks to you – you’ll be practising self-care.
It can feel a little odd to focus on yourself when so much of our everyday lives are about focusing on others: what people think, feel, or need help with.
But all this outward focus can be draining. When you focus too much on other people and too little on yourself, you lose sight of your true values. You become less capable of truly making a difference in other peoples’ lives as you’re so exhausted and less in touch with yourself.
What Exactly Is Self-care?
Self-care is pretty simple really: it’s about taking care of yourself. This can be done in many ways. You could practice self-care by eating healthily and writing a meal plan each Sunday, or you could earmark 10 minutes for gentle yoga practice when you wake up each day.
Self-care looks different to everyone, but it’s always about prioritising your mental, physical, and spiritual health.
How Can I Practice Self-care This Halloween?
This Halloween, you can practice self-care wherever you are in the world, and you can fit it around whatever you’re doing. Self-care doesn’t require you to devote a whole day to it – it can be as simple as taking 5 minutes for yourself.
If you’ve been feeling a little off colour or anxious, you’ll feel much better from a little self-care this Halloween – especially if it’s festive-themed.
Take a look our list on 30 ways to practice self-care this Halloween and see if anything takes your fancy. With all these ideas, we’re sure something will spark your imagination.
31 Ways to Practice Self-care This Halloween
- Make pumpkin soup (Try this recipe here)
- Get creative! Write the start of a spooky story
- Light a candle and spend 5 minutes thinking about things you’re grateful for
- Dress up in your favourite Halloween costume and dance around your living room
- Connect with friends or family – organize a Zoom call or get a coffee together
- Watch a scary movie
- Bake these dark chocolate Halloween cookies
- Go pumpkin picking
- Cook an Autumnal meal for yourself (for ingredient ideas think pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, ginger, apples, beets, and carrots)
- Go for a walk in your local park and enjoy the crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet
- Listen to a Halloween-themed playlist
- Take a bubble bath and scrub up with some spooky soaps
- Warm-up with a hot chocolate or spiced coffee
- Curl up with a scary story (here are some book ideas to check out)
- Play a Halloween trivia game with your family (find inspiration for questions here)
- Burn some incense and relax in the calming aroma
- Take a social media break for the day – switch off and chill out
- Read a self-help article on something you love, i.e. cooking, meditating, relaxing, exercising etc.
- Watch a YouTube video for Halloween decoration inspiration, then spend time decorating your home
- Bake a Halloween-themed muffins
- Wear some cosy socks and cuddle up in front of a log burner or fire
- Find an online Halloween event or retreat (find ideas in our Recommended Events Section here)
- Create a Halloween ritual – it’s a Blue Moon this Halloween!
- Pamper your face with a pumpkin face mask (make one using this recipe)
- Paint your nails Halloween colours (black, gold, orange, purple…)
- Write a list of habits you want to let go
- Create a list of qualities you’d like to attract (kindness, empathy, compassion?)
- Look after your locks with this pumpkin and cinnamon hair mask
- Make some Halloween cocktails or mocktails (ideas here)
- Get inspired by Halloween makeup tutorials and try them out on yourself
- Protect yourself by creating your own Halloween face masks
And there you have it – 31 ways to practice self-care this Halloween.
This Saturday, 31 October, take some time for yourself and try out one of these ideas. By making time for you, you’ll ensure you’re in the best place to help care for those around you.
Once you’ve tried a self-care practice on Halloween, try another idea the next day. By developing a regular self-care routine – even if you devote just 10 minutes a day to yourself – you’ll feel better.
Gradually you’ll notice you feel healthier and happier, both in your physical and mental wellbeing.
So, this Halloween, be kind to yourself. Love your mind and body, and then watch this love naturally extend to your loved ones and those around you.
Self-care isn’t selfish – it’s necessary.
Practice Self-care this Halloween.