31 ways to take care of yourself this in October! Here is an October Self-Care Tracker. Feel free to do these in any order you like. See how many pumpkins you can get as you re-dedicate yourself to self-care.
Thursday, October 1. Take a twilight stroll and enjoy the beautiful full Harvest Moon today.
Friday, October 2. There are many needs right now. Victims of the California wildfires is one. Make a donation, no matter how small. If all you can afford is a dollar, donate a dollar. Send generosity into the universe.
Saturday, October 3. Decorate your Halloween home.
Sunday, October 4. Wash your hands with Halloween soap from Bath and Body Works: Vampire Blood (berry, jasmine and plum), Purrfect Pumpkin (pumpkin, cinnamon and vanilla) or Candy Corn Treats (candy corn, lavender and marshmallow).
Monday, October 5. It’s Mindfulness Monday. Doing one thing while staying in the moment is similar to meditation. Slowly savor a cup of hot apple cider while relaxing.
Tuesday, October 6. Take a Pumpkin Spice coffee break.
Wednesday, October 7. It’s Work Out Wednesday! Work out…with a pumpkin!
Thursday, October 8. We all have to wear face masks. Why not make it a Halloween one? Here are some Halloween design face masks from Etsy.
Friday, October 9. Mail Halloween greeting cards on World Post Day, using USPS Halloween stamps. You can buy cards at Dollar Tree (2 for $1) or make your own.
Saturday, October 10. Take a historic ghost walking tour, such as the Old Town Alexandria Ghost Walking Tour (for older children and adults — it really is spooky).
Sunday, October 11. Take what my son calls a “spooky house ride” — a leisurely, evening drive to see homes decorated with Halloween lights, pumpkins and spooky decor. And it’s pandemic-safe. First stop: the Ni Family’s Halloween display and lights at 2528 Drexel Street in Vienna, Virginia.
Monday, October 12. It’s Mindfulness Monday. Maybe it’s too hard to remember to write a gratitude journal entry every day. But could you write an entry once a month? Today, write down what you are grateful for today.
Tuesday, October 13. Tingle with Autumn ASMR. These types of videos are best enjoyed with headphones or ear buds, as most of them are whispered or spoken at low volume. Some people use them to fall asleep.
Wednesday, October 14. It’s Workout Wednesday! Play Halloween music and dance! Or do your favorite workout. Here’s a playlist.
Thursday, October 15. Take a free, live, online Halloween craft class.
Friday, October 16. Tonight is the New Moon. This is a great time to take healing bath while you ponder your intentions for the rest of the month. Light some candles in your bathroom and soak in a bath with Epsom salts or your favorite, scented bubble bath. Epsom salts are rich in magnesium, a mineral that can relax your muscles and ease tension.
Sunday, October 18. Make Pumpkin Pancakes for breakfast. Pumpkin is loaded with beta carotene, fiber and other nutrients.
Monday, October 19. Reduce stress with a Halloween meditation.
Tuesday, October 20. Laughter is the best medicine. Listen to this Halloween episode of the old-time radio program, Our Miss Brooks (1949).
Wednesday, October 21. It’s Work Out Wednesday. Try this “Thriller” themed Zumba dance class.
Thursday, October 22. Treat yourself to Pumpkin Marshmallow Latte scented hand sanitzer from Bath and Body Works, while supplies last (5 for $8).
Friday, October 23. Watch a black and white horror movie from the 1930s or 1940s. Or make it an at-home film festival and watch one a day until Halloween! Don’t forget the home-made popcorn. My favorites: Dracula (1931), Dracula’s Daughter (1936), Cat People (1942), The Mummy (1932), The Wolfman (1942), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and The Black Cat (1934).
Saturday, October 24. Have you ever taken a walk in a cemetery? Explore one of the many serene and beautiful and historic cemeteries in Alexandria, Virginia. Other options: the National Cemetery in Falls Church (for its beautiful sculpture fountain) and historic Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
Sunday, October 25. While social distancing, spend the day outdoors and visit a pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern. Don’t forget to take pictures!
Monday, October 26. Irish immigrants brought their ancient traditions associated with Halloween to America. And that’s why we have jack-o-lanterns! Carve a jack-o-lantern or two on National Pumpkin Day. Creativity is a stress buster, making this a seasonal self-care activity! Be sure to roast the seeds, too. They are full of healhty nutrients.
Tuesday, October 27. Take a cat nap on National Black Cat Day.
Wednesday, October 28. It’s Workout Wednesday! Here is a yoga routine for all of you zombies out there.
Thursday, October 29. Today is National Oatmeal Day. Have some oatmeal for breakfast or try oatmeal as a low-calorie, light dinner, if you are trying to lose weight. Oatmeal has lots of fiber and can help lower your cholesterol. You can flavor plain oatmeal with apple butter or pumpkin butter for a fall treat.
Friday, October 30. Make some vegetarian chili. It will taste even better tomorrow. I usually make this chili for Halloween dinner.
Saturday, October 31 – Happy Halloween! Tonight it is also a full moon and it is a Blue Moon. Offer a pandemic-safe, no-contact or low-contact trick or treating experience. Mark off 6-foot social distancing spaces with jack o lanterns or luminaria or other markers. Alternatively, set up a table at the end of your driveway for trick or treaters. Pass out individually sealed bags of treats for trick or treaters or leave out a bowl of treats.