Samhain self-care is something we sometimes overlook due to the excitement of the season. No matter what path you choose to follow, the beginning of the holiday season can sometimes be enough to make you a little relaxed on your self-care. Of course, for all of those who follow a spiritual path, Samhain in itself is an exciting and unique time that can make us forget or relax on our self-care. 

Why is Samhain Self-Care So Important?

One of my favorite quotes has always been, 

You don’t have to believe in it; it believes in you.

I can not find who initially said it for the life of me, but it has been used in everything from scriptures to Marvel Movies. Still, it proves its potency. 

Self-care during Samhain is a widespread and renowned tradition that goes by many names. As we head into the darker part of the year, we fight seasonal depression. We celebrate the holidays without loved ones, financial issues arise. Many things can affect your mental wellbeing.

Whether you attribute this to Samhain, or you think Samhain self-care is essential, this is where these issues usually arise and begin to rear their ugly heads. I believe this is for many reasons, and I think this is why the original Pagans marked Samhain as the New Year. Things change, whether you are ready, whether you want them to, and whether you believe they will or not.

What Does This Have To Do With Samhain?

Everything. In an attempt to sound far less dramatic, though. We will break it down a bit further. 

A Seasonal Shift

Samhain is the day that marks the mid-point of our seasons. Autumn arrives in force before this day, and we are sitting between the summer energy and the winter’s rest. We can sometimes find it hard to find a balance between the two.

Our Worlds Collide

Whether you refer to spirituality, energy, or our day-to-day life, Samhain is the first step in turning our energy inward. The outside world begins to die to allow this to happen and the part of ourselves focused on the outside world begins to pull inward. Samhain celebrates that death.

Speaking of Death

Not only does Mother Nature start to rest, but Samhain is fondly known in the Pagan Community as the time the veil between the world of the living and the dead is the thinnest. It is an excellent time to say goodbye to those we have lost during the year. We should also focus on the other parts of death; death of our past self, death of a phase in our life, things like that. It is hard at times because we are left alone with those feelings more than ever before, and we can stew in them as long as we see fit.

Preparing For Samhain Self-Care

Yes, I said, preparing. Starting early is an essential step in acceptance. You will make tremendous strides spiritually, mentally, and you will grow during this time, but it is important to grieve the days that lie before us properly. 

  • Prepare for winter- if you garden, properly trim your plants back, cover them, and prepare them to rest. Say goodbye, it sounds silly, but putting your garden to rest, doing final lawn care, and things like that are not only allowing you to say goodbye for the season, but they are allowing mother nature to rest well cared for.
  • Cleanse your home- Our homes stay pretty closed up during winter, and it is vital to cleanse your home. Not only cleansing and renewing energy but dusting, deep cleaning, organizing. It can all help make your home more comforting and welcoming during this time.
  • Document your changes- whether you have a book of shadows, a journal, a blog, or whatever your outlet may be, document your preparations and the changes during this time. Not only will it help sort out the many differences during this time, but it also helps us in the years to come. We figure out what works, what doesn’t, and what you need to do for YOURSELF during this time.

Samhain Self-Care Practices 

I will be updating the blog throughout this month to include more in-depth ideas you can do as a family, with your children, and solo. For now, I want to touch on the subject of what you can do to practice self-care; that way, you have plenty of time to create your rituals, find what works best for you, and embrace the idea of self-care.

Protect and Shield Yourself

However, you choose to do this is up to you. During this time, you need to trust yourself and your intuition. Grounding, shielding, and trusting yourself are vital. The shift can sometimes skew perspective and, as you draw inward, can present as fear or depression. It’s okay to let go and trust yourself.

Embrace Change and Your Energy

Self-care is vital because so much is changing, and the light begins to fade. There is beauty in the darkness; choose to see it. Your energy is focused on you and your inner changes. Take this time to practice, to release, to meditate. The beauty of your magic is that it is limitless; during this time, you need to care for yourself and not pass judgment on yourself, just as you do every day for your loved ones. 

Release What You Need To Let Go

As much as we don’t like it, our flowers die off, our days in the sun are limited, and we release our stronghold on nature and let her rest. Just as you do this for those things, you need to practice this for yourself as well. 

You can fight it all you want, but the leaves will fall, the flowers will die back, and resting will commence. You know there is no sense in fighting nature and the way things work, yet when it comes to looking inward, we do the opposite. We resist change, hold on to things that break us down, and feel like letting go is a bad thing. Your heart and spirit need to rest. 

Release the pain, sadness, and death into the mother, let it die off, and rest with her. It’s not gone; it is just transforming into something beautiful.

Final Thoughts

Being gentle and nurturing yourself during this time is magical. The beauty that lies just beyond the darkness can spark the imagination and cure the soul. We rest during this time so we can renew and grow. Compassion for yourself (past, present, and future) will result in a beautiful mess. 

We hold on so hard to the parts of ourselves that bear no use in the future. Rest, love yourself, open up to the darkness, and choose to look at yourself with kindness.

You may not believe in the magick, dear, but it believes in you.

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As always, thank you for going on this journey with me.


2 Comments

The Whole Spoon Drawer · October 1, 2021 at 12:30 am

This is so interesting! I’m all about self care as a chronically ill person, so this was a fascinating read with a fresh perspective. Thank you for sharing!

    untraditionalmother · October 1, 2021 at 9:45 am

    Thank you for reading! I have a chronic pain disorder and this time of year can be hard on me all the way around! I am glad you found this useful!

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