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Bingo board: 24 ways to practice self-love with meditation

There's something enchanting—even bewitching—about October.

From the invigorating crispness in the air, to the mesmerizing palette of golds and reds among the leaves, to the heartwarming embrace of pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider, October serves as a poetic reminder of nature's cycles. It's a month that invites introspection, reflection, and rejuvenation, making it the perfect canvas for a self-care refresh.

And we're here with just the right recipe for success.

The science behind October's magic

Believe it or not, there are scientific reasons why October feels so special and restorative to many of us. The transition from summer to autumn is more than just a surface-level shift in temperatures and nature's color palette; it affects our neurochemistry and biological rhythms.

Sunlight and serotonin

As the days grow shorter, our exposure to daylight changes. The intensity and angle of sunlight during autumn mornings can lead to an increase in serotonin production, a neurotransmitter associated with mood stabilization, happiness, and well-being.

Psychological effects of Fall's palette

The rich golds, fiery reds, and warm browns of autumn leaves have been linked to feelings of warmth, comfort, and nostalgia. Studies have shown that exposure to these colors can reduce stress levels and increase feelings of happiness and contentment.

Physical activity and endorphins

October's pleasant temperatures make it an ideal month for outdoor activities like hiking, apple picking, or simply going for a long walk. Physical activity releases endorphins, which are the body's natural mood lifters.

So the next time you're wrapped up in a scarf, sipping on your pumpkin spice latte, and enjoying the crisp October air, remember that there's science behind that soothing feeling. 

October Wellness Bingo Board

If you're feeling as inspired by October as we are, consider leaning into that enthusiasm to up your wellness game. 

This Bingo board is full of concrete ideas to help you dive into the autumn vibes while simultaneously prioritizing your mental health and wellness. So challenge yourself—and a friend or two—to get Bingo!

(Want to print this Bingo board? Right-click on the image and select “Save Image As.” Choose a location on your computer to save the image. Once saved, open the file, print it, and then challenge yourself to get Bingo!)

Continue your wellness journey with Balance

Hopefully this October Wellness Bingo Board inspires you to fully embrace and enjoy the magic of October.

And if you're looking for continued inspiration and support for your mental wellness, consider downloading the award-winning Balance meditation and sleep app on iOS or Android. Balance offers a curated suite of meditation practices, sleep stories, guided exercises, and so much more. Think of it as a digital sanctuary, or better yet, a personal wellness coach available 24/7. And here's the cherry on top: Balance grants you unlimited access free for the first year. So why wait? 

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