12 Self Care Sunday Ideas

Hello, readers.

I hope you are all having the best day!

Many of you may have heard of the newest blogging/lifestyle trend that has become popular out there in the blog world… Self-care Sunday.

What is self-care Sunday? Well, basically it is the idea of taking a little time for yourself on a Sunday to do things that nourish your mind body and soul. Sounds simple, positive and awesome. Sounds like something I would like to write about!

I will be completely honest when I say that I have been taking part in my own personal self-care Sunday routine for years. Although I never really thought of it as self-care Sunday, it was just kind of something I did. So this is nowhere near a new concept for moi, and I am so excited that this is a thing now. Yay!

It is so important to create your own little routine of self-care, no matter the day of the week you choose to do it on. Take some ideas from my own Self-care Sunday routine or one of these other self-love posts. Happy Sunday everyone!

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Staying in

Sleep in

You may be surprised what benefits sleeping in just once a week can have on your overall health and well-being. In fact, sleep in general is proven to be the way our bodies recover and recuperate, in case you didn’t already know. So if you are not getting enough of it during the week then the least you can do for yourself is sleep in that extra hour on the weekend if life lets you.

Check out this post on reasons you should start napping if you are looking for a better excuse to work sleep into your self-care ritual.

Bake something

I guess this only counts if you actually enjoy baking… which I do… which is why it is on my list.

Baking something yummy on a Sunday is a great mindful activity and a wonderful way to create something delicious for yourself to enjoy for the week ahead. I have been baking my own bread lately and it is surprisingly satisfying and I love having fresh non-processed bread to eat during the week. Little changes in your life like this can add up to an overall happier self!


So far this list looks like my typical Sunday, honestly it makes me happy just writing it.

Meditation is something I feel so strongly about as it is a huge part of my life and spiritual practice. Whether you do it regularly or have never tried it before, taking 10 minutes to yourself to sit and be in the present moment is the ultimate self-love activity.

You will walk away feeling relaxed, happy and ready to tackle the week ahead.

Read a book

I work in an office, beneath fluorescent lights all day long, staring at a computer screen. This artificial human environment can be rather harsh. If you find yourself in a similar circumstance than perhaps you might feel a little overstimulated.

Unwinding and taking some time to read before the hectic and sometimes mind intrusive week ahead is a great way to mellow out before the steady go, go, go of office life.

Check out some reading inspiration here. 

Get crafty

Crafting is another great mindful activity. If you are a crafty person then this is a way to practice mindfulness and get those creative energies going. Another bonus is if you have kids you can easily enjoy this self-care activity as a family. Turn on some tunes and browse Pinterest for some great craft ideas, or head to a craft shop and just chill.

Pamper yourself

For the sake of this post by pampering yourself I don’t mean indulging in “shopping therapy” or some other means of distraction. What I mean is light some candles, run an amazing bath filled with Epsom salts and bubbles and drift away.

Give yourself a facial, paint your nails. Just relax…

Make meals for the week

This is a great Sunday evening activity that will save you so much time and stress throughout the week. If you pack a lunch every day then there are loads of options for quick healthy recipes that you can prepare, pack and store for the entire week ahead.

This will not only help you save time during the week but it will also help stop you from eating take-out when you don’t have time to make something. It certainly helps me out.

Going out

Brunch with a friend

Aw brunch! Not only is this my favorite meal I think ever, it is also one of my favorite activities. Waffles and bacon anyone?

Meeting up with a friend for a lazy afternoon brunch and catch up is something everyone should make a little more time for. Even if it is only once and a while.

Flea market or Framers market

Heading to a market on Sunday is a healthier way to collect your groceries for the week ahead. Not only are you helping support your community and reducing your carbon footprint you are also taking a step towards a healthier you.

Go to the movies

Who doesn’t like going to the movies? A Sunday morning or afternoon movie on a rainy day may be just what the doctor ordered. Just be sure to see a movie that you actually want to watch, that’s the only catch.

Get out in Nature

If you have a garden then spending time outdoors tending to it is a wonderful way to waste away the day. You can sit in your yard and read a book or head to the park for a stroll. Getting outside and in the fresh air is wonderful for rejuvenation and our overall health and wellbeing.

Family Dinner

Sunday often seems to be the day when families gather together to share a special meal. Inviting your extended family over for dinner or visiting your parents or relatives to enjoy time together is an increasingly underrated activity. It is important to make time for our family as they are truly the backbone in our lives.

Life is busy and even trying to fit one of these activities into your Sunday routine may be difficult. But hey, it’s all about attitude no matter what it is you do.

If you don’t have time to add some steady self-care into your life then what does that say about the relationship you have with yourself? Does that mean you don’t care about yourself as much as you care about work, your kids, your partner, your chores? Maybe…

Why not throw away the excuses and take every opportunity to care for yourself.

Taking just 10 minutes to do one thing is a wonderful place to start and if that is all you can do then smile because you did it. Don’t forget about yourself, because after all you are stuck with yourself for the rest of your life long after everything and everyone else is gone.

Happy Sunday!




  1. Jeyda Karamehmet | 22nd Jan 17

    Love this! Very true we should always make time for ourselves.

  2. Jeyda Karamehmet | 22nd Jan 17

    Love this! It’s true we should always make sometime for ourselves.

  3. Jeyda Karamehmet | 22nd Jan 17

    Love this! It’s true we should always make time for ourselves.

  4. unfoldingenlightenment | 22nd Jan 17

    So agree with you . Have a lovely day

  5. usathroughoureyes | 22nd Jan 17

    Yes, we agree with how Sundays should be spent.

  6. Tabi Bee | 22nd Jan 17

    I love the idea of Self Care Sunday! Some great tips and ideas here too! 😊❤️


    • StephJ | 23rd Jan 17

      Thank you! I will have to check it out!

  7. Mary Lynn | 22nd Jan 17

    I like this a lot. designating a day for our needs is so important esp when our time is consumed by other obligations. I need to try this. Thanks for the tips

    • StephJ | 23rd Jan 17

      I think it is so important also. Thanks for reading!

  8. angelanoelauthor | 22nd Jan 17

    I love these ideas! I like a long bath, a glass of infused cucumber water, and a great book for my self-care days. This is a trend, I can get behind for sure. Thanks for the ideas and the post.

    • StephJ | 23rd Jan 17

      Thank you for reading!

  9. Jon | 22nd Jan 17

    Great advice! I slept in today on this lazy sunday!

    • StephJ | 23rd Jan 17

      Thats great! 🙂

  10. lakeafton | 22nd Jan 17

    My self day includes worship at my church, singing in the choir, drinking coffee, and enjoying friends!

    • StephJ | 23rd Jan 17

      Sounds wonderful!

    • christianartweb | 4th Jun 17

      I feel my need for community is met at my church that meets at the Appleton Y; today we also had a picnic at a park after church to get to know each other better and let the kids play in the beautiful weather. Then I can rest, read and renew at home. I need a balance of people and quiet time on Sundays!

      • StephJ | 5th Jun 17

        That sounds like a wonderful way to spend a Sunday!

  11. Sara | 23rd Jan 17

    I am a huge advocate for self care and you hit the nail on the head. Thank you for the lovely ideas

  12. Louise | 23rd Jan 17

    Ah! Sunday is my favourite day of the week. It is my one day to sleep in. Then I blog or read a bit, got to the gym, take my kids for a swim, and then we all go to my parents for dinner so I don’t cook. It is a glorious day. So I guess I’ve been doing self-care Sunday for a few years myself 🙂

    • StephJ | 23rd Jan 17

      Sounds like a great routine.

  13. gailthefabulaphile | 23rd Jan 17

    Saturdays are normally my self care day. I usually take the time to be at home and recharge; read a book, watch a show, hang out with my cats. One of my favorite moments is to make coffee while my family is still sleeping so the only sound is the coffee machine and it’s like the most soothing thing.

    • StephJ | 23rd Jan 17

      That is a wonderful comforting way to start the day, the smell of fresh coffee. Sounds lovely!

  14. Wellspring Health and Wellness | 23rd Jan 17

    Your self-care Sunday sounds like heaven. I want to do every single thing on your list! I’m also a big proponent of self-care. I see it as a sign of self respect. I’d love to have you come visit my blog. http://www.wellspringhealthandwellness.com

    • StephJ | 23rd Jan 17

      Thank you! I will check it out.

  15. Literary Weaponry | 23rd Jan 17

    I’ve never considered something like this before. Most of the time the weekend is just time to get more chores done so I start the next week feeling just as tired as I was before the weekend. I think I’ll give this a try this Sunday and see how it goes. Thanks for the idea!

    • StephJ | 23rd Jan 17

      I hope you find the time to try one thing. It may help to do wonders for you 🙂

  16. Roxie Watt ❄ (@beautbluebird) | 23rd Jan 17

    Love the idea od a self-care Sunday. Reading and baking are definitely my two favourite Sunday activities.

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

    • StephJ | 23rd Jan 17

      Thank you for reading!

  17. Karen Grosz | 23rd Jan 17

    I love to stop and do things differently than I do the rest of the week on Sunday. I especially make sure i read a good book.

  18. Karen R | 23rd Jan 17

    I can always use some new self-care ideas! I had never thought of baking as a form of self-care, but now that I think about it, it can be so relaxing and in the end you have delicious treats! (:

    • StephJ | 23rd Jan 17

      So true! It is a win win!

  19. Sarah Ricker | 23rd Jan 17

    These are all great ideas! It’s far too common to forget about taking care of yourself and treating yourself every once in a while! Baking and a long hot bubble bath are my two favorite ways to self pamper!

    • StephJ | 23rd Jan 17

      It is so true! Thanks for reading 🙂

  20. Bria | Tendril Wild Blog | 23rd Jan 17

    These are all wonderful ways to practice self care! I love finding other bloggers who love to discuss self care practices, too. 🙂

    I especially love the suggestions of sleeping in/getting more rest, pampering yourself, or having a brunch date with a friend. One of my favorite ways to practice self care is by pampering myself. I usually put my favorite t.v. show or Netflix show on, do my nails, try a new face mask, etc. It’s so therapeutic and relaxing for me!

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    • StephJ | 23rd Jan 17

      Thank you! I hope that more people try to remember to do that same, it really does wonders 🙂

  21. Bria | Tendril Wild | 23rd Jan 17

    These are all wonderful ways to practice self care! I love finding other bloggers who love to discuss self care practices, too. 🙂

    I especially love the suggestions of sleeping in/getting more rest, pampering yourself, or having a brunch date with a friend. One of my favorite ways to practice self care is by pampering myself. I usually put my favorite t.v. show or Netflix show on, do my nails, try a new face mask, etc. It’s so therapeutic and relaxing for me!

    Latest post on my blog: How I Tripled My Blog Traffic in 2 Weeks!

  22. rawsonjl | 23rd Jan 17

    These are fabulous suggestions and ideas!

  23. familytreedet | 24th Jan 17

    Great advice.

  24. Coffee Doll | 25th Jan 17

    This was a nice post! Keep it up

  25. Hridyaaa | 25th Jan 17

    nice post… loved it

  26. austinkrehbiel | 25th Jan 17

    Reblogged this on ACHIEVE | HAPPY and commented:
    Remember that life happens in the present. Goal setting is important, but you must also take time to experience life and love yourself often. This is a great blog post for taking care of yourself. I reccomend anyone to check out her blog as well 🙂

  27. austinkrehbiel | 25th Jan 17

    Amazing post! Taking time to enjoy yourself is essential to achieving happiness. I love this and I’ve reblogged it. Keep up your amazong content 🙂

    • StephJ | 25th Jan 17

      Thanks so much for sharing. It is so true we all need to make it more of a priority.

  28. beforethewin | 25th Jan 17

    I hadn’t heard of this but I am completely behind it!

  29. myrelok | 25th Jan 17

    Great article and good writing! Thanks for visiting my blog. I will be following yours!

    • StephJ | 25th Jan 17

      Thank you!

      • myrelok | 25th Jan 17

        Welcome…pleased to meet your acquaintance. Have a blessed day!

  30. Veronika | 25th Jan 17

    Cooking is my favorite activity to just relax. Its almost a meditation for me 🙂

  31. kelsieneal | 26th Jan 17

    Amazing honestly

  32. Mithai Mumblezz | 29th Jan 17

    Really nice ideas, have to try these out!!☺☺

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  34. selfcaremadeeasy | 31st Jan 17

    I really enjoyed your post. The part about baking fresh bread for the week really resonated with me. It’s inspired me to make some banana nut bread soon! I also liked the part about taking some time to go outside, it can be so refreshing. I am new to blogging and just started a blog on the topic of self care if you’d like to check it out!


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    • StephJ | 31st Jan 17

      Oh how awesome! I will check out your blog now. Thanks for reading 🙂

  35. tpicou10 | 3rd Feb 17

    Great ideas! I love baking to relax but always feel guilty breaking my diet! Such a catch 22 lol

  36. Iridescence | 17th Feb 17

    I absolutely love Sundays—especially because I have college six days a week and Sundays are the only days off. Sure, I spend half my day blogging and completing assignments, but the relaxed mood is the best.

  37. V K Browne | 26th Feb 17

    Great tips! Sunday’s nearly over, here in the UK, but saving some tips for next weekend!

  38. mylogbuk | 4th Mar 17

    love all of it!

  39. neuroticocomic | 16th Apr 17

    Thanks for dropping by my blog!


  40. thefrescoapartment | 22nd Apr 17

    Reblogged this on the fresco apartment and commented:
    Personally, I thought this is lovely!

    • StephJ | 22nd Apr 17

      I am glad you think so. Lots of ❤️

  41. Rachael Moore | 20th May 17

    Love the idea of self care Sunday. First saw it on Iskra Lawrence’s YouTube channel recently and I think it’s great other people advocate self care so much! I’ve not been out to any markets or church in while, think I might check it out again 🙂 Thanks for posting!

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  43. Yentl | 3rd Jul 17

    Sundays are my days to unwind and relax:) My fave thing is sleeping in! Lol

    • stephaniewp | 4th Jul 17

      Agreed! I can always use a good sleep in once sunday comes around 🙂

  44. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle | 4th Dec 17

    I really love these ideas. It’s important to take time to take care of yourself. You’re the only one that can nurture your spirit the way that it needs to be nurtured.

  45. Lisa Favre | 4th Dec 17

    I haven’t slept in in a very long time. Oh how I wish to do that on a Sunday one day. Once my boys are teenagers it may be a possibility! Teens love their sleep!

  46. Yasaman Ebrahimifardoei | 4th Dec 17

    Those are absolutely up my alley!

  47. Liz Mays | 4th Dec 17

    I do like the idea for self-care Sunday. I never seem to fit that sort of thing into my schedule. I like your ideas!

  48. Vera Sweeney | 4th Dec 17

    With my work load, and kids, it’s hard to care for myself. Luckily, my husband steps up and helps me get some “me” time.

  49. Jody | 5th Dec 17

    It is SO important, especially as a mom, to take care of yourself so that you can take care of your family. I love the idea of taking some time once a week to refresh and do something for yourself.

  50. Ada | 5th Dec 17

    Reading a book and baking are two of my favorite ways to practice self care.

  51. Jocelyn at Hip Mama's Place | 5th Dec 17

    Self care is really important especially when you have people to look after. I think it’s really nice to take the time and focus on yourself. These are wonderful ideas!

  52. 3boysandanoldlady | 5th Dec 17

    These are great ideas. Me? I’m definitely a sleep in when I can type person. Or just lie in the bed for a little while longer. It also helps that I really do pride myself on getting enough rest. Hey life is stressful and resting my mind and body gives me strength to deal with all life’s challenges.

  53. Farrah Less G. | 5th Dec 17

    Is it so much house chores to do every weekend in a short time? Sometimes I complain 2 days are not enough to finish everything. Sunday is my family day after going to church either I make brunch at home or we eat out. Nowadays I needed my “Me time” 🙂

  54. Terri Beavers | 5th Dec 17

    What creative ideas for taking care of self. I hope everyone who reads your blog will try a few of these. I love to read and be outside so it would be great to combine these.

  55. Alicia Trautwein | 5th Dec 17

    These are all great tips, but my favorite by far is sleeping in. It is so nice to occasionally sleep in until your body tells you its time to wake up!

  56. Kathy | 5th Dec 17

    I’m loving all these ideas. I usually do sleep in, but not always when you have kids. They seem to want to get up early all the time.

  57. Up Run for Life Healthy Lifestyle Blog | 5th Dec 17

    I have been working on taking time on Sunday for self-care. I usualy end up playing games on my phone, coloring, or reading a book.

  58. AmyH | 6th Dec 17

    I love a lot of the ideas you have listed above. This time of year is so crazy that I haven’t had the time to take for myself.

  59. Mrs. D | 6th Dec 17

    These are awesome guidelines and ideas. It’s been awhile since I went to shop at a flea market and go to the movies. With the newborn, it’s a struggle. Thanks for sharing!

  60. Lynndee | 6th Dec 17

    We consider Sunday as our family day of rest. No chores at all. We spend it either watching movies here at home or going out to a theater and eating out.

  61. Angela Ricardo Bethea | 6th Dec 17

    Those are some great ideas, self care is really important. Some people get to caught up in the moment that they forget to care for themselves.

  62. Cyn Gagen | 6th Dec 17

    Taking time for ourselves is so important. My Sundays are usually spent (after church) having some quiet time and just letting my mind take a break.

  63. Tim B | 6th Dec 17

    I have a stack of books piling up want to read but never seem to be able to find the time. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I really should just spend some time relaxing one weekend and get to reading them.

  64. Shannon Gurnee | 7th Dec 17

    These are definitely some great ideas for self care. I love to go and get my hair or nails done. It’s relaxing and I feel so pretty afterwards.

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