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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 out 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.