Too exhausted for Sunday Funday? Enjoy Self-Care Sunday instead!
For me, the beginning of the week is bittersweet. I’m excited about what’s to come, but I also get a little stressed when I think about everything I have to do on Monday.
Instead of letting that pressure get to me, I like to have a chill Sunday and focus on self-care. I wake up super early on weekdays, but today I let myself sleep in until 10 a.m.
Sleeping in is self-care for me, but your self-care might look different. I decided to write this post to give you some ideas for your Self-Care Sunday routine.
If you think it’s selfish to put your needs before the needs of others, you might find it difficult to practice self-care regularly. However, it actually makes you a better person.
How so? Welllllllll, let’s see.
Benefits of self-care:
- It makes you more productive during your work time.
- It promotes overall wellness.
- It helps you manage stress.
- It raises your self-esteem.
- It improves your relationships with others.
- It boosts happiness.
Why “Self-Care Sunday?”
I like practicing self-care on Sunday because it helps me start my week on a positive note. Instead of dreading the beginning of a new week, I feel relaxed and ready to take on the challenges Monday brings.
Ready for some serious Self-Care Sunday inspo? Here are 25 ideas for your day of relaxation:
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1. Catch up on your sleep!
This is the first thing I did today! I slept for a full 11 hours last night. In a busy work week, it’s easy to get behind on sleep. However, healthy sleep habits are crucial for physical and mental health.
Self-care isn’t always about luxury. First and foremost, it means fulfilling your basic needs. That includes adequate sleep.
2. Have breakfast in bed.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and enjoying it in bed is the ultimate way to relax in the morning.
Will you cook a healthy breakfast, or will you go for the chocolate chip pancakes? The right choice is the one that will make you feel the best! That’s what self-care is all about.
3. Eat brunch with a friend.
Sunday is the perfect time to catch up with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. If you feel like getting out and about instead of staying in, why not have brunch at your favorite restaurant with someone you love?
As an adult, I don’t have much time to hang out with my friends. But this year, I want to put more effort into maintaining my relationships with the people I care about. That’s why brunch is a great Self-Care Sunday activity for me.
4. Curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee.
Reading for pleasure is underrated, and it’s something I need to do more!
I don’t personally drink coffee, but I know how motivating that little boost of caffeine can be. If it’s Sunday and you don’t feel like doing anything, try picking up one of your favorite books to read. I think you’ll be surprised by how quickly it draws you in once you start reading!
5. Bake cookies.
To this day, I still can’t decide whether chocolate chip or sugar is better. (Maybe you should bake both!)
If little balls of sugar make you as happy as they make me, baking cookies should definitely be on your Self-Care Sunday agenda.
6. Make yourself a smoothie.
Healthy eating is self-care! As much as I love eating wings, fries, cookies, and cake pops, I don’t always feel like eating unhealthy food.
On days when my body craves nutritional value, smoothies are my go-to. I’ll either make one at home using my favorite blender or go to a local juice bar.
7. Buy fresh flowers for yourself, just because.
Flowers always brighten my day!
And I’m a believer that you don’t need to wait for a significant other to buy you flowers. If you need a little love in your life, just get some for yourself!
8. Host a vision board making party (with mimosas!)
This is a great opportunity to hang out with your friends and get excited about your future. If you need some inspo, check out these 15 vision board tutorials.
The mimosas are just for fun and to celebrate everything you’re going to manifest. But of course, if you don’t want to drink, you could serve light refreshments instead.
9. Start a passion project.
A passion project is simply a hobby that inspires you and gets you excited about life. If you have a dull, stressful, or unfulfilling job but you can’t change careers yet, a passion project will give you something to look forward to in your free time.
If you’re off on Sunday, it’s the perfect time to work on your new passion project! It’s a productive activity you can enjoy instead of sitting around or watching Netflix.
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10. Create a bucket list.
Another way to get excited about life is to create a bucket list!
Your bucket list could be for future travel plans, ways to spend your free time, or things to do before you die. Whatever will help you feel inspired!
11. Do a brain dump.
A brain dump will help you clear your mind and get all your thoughts out onto paper.
I always have tons of ideas floating around in my head. When it becomes overwhelming, I get the urge to write everything out on paper. After I scribble down all my thoughts, I can organize them in a way that makes sense to me.
Especially if you’re a creative professional or entrepreneur, I highly recommend doing a brain dump every once in a while to put your ideas in a tangible format. You don’t want to forget them!
12. Do a digital detox.
Sometimes, the best way to practice self-care is to simply unplug.
Read a book. Go on a hike. Hang out with a friend at the park. Do something creative!
Social media gets stressful for me, so I like to do a digital detox every once in a while to let my mind relax.
13. Start a bullet journal.
If you want to be more organized while doing something creative, a bullet journal would be a fun project for you!
Learn more about starting a bullet journal.
14. Freewrite some poetry.
Even if you don’t think you’re the BEST poetry writer, it shouldn’t matter. There’s no rule that says you have to share your poems with the world!
Poetry is a great way to fully express your emotions and get invested in a creative activity. You can write your poems however you want. Just get lost in the language and let your feelings flow onto paper.
15. Plan your schedule for the week.
Self-Care Sunday is all about reducing stress. If you can’t stop thinking about all the stuff you have to do for the rest of the week, why not take some time to map out your schedule?
Personally, I feel a lot better when I have all my due dates, appointments, and tasks planned ahead of time. When I have peace of mind that I’m not forgetting anything, I can fully relax and enjoy my day.
16. Write down 10 things you’re grateful for.
Practicing gratitude regularly will improve your mindset and help you feel happier daily!
It’s a great thing to include in your self-care routine if you often ask yourself, “What’s the point?” or if you feel like your life sucks. Gratitude journaling will help you remember all the reasons you have to be excited about life.
17. Find a new podcast to listen to.
I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts myself, but it’s something I want to get more into!
This is a productive way to spend your time when you’re stuck in traffic, at the gym, or washing the dishes. Podcasts and audiobooks are an alternative to reading if you simply can’t find the time to sit down and enjoy a book.
18. FaceTime your family.
So, my family doesn’t really FaceTime. We just talk on the phone like boring old chaps.
But especially if you live far away and haven’t seen your loved ones in a long time, I recommend FaceTime because it makes the conversation more personal.
You can even say hello to your furry family members (and laugh at how confused they look when they see you on the screen!)
19. Use a face mask.
I love my skincare products! Even if you only have 15 minutes to dedicate to self-care, a face mask is a quick and easy way to show your skin some love.
Here are some of my face mask favorites:
20. Exfoliate and moisturize your skin.
You should exfoliate your face 2-3 times per week as long as your skin isn’t too sensitive to the exfoliant you’re using. And after you exfoliate, make sure you use a high-quality moisturizer that’s suitable for your skin type!
Exfoliating and moisturizing regularly is the key to maintaining glowing, healthy-looking skin.
21. Try a new shade of lipstick.
Self-care can be as simple as trying a new shade of lipstick!
22. Get your nails done.
I always keep my nails done for the most part. If you don’t normally do anything with your nails, a manicure could be a fun way to change things up! Sometimes I’ll get a low-key pink shade, and other times I’ll do crazy colors.
23. Do some yoga.
I don’t do yoga as often as I should, but I know I always feel better after a relaxing yoga sesh!
When I was in college, my university had hot yoga sessions that were pretty intense. If you’re in the mood for something more challenging, you should try hot yoga!
24. Enjoy a “walk and think.”
I made that phrase up, but a “walk and think” is exactly what it sounds like. Just go for a walk and think about stuff. It will help you relax and clear your mind, especially if you’ve been stressed out lately.
25. Just slow down.
Our 21st century, digital-focused culture moves at lightning speed. For me, Self-Care Sunday is about slowing down, chilling out, and enjoying the little things in life.
If nothing else, live slowly on Sunday. You deserve a break.