As a society we have been so focused on our work and fulfilling the needs of other people that sometimes it gets hard to take care of ourselves.
However, self care is an important part of life! In this article we will be sharing with you some tips for looking after yourself and how you can make self care a priority moving forward.
Your Self care Sunday can start this week!
What is Self Care Sunday?
Self care involves anything that you intentionally do to take care of your emotional, physical and mental health.
With the busyness of life, more often than not, taking care of ourselves takes a back seat to the rest of our lives.
Self care Sunday’s are a day dedicated to doing whatever it is that you need to do to make yourself feel good. It may be setting aside a few hours to take a bath, put on a face mask or read a book. Or you may meet up with friends for lunch or it might be a specific time set aside for you to visit a therapist.
Why Self Care Sunday is important?
Self care Sunday’s are important because they allow for a day to be set aside to focus on your needs and not those of others. It allows us to prioritize our own health and wellbeing.
Focusing on taking care of yourself means that you are able to replenish, rejuvenate and recharge, so that you can be better at being the person who helps and supports other people.
28 Best Self Care Sunday Ideas
1. Take Time To Wake Up In The Morning
Self care for you may include taking time to enjoy waking up on a Sunday. If you don’t have anywhere to be, then don’t even worry about setting an alarm and allow yourself to sleep in.
If you do have something that needs to get done, then set your alarm for a time when you would feel the most refreshed and energized by it.
This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a cup of coffee or breakfast in bed. Why not cook up something delicious like French toast or scrambled eggs.
2. Move Your Body
One of the best ways to practice self care is by moving your body. This could include joining a yoga class or doing any other type of workout that you enjoy.
If you are looking for something that doesn’t require a lot of your time or money, then take some time to explore the outdoors. You could go on a walk or hike amongst nature. You could even look up exercise professionals who provide free workouts on Youtube.
The important thing is to allow yourself to destress and enjoy life.
3. Read A Book
Another Sunday self care idea is to grab one of your favorite books and find a cozy spot to enjoy it.
You could even take this opportunity to read an inspiring, self-help type of book that will help motivate you and teach you new things about yourself.
4. Enjoy A Spa Day
A spa day is a must have when it comes to a self care Sunday routine. You could give yourself a facial using a face mask. A facial is the perfect way to clean out your pores and give yourself some much needed TLC.
If you don’t have time for a full treatment, then just focus on the most important parts of your face. Such as; cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and moisturizing your skin.
Alternatively, you could book in a massage or spa treatment with a professional.
5. Get A Manicure And Pedicure
If enjoying a spa day is a bit too much for you, getting a manicure and pedicure on your self care Sunday may be exactly what you need to relax, unwind and have some fun.
Alternatively, you could paint your nails at home while you are watching a movie.
6. Start Journalling
Journalling is an amazing form of self care. Taking the time to journal, is a good way to release your thoughts and feelings. As well as release the stress that may have been building up inside you.
You can journal about your week, your goals or anything you need to get off your chest. Journalling is great for your mental health and is perfect for anyone that loves to write.
7. Enjoy Gardening
Another great self care Sunday idea is to get out and garden. Bringing nature back into the home can be very soothing, especially when things are busy.
Gardening can help us feel more grounded and connected with ourselves, as well as the earth we live on all while enjoying a good day in your yard or local park. If you don’t have a garden, you can grow herbs inside and create an indoor garden. This provides an added benefit of fresh herbs whenever you need them in your cooking!
8. Practice Meditation or Stillness
Another great self care Sunday activity is meditation or simply being still. This is a great activity to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed or tired.
Meditation is an amazing way to focus on your breathing, and really take in the moment. Whether it’s for five minutes or an hour you will be left feeling relaxed and refreshed afterwards.
You can also try simply being still, which doesn’t mean sitting in one place for hours on end. This could be as simple as taking time out of your day and going outside just to take some deep breaths.
9. Clear Clutter From Around Your House
For many people clearing clutter from around the house can be both relaxing and a great way to set themselves up for the week.
This could be as simple as tidying up and putting away all the clothes that are strewn around your bedroom, or a full on room-by-room deep clean. Self care is all about what makes you feel best and for some people that is getting on top of their cleaning schedule!
10. Do What You Love
Another self care Sunday idea is doing something you love. Whether it’s reading an old book from childhood, watching your favorite movie or spending time with someone you love.
Doing something you love on a Sunday is the perfect way to indulge yourself.
11. Make A Plan For The Coming Week
Making a plan or schedule for the coming week is a great way to make self care Sunday even more effective.
The plan could be as simple as planning your meals for the week ahead or writing a list of all the things you need to do this coming week, or even prepping a grocery list of what you need to buy.
When you create a to-do list, it increases our sense of accomplishment and will ensure that you are more productive the following week.
12. Meal Prep
Meal prepping is another way to create a solid self care Sunday routine.
It is a good way to prepare yourself for the week ahead and save time in your busy schedule. You can plan your lunches and dinners for the coming week and Sunday is a great day to do this.
Meal prepping also ensures that your meals are healthy and nutritious.
13. Bake Something Delicious
Baking something delicious or decadent on a Sunday is a good form of self care, as it allows us to indulge a bit in the things that we really enjoy.
However, make sure not to overindulge. Limit yourself to one or two treats, so that you don’t regret it later. You could try a new recipe each week and share the treats with your family and friends.
14. Do A Netflix Or Movie Binge
Another self care Sunday tip is to pop on your favorite movie or binge watch a series on Netflix. This is perfect on those cooler or rainy days when you don’t feel like going outside.
They are also perfect when your partner is available and keen to join you for a self care day. You can bond together over the movies that you watch and enjoy each other’s company.
15. Practice Saying No
One of the best ways that we can look after ourselves is by practicing saying ‘no’. It is so easy to to overextend ourselves so much that we end up feeling exhausted, stressed and resentful.
We don’t have to say ‘yes’ all the time. Part of self care is taking some time for yourself and building boundaries that allow you to do the things that you want to without overextending yourself.
16. Do Something Creative
If you are naturally a creative person then doing something creative might be the perfect for you to practice self care.
Doing something creative can be as simple as taking out a pen and paper to write or draw something or alternatively, sitting down in front of your laptop to do the same.
You don’t need to make anything specifically – just doing it is the goal. The benefits of getting creative include; relieving stress, boosting self-confidence, thinking creatively and practicing being mindful.
17. Listen To A Motivational Podcast
Podcasts are a good way to listen to something you enjoy while doing other things. They can be a great way of practicing self care if you put on episodes that are motivating and up-lifting.
Some popular podcasts include motivational speakers, business owners or expert advice for people in the middle of difficult situations such as divorce, addiction and mental illness which is often not easy to talk about.
18. Become A Tourist In Your Own City
Becoming a tourist in your own city is an amazing way to practice self care. This is often a way for people to get out of their routine and connect with their city, new people and nature.
You can do this by visiting the zoo, going on hikes or even just getting coffee or brunch in a different neighborhood than you usually go to.
19. Take A Nap
Taking a nap is one of the best self care technique’s for a Sunday. There is nothing better than crawling into bed at 2 or 3pm in the afternoon, knowing that you don’t need to go anywhere.
A nap can be a quick way to recharge after an exhausting and busy week.
It is also important for the body and mind to get enough sleep, so that it can function at its best in the following days and week.
20. Enjoy A Picnic
Enjoying a picnic is a fun way to practice self care. You can take a friend, or a date with you to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
It’s also not just about eating food, it is about feeling good in your own skin, which means sitting outside for at least an hour without worrying or stressing that you need to do something or be somewhere else. Once you have enjoyed your picnic, you can go for a walk together.
21. Get Your Hair Done
Self care Sunday’s are perfect for indulging and getting your hair done. Often we don’t have the time required to get a hair cut, color or blow dry.
So on a Sunday, go to the salon and treat yourself. You deserve it!
22. Attend A Book Club With Friends
Attending a book club is a good way to connect with new people as well as relax and enjoy a book.
You might find you have more in common with the other members than you first thought and it can be really rewarding to share your thoughts about books that are similar, as well as discussing what you liked or didn’t like about the book. This is a great opportunity to build community and make new friends.
23. Do Something You Have Been Putting Off
One of the best ways that we can care for ourselves is by getting things done that we have been procrastinating about.
It can feel so good to take some time out for yourself and tackle tasks that have been hanging over your head.
When we get significant items ticked off our list, it reduces our level of stress and allows us to feel good about starting a new week ahead of the game.
24. Plan Your Next Vacation
There is nothing more relaxing than dreaming of a vacation away. You can plan your next vacation during your self care Sunday.
There are so many fun things you could do to research and book your dream destination for the perfect getaway, like researching hotels in different countries or looking up local festivals that may be going on during the time of year when you’re planning to visit.
Even if it will be a while before you know you will be able to get there, planning and dreaming is always fun!
25. Take A Drive Alone
If you are feeling drained or stressed, going for a drive is a great form of self care. This is an easy way to relax and get away from it all without having to worry about being disturbed by other people.
Put on your favorite music and drive to one of your favorite locations. It could be a little spot by the beach or a park. Either way, taking a drive alone allows you to decompress, sing your lungs out and you will feel so much more relaxed afterwards.
26. Enjoy A Day Free Of Technology
Self care is all about focusing on what best serves you and your health. The truth is that more often than not, we spend way too much time on social media and on our phones.
Why not try a Sunday self care day without technology? Pop your phone away for the day or even a few hours and allow yourself to enjoy whatever you would like to do. You may want to, relax on the couch with a good book, cook your favorite meal or take a nice warm bath.
27. Choose A Hobby That You’ve Always Wanted To Try
If you have always wanted to start a new hobby or pick up an instrument but never had time for it, your self care Sundays are the perfect opportunity.
The best way to focus on yourself is to do things you love in your downtime. This may include learning a new language, cooking for the first time, starting an art class and so much more.
28. Call An Old Friend
There are few things better then catching up with a friend you have had for many years.
You can call an old friend and start planning a night out to go see your favorite band, or plan a dinner date, so that you can catch up over some good company.
The Bottom Line
When it comes to self care Sunday ideas the most important thing to remember is that you should focus on things that make you relax, things that feel good and refresh you.
Self care activities such as, having coffee, writing in your journal, doing yoga, talking with a friend on the phone, taking a bath, going for a walk and simply creating healthy routines that make you feel incredible and set your week up for a win.
Remember that self care isn’t selfish. It is all about looking after your emotional, physical and mental health. So, have some fun with it and enjoy pampering yourself each week!