Work, cooking, cleaning, repeat. Those words probably sum up your week. Nowadays, it is so common to get lost in routine that you probably forget you must take some time to take care of yourself. Nonetheless, setting aside a period during the week for yourself can re-boost your energy and keep you going. Moreover, pampering yourself shouldn’t be an option, but a duty. So, why not doing it so on Sunday, just before starting the week? Here are a few Sunday self-care ideas.
the most basic self-care: Dress your bed
I’ll confess it. I wasn’t a fan of dressing my bed. For me, it was useless and time consuming. However, it was until I worked a year as a housekeeper that I understood dressing my bed is a form of self-care and a gift to myself. Every time you walk into your room, it will seem more cleaned and organized just because the bed is made. In addition, at night, you will get the same feeling you get when you lie down at a hotel bed, because it is dressed for you to enjoy it. So, even if you are way too rushed to do it on weekdays, on Sundays, take the time to dress your bed.
Reflect or meditate
I’m a Christian, so I give thanks to God. However, you feel free to give thanks to the universe, to life or to anything you feel is in control. And, if you don’t believe in anything at all, at least take a moment to appreciate the things that make you happy and that are going right. There are people who aren’t as fortunate as you.
Get off social media
Social media can be a wonderful tool, yet, it can be poison to our life. These platforms can produce negative emotions as anxiety and depression. Instead of spending your Sunday scrolling down through someone else’s life, work on yours. Disconnect yourself at least five hours from Facebook and Instagram. If you ask me, the best way to do it, is by not having the apps in your phone. I only enter my social media from my laptop, when I arrive at home. And I make sure it doesn’t consume me more than twenty minutes. Furthermore, I don’t revise it before sleeping. For me, it’s lethal. I will get anxious and will stay up until 3:00 am with a lot of things roaming in my mind. So, on Sunday, as a rest to your already pressured and stressed brain, knock it off. Get off social media.
Maybe you are not into Cross Fit. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t limit you from taking care of your body. You could go on a walk, do some Zumba, Pilates, yoga or stretching. Just get your body moving. It will increase alertness, making you feel more awake. Besides, it is known that exercising hacks your brain into feeling better and happier. Let’s say you aren’t in condition to do a forty-minute cardio routine. Then, five or ten minutes of dancing with Fitness Marshall to beat of your favorite song or fifteen minutes of a stretch routine with Fitness Blender are enough. Exercising will help you both physically and mentally. Don’t forget to stay hydrated.
Take care of your body: Cook a delicious meal for yourself
If you are used to having a doughnut and a coffee for breakfast during weekdays, break the habit on Sundays! Cook something like you deserve it. Heat the pan and make yourself an omelet, prepare some healthy pancakes, or a bowl of oatmeal. Or all of them! Complement it with a cup of coffee or tea. I assure you, it will taste better if you turn off the TV. You could also do the same for lunch and dinner.
Dedicate an hour to your hobby
Hobbies! In these lies our true personalities. Put a timer on your phone and dedicate to read a book, watch a movie or a series, drawing, sewing, writing… Whatever you push aside during the week. This is one of the best ways of self-care. You are paying attention to your essence, to the person you are without shifts, responsibilities, debts and pressures. Give some love to the free spirit inside you.
Get some fresh air
If you haven’t gone out by this time, get yourself dressed in anything that makes you feel good and go out for a walk or drive to the closest park. I like to go to beach. I won’t even step out of my car, I just put the windows down and lay back in my seat. Sometimes I turn on the music. Whatever works for you! Just get a bit of air and sunlight either alone or with the family.
Take a longer shower
I’m not saying you should leave the water running. Please don’t. Since you’re always running around during the week, you probably take five-minute showers in the mornings and nights. Instead, on Sundays, wash your hair, put a mask on it, scrub yourself with a nice smelling shower gel, and shave if you haven’t. Just pamper yourself. Moreover, if you have a bathtub, fill it with bath salts and essential oils. Relax inside it and listen to some music.
Take time to work on your future goals
Maybe you are in a transition point in your life. You are juggling with family, a full time and other responsibilities. Nonetheless you should set aside a period for taking care of your future goals. Like I mentioned here, planning for a change is important. You shouldn’t let your routine or your failures discourage you. If you are not able to do it daily, on Sundays, sit down and reflect on your goals, think about where you are in your plan and remind yourself what you’re working on. Don’t take care only of your present-self, but also of the future you.
a final word on self-care
These are some of the basic Self-care ideas you can do a Sunday, before starting your work week. Nevertheless, there are hundreds of things you could do. The point is to understand that allowing time for yourself is necessary, and that not doing so is a real luxury you cannot afford. Next time you find yourself wasting away your Sunday on social media or watching TV in the couch, think of using that time for you. What is your routine of self-care? Let me know down in the comments!