Does self-care sound to you just like another time-consuming activity that can’t fit in your tight schedule?
It probably does. And if you have to choose, self-care probably isn’t an option
But to keep pushing the limits of your mental health and physical health shouldn’t be either.
Right now, 13% of the world population is affected by some type of mental health disorder. Also, chronic diseases, like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer account for more than 50% of all deaths worldwide.
And what does one thing has to do with another? Taking to take care of yourself the right way, could help prevent physical and mental conditions.
Does self-care seem more relevant yet?
I get it! Life can be chaotic sometimes and finding time for a footbath at home seems like a selfish (and crazy) idea when you have so much to do.
That’s why I’ve prepared a self-care routine that is simple and yet powerful. Moreover, this self-care routine can fit perfectly into your Sunday itinerary.
Let’s go over some self-care ideas.
The Best Self-Care Ideas To Get Ready to Start Your Week
What is self-care?
Self-care is a term that has become popular with all the wellness wave.
Self-care means you take any type of action to improve your health and prevent any illness or disorder.
In other words, self-care can be both prevention and treatment for mental, emotional, or physical disorders.
Why self-care is important?
Many people think self-care is all about spa days and facials. Actually, there are six different areas of self-care.
- physical self-care
- emotional self-care
- social self-care
- professional self-care
- spiritual self-care
- psychological self-care
When you decide to practice self-care in all of these areas, you are holding yourself responsible for all of them. This means you are actively taking actions to preserve your overall health and your life quality.
For example, going out with your friends and keeping your room decluttered are also acts of self-care.
You take action to prevent any burnout, disease, or disorder from happening. And if you already have any of those, you take action to feel better. Just like your mom would feed you food to keep you healthy and feed you soup if you are sick to get you back to healthy.
Self-care can do a lot of things for you. It can help with your depression, support your wellbeing and help you with your work/life balance.
A recent survey showed that a lot of people feel more confident, productive, and happier after taking time for themselves.
Who is self-care for?
Self-care is for everyone.
Everyone can and SHOULD practice self-care on a daily basis.
Boys and girls,
Kids, youths, and elders,
Single and married,
You get the point. Nobody is exempt from self-care.
And it doesn’t matter how tough and healthy you think you are, I guarantee you could use some self-care time.
Simple self-care Ideas for starting your week
Dress your bed
I know, dressing your bed might seem useless and time-consuming. It will be messy again at night!
However, dressing your bed is a form of self-care and a gift to yourself. Every time you walk into your room, it will seem cleaner and organized just because the bed is made.
In addition, at night, you will get the same feeling you get when you lie down in 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. It takes only a minute.
I’m a Christian, so I give thanks to God in my morning prayers.
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 the right way.
You could put on some relaxing music and think about positive things, so you set the right mood to start your day.
Get off social media
Social media can be your best friend or your worst nightmare.
These platforms can produce negative emotions like anxiety and depression.
So, instead of spending your Sunday scrolling down through someone else’s life, how about you work on yours?
Try to start your week by disconnecting yourself at least five hours from social media. If you need a little help, you can use an app to control the time you look at your phone like Freedom or Screentime.
Let’s get moving
Your exercise routine doesn’t have to be difficult or last three hours.
You can either walk, dance, do pilates, yoga, or stretch. The important thing is to get your body moving. Not only will you feel more energized, but you’ll boost your confidence.
Also, it is known that exercising hacks your brain into feeling happier. What else could you ask for?
Getting your body to move is a way of physical self-care.
Cook a delicious meal for yourself
Make sure to start your week by fueling your body.
Since your week’s meals are probably a product of improvisation and lack of time, on Sundays, be intentional with your meals.
Dedicate time to prepare things more elaborated. Get inspired and cook something worthy of a food blog only for the sake of pampering yourself.
While you eat, make sure to turn off your TV so you can be mindful of your meal. Eat slowly and make sure to enjoy every bite.
Eating is one of the best life pleasures. Even if it is just one day of the week, make sure to enjoy it as so.
Dedicate time to your hobby
When was the last time you spent time in a hobby?
Hobbies are a great way to relieve your stress and to have fun.
Before you start rushing through your week, dedicate time to read a book, watch a movie, draw, sew, write or do anything that lifts your spirit.
Just make sure it is something that you do for leisure and that makes you feel good. If you are not sure what your hobbies are, you can find hobbies inspirations and ideas here.
Get your Vitamin D and fresh air
If it is already 4:00 p.m. and you haven’t stepped out of your house yet, get yourself dressed in anything that makes you feel good and go out for a walk or drive to the closest park.
You can use Find Your Park or Google Maps to find a park near you.
If you don’t feel like walking, just put a chair outside and read a book while you enjoy the sunlight. PSA, DON’T forget to wear your sunscreen.
Take a longer shower
I’m not saying you should leave the water running for two hours. Please don’t.
What I mean is, 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.
If you have a bathtub, fill it with bath salts and essential oils. Relax inside it and listen to some music.
The shower is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate yourself.
Take time to work on your future goals
Your future is just as important as your present but, thinking about it during your weekdays can be stressful.
But, Sundays are the perfect day to revise your goals.
Yet, you should set aside a period for taking care of your future goals and to reflect on where you are in your life plan.
Go over your goals and set daily goals for that week according to your long-term goals.
Review your achievements for the past week too and reward yourself. Make sure to set the right mindset for staying goal-focused during the rest of the week.
Up to you: How do you take care of yourself?
There are hundreds of things you could do as part of your self-care routine.
Self-care is an important part of preserving your health and preventing any mental health disorders or physical illnesses.
Self-care isn’t a luxury. It is not selfish. Allowing time for yourself is necessary to manage your stress, recharge your energy, and enjoy the little things that make life great.
Next time you find yourself wasting away your Sunday on social media or watching TV on the couch, think of using that time for taking care of yourself!
You will see results of making self-care a priority in no time.
What is your routine of self-care?
Let me know down in the comments!