Self-care Sunday. I know you have heard the term before! It began as a way to inspire people to do more for themselves, which is obviously amazing. But somewhere along the way, it became something people felt like they were required to do. If you are one of those people feeling a little overwhelmed with this idea of the perfect self-care routine, it’s time to take a step back. Instead of concentrating on what everyone else is doing, why not just focus on what works for you?
Before we go any further, have you checked out my other posts on self-care? I have a category dedicated to the topic here on my site!
Dedicate One Day Each Week to Yourself
Sunday is usually the perfect day to dedicate to yourself since it is often already a lazy day for several people. But maybe you are a busy hockey mom, or you work all weekend. Don’t despair whatever day works best for your schedule is totally fine. As long as you are winding down after a busy week and getting ready for a new week to begin. Remember to take advantage of the downtime by adding some self-care activities to your routine.
Designing Your Weekly Self-Care Sunday Routine
The very first step is going to be figuring out what day you’re going to have your self-care day on. Like I said above, if Sunday doesn’t work for you then any day of the week is fine. Also, don’t forget that self-care doesn’t have to be done alone. There are no rules. So, if you have a busy house on your self-care day, you can still do this! The most important thing is that you focus on your self-care, whether that means an hour during the day or changing the entire routine for the day. Think of your self-care day as a reset day. A time for you to refresh yourself mentally for the start of another busy week.
What is the Difference between Daily and Weekly Self-Care?
Honestly, there is no difference between the two. But you might have a little more free time on Sundays. Therefore, you won’t feel as pressured to fit it all in before or after work, or during your bedtime routine. Of course, you still want to choose activities that help you to relax, are good for your body and mind, and overall wellness. Sundays open up new possibilities for self-care, whether you do it alone or with family.
How is Your Current Sunday Routine?
If you are considering turning Sunday into your weekly self-care day, you need to think about what you regularly tend to do on Sundays. The reason being, this helps you determine if these are tasks that can only be done on Sundays or can be moved to another day to give you more time for self-care.
First, make a list of things you do every Sunday. Second, look at your list and cross off anything that isn’t really necessary or might no longer be serving you. Finally, with what is left, determine if any of those activities can be moved to Saturday or another free day during your week. For example, if you do a lot of cleaning and chores on Sundays, could they be moved to other days during the week, freeing up a bit more self-care time for you?
Ideas for Sunday Self-Care Activities
Just in case you need to be reminded again, your self-care day doesn’t have to be on Sunday. Pick a day that works for you and your family. It is more about dedicating a day to yourself each week, especially if you don’t have much time during the week to really focus on yourself.
Here are some activities that can be great to do on Self-care Sunday:
Let yourself sleep in
If you never get to sleep in during the rest of the week, at the very least give yourself this time on Sundays! Your body and mind will love you for the extra rest!
Go to brunch with friends
Self-care can also mean doing something you enjoy with other people. Grab a group of friends on Sunday to go to brunch.
Head to a park or the beach
You can also enjoy more time with your kids without cell phones and TV. Go outside to enjoy the fresh air and exercise. No kids? No Problem, enjoy the beach yourself! There are no rules!
For example, you can ride bicycles around your neighborhood, have a beach day, or do a picnic at the park.
Have an hour of pampering on self-care Sunday
Certainly, you might not be able to dedicate the entire day just to self-care, but at least fit in some pampering time. Soak your feet in a nice foot bath!
Catch up on your reading or creative projects
There is no better time to pick activities you enjoy but rarely have time for than your self-care day! For instance, maybe there is a book you have been wanting to finish or a creative project you would love to do.
Get ready for the week
Self-care can also mean just giving yourself time to really plan and prepare for the week ahead. Grab a journal and let your thoughts out on the paper!
Self-Care for Everyone
Something to keep in mind is that what you consider self-care might change depending on if you are more of an introverted or extroverted person. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t for you. It just means we have to be a little more creative or self-aware when we come up with our activities for the day.
Self-Care Sunday for Introverts
If you are an introvert, you probably find that you are the most relaxed when you are alone. This doesn’t mean you want to be or should be alone all the time, but that you often need a little bit of time to yourself each day to recharge and gain your composure.
Have Alone Time on Sunday
Practicing self-care for an introvert can be as easy as making sure you have some quiet alone time on Sundays. You need this time to regroup and relax. It can be really hard when you spend all day around other people and never give yourself this time.
Find Nature-Inspired Activities
As we discussed, introverts also tend to enjoy time outdoors, again in a quiet and peaceful environment. If you are an introvert you should try to find some activities you can participate in that will encourage you to spend more time outside. For example, walk your dog or go swimming.
Embrace Your Creativity
A fantastic way to practice self-care as an introvert could also be doing something creative. You could learn how to cook, write a poem, start crafting, or color in an adult coloring book, or start painting.
Self-Care Sunday for Extroverts
The opposite of introverts, extroverts are more social creatures. They get their energy from being around other people. If you consider yourself an extrovert, you probably enjoy being with others more than being alone. But what does that mean for your self-care routine? It means you may want to socialize with your friends for a self-care activity!
Tips for practicing self-care when you are an extrovert.
Enjoy Quality Time with Friends
If you love being around people, then what might be a little more up your alley could be scheduling time with friends or family. What better way to practice self-care than spend time with those you love the most?
Volunteer In Your Community
For something more meaningful and fulfilling, you might like to volunteer in your community as your self-care activity. Have a look into local community centers or animal shelters, or even hospitals, that are open on Sunday and see if they need any help.
Join a Local Social Club
If volunteering isn’t your thing, another activity you could try is joining a local club, like a book club. Not only will you be encouraged to read more, but you can get together once a week with your book club to chat and talk about the book. This could be meeting on Zoom or Facebook, too!
Tips for Your Sunday Self-Care Routine
Before we go, here are a few more tips for making sure you have a good self-care Sunday routine. Also, I really want you to understand what self-care means and of course, how to avoid common mistakes.
It Should Include Your Emotional, Mental, or Physical Health
Your self-care should never fulfill only one need in your life. Every day, we complete tasks that stimulate us in different ways. For example, activities that include helping with our emotional, mental, and physical health. The activity that works best for you should be something that helps you feel relaxed, de-stressed, improves your mood, and is something you absolutely love to do.
Your Self-Care Needs Can Change Regularly
If you have made a promise to yourself to write in your journal and meditate every morning for an hour as your self-care routine, it doesn’t mean you have to do this forever. Our needs are always changing. Sometimes, what you choose as your self-care Sunday routine changes, or your schedule does. Just remember to alter what you are doing for self-care as often as needed. Throughout the year, As your life and the seasons change, so will your self-care needs and which activities will actually benefit you the most.
Never Force Your Self-Care
Guys, I can’t state this enough – if your self-care routine is making you more stressed – STOP! You should never force yourself to do something you don’t want to do and that is doing nothing for you. Even if it’s because your friends are participating, or someone tells you it’s a good idea. Always remember everyone is different and everyone is going to benefit from different things. No two peple are the same and that is a good thing!
Please don’t forget that Sunday is not the only day for self-care. Like I stated before, most people have this day off so, that is the day I used for reference. Take your best day of the week and make it yours. And don’t miss out on downloading the calendar and worksheets!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, what day of the week do you like to practice self-care or, do you do it daily? Thanks!
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