Self Care Sunday
Are you looking for ways to incorporate Self Care Sunday into your weekly routine? Or are you curious to the benefits of Self Care Sunday? Then you’ll want to keep reading to find out ways to improve your mind, body, and soul through a weekly Self Care Sunday routine!
I’m a huge advocate for Self Care Sunday. I’m a huge advocate for self care on whatever day of the week it happens. We all have likely heard the phrase “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. But how many of us are actually practicing it?
I religiously practice Self Care Sunday. Some weeks I instead refer to it as Sloth Sunday. Sloth Sunday for me is when I do nothing the entire day except pile on the couch with the pups and binge the latest Netflix series. But even when I’m doing a Sloth Sunday, it’s still a form of my personal self care.
As an introvert I find that my Self Care Sunday is essential to my overall mental health. If I’ve had a week where I’ve had to have a lot of personal interactions with people or an extra stressful work week, then I need that self care time even more. And while I don’t have children and have an easier time squeezing in “me time”, I imagine you mama’s out there need Self Care Sunday even more because mom life is no joke! Self Care Sunday for those raising children and managing a household doesn’t have to be an entire day dedicated to self care. If all you can squeeze in is 5 minutes, then take those 5 minutes for yourself, you deserve it!
Now let’s take a look at some ways to incorporate Self Care Sunday into your weekly routine and what benefits you’ll get from it!
5 THINGS TO DO ON SELF CARE SUNDAY
Bubble baths are usually my go to thing on Self Care Sunday. Heck, I’ve been known to take a bath to get alone time from my two dogs when they’re being ornery. Level up the bubble bath experience by adding a bubble bar or bath bomb that is all the rage right now. They can be easily found in just about every store these days. Don’t like baths? No problem! Create a spa like shower experience by adding in aromatherapy in the shower. Tie some fresh eucalyptus around the shower head or try out a shower bomb. Similar to bath bombs, these are small disks that you put in the shower and they’ll slowly release calming essential oil scents to make your shower feel like a spa day. And don’t forget, after your bath or shower, slather on some special lotions and/or oils that you reserve just for your Self Care Sunday!
READ A BOOK AND/OR LISTEN TO YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST
One thing I always do when I’m taking a bubble bath is read a book. I don’t think it’s physically possible for me to take a bath and NOT read a book. I don’t know about you, but right now I find the current events in the world to be overwhelming. I’m mentally exhausted from all of the news coming at me from TV, social media, friends, family, etc. There’s a lot going on globally at the moment. So sometimes I just want to disconnect from it all and forget about it for just a tiny portion of my day. How do I do that? By reading a book! I always find that a book is the best way for me to escape the current world for a little while, and it doesn’t even require a plane ticket!
GET YOUR BODY MOVING
There’s a lot of ways to get your body moving. You don’t have to go run a marathon to get movement in. In fact, you can get your body moving from the comforts of your own home. One benefit of the pandemic has been the increase in at-home workouts. You can find tons of free workout on YouTube to give a try. Other options to get your body moving is to take your kids to the local park and chase them around. You’ll get your body moving and help the kiddos burn off some energy. Or, if you want your alone time, take the dog for a relaxing stroll around the block. Did you know that time spent with our furry friends actually lowers our stress hormone cortisol and increases our happy hormone oxytocin? It’s true! In fact, the National Institutes of Health say that pets can also encourage mindfulness. So not only does your dog benefit from the walk, but you’ll be improving your mind AND your body! Sounds like a win/win to me.
With so many people still working from home due to the pandemic, eventually home starts to feel less and less like your sanctuary. It’s important to get outside to get some sun on your face (with sunblock on of course) and feel the wind in your hair! You can get outside and go for a run, walk, or even a relaxing hike in the woods. Getting outside doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be active (hellllo, I do love a Sloth Sunday afterall). One option is to head out for a picnic. Pack some of your favorite treats (maybe the ones you hide from the rest of the family) and head to the park or even your own backyard. Find a quiet spot to relax and maybe use this as the perfect time to read your book in silence or listen to a podcast without constant interruptions.
NURTURE YOUR CREATIVE SIDE
If you’re a naturally creative person, it’s possible that your day-to-day life puts your creativity on the backburner. Getting back with your creative self is the perfect Self Care Sunday activity. Not a naturally creative person? Then give a stab at trying something new such as painting, pottery, or even adult coloring books. Journaling is another option to help get your creativity flowing. It’s also something that a lot of people find helps with their mental well-being. There are numerous YouTube videos out there that explore the whole world that is journaling if it’s something you want to try to get into.
5 BENEFITS TO SELF CARE SUNDAY
IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH
Sometimes life is overwhelming. However, taking the time to give yourself the care you need is vital. A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. If you’re finding yourself mentally frazzled, then find the things to do on Self Care Sunday that you feel make your mind get the break it needs and improves your mental health.
IMPROVE PHYSICAL HEALTH
Self Care Sunday might be about dedicating the time to your physical needs. Maybe it’s getting in the workout that you missed earlier in the week. Or maybe it’s trying new recipes and food prepping for the upcoming week. Or, maybe your body feels exhausting from the hectic week and an Epsom Salt bath is just what the doctor ordered on Self Care Sunday.
I often find that if I’m taking care of my mental health on Self Care Sunday, that the following day I feel less stressed. I’m not saying it solves all of my problems and I have no stress whatsoever. But I’ve taken the time on Self Care Sunday to try to reset and regain my focus to prepare to tackle whatever the week throws me. So if you’ve been stressed over your phone ringing nonstop with work emergencies, maybe your Self Care Sunday means just turning off that phone for 10 minutes to just sit in silence and meditate.
IMPROVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, it’s likely others have picked up on it. Especially those living in the same house as you. You could just seem stressed or you could be extra cranky and irritable. However, you taking the time you need for your personal time with Self Care Sunday will benefit everyone around you. You’ll feel more at peace within yourself and others will feel that shift.
Once I’ve given myself adequate “me time”, my productivity greatly increases. I’m more eager to tackle that pile of laundry, ready to take on those work tasks I’ve been putting off, and feel an overall feeling of being “recharged”. I’m a little less frazzled and a little more focused.
These are only a few benefits and things to add to your weekly routine to create your own version of Self Care Sunday. No two people will have a Self Care Sunday that looks the same! Do what feels right for you. Anything that speaks to your soul and makes your mind and body feel more at peace is considered self care in my opinion. Now I want to hear from you! What is your #1 Self Care Sunday tradition?