The 15 Best Ways To Enjoy A Self-Care Sunday

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Hiya Loves:

Do you ever find yourself feeling completely exhausted by Friday? Are you in need of some serious rest and relaxation by week’s end?

Goodness, I totally feel ya! I think we’ve all been there.

Thankfully, weekends are a great opportunity to slow down, do something you adore and refill those batteries.

And while you may have a personal to-do list that you hope to get to on your days off, it’s so important that you take the time to rest, de-stress and unwind too.

Your well-being matters! And self-care plays a huge roll in that. So why not add some self-care Sunday activities to that weekend to-do list?

Need a little inspiration? Here are 15 self-care ideas to help you get your rest on in the best ways possible.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until Sunday to indulge in any of this goodness. Enjoy them whenever you can! Just make a little time for you on that to-do list. You need and deserve it!

Ready to dive in? Let’s do this!

The 15 Best Ways To Enjoy A Self-Care Sunday

A woman enjoys the end of her self-care Sunday by relaxing on a chair outside whilst looking at the sky

Before we dive in, I wanted to remind you that you absolutely don’t need to do all of these awesome activities at once. Overloading your routine makes things stressful, which ultimately defeats the whole purpose of a self-care Sunday.

Pick whatever activities feel right and leave the rest behind. And hey, feel free to get creative and add to the list too! Make it yours.

Related: 5 Self-Care Tips You Need To Hear Right Now

All right, let’s do this!

1. Spend More Time In Bed

A woman lays in bed reading. More time in bed is a wonderful addition to a self-care Sunday.

Isn’t a little extra time in bed so glorious? I personally adore the opportunity to sleep in on the weekend. It’s pure magic! And if it’s a self-care Sunday activity that works for you, totally go for it!

But sleeping in doesn’t work for everyone, especially if you have trouble sleeping and/or need to stick to a sleep schedule for the sake of your well-being.

The great news is that it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little more time in bed.

Here are some options for a lazy morning in bed:

    • Take a little time to stretch, welcome the morning
    • Be mindful about how awesome the blankets feel – coziness is amazing <3
    • Sit up, get cozy and write in your gratitude journal to start the day with joy
    • Enjoy some deep breathing or meditation.
    • Read a few chapters in a book
    • Take your time enjoying a glass of water (I don’t know about you, but I always keep one on my bedside to soothe morning thirsties)

You can still enjoy a little more time in bed if sleeping in isn’t for you. Sundays are perfect for lazy mornings!

Related: 7 Simple Self Care Tricks on How to Sleep Better

2. Relax For A While In Your PJs

A woman poses in her pajamas in front of a yellow backdrop.

Morning’s are often so rushed during the week. So even if you don’t give yourself a few extra moments in bed, it’s wonderful to take a minute to sit down, relax and really ease into the day. The more comfortable you are the better.

Keep those fuzzy pajama pants on or throw on your favourite loungewear. Snuggle in a blanket on the couch, sip on some water or tea and welcome Sunday with open arms. Hello relaxation!

3. Treat Yourself To A Special Breakfast

A woman smiles while cooking in her kitchen

Eat in or go out. Whatever suits your fancy! But treat yourself sweet friend! You deserve it.

Sunday mornings are the perfect day to indulge in a special breakfast that takes a little extra time to prepare. Something delicious that you could never enjoy during the week.

Bonus points if it’s extra decadent.

Need a few ideas? How about these amazing waffles, delicious pancakes, or bonkers awesome smoothies?

4. Enjoy The Great Outdoors

Three friends enjoy some hiking in the woods.

No matter the weather, today is the perfect day to enjoy the great outdoors. Without rush or worry! Go for a walk or hike, sit outside and breathe in the fresh air, find a swing and enjoy, play… Whatever you want! Just take in that sunshine (or rain or snow). It will do you a ton of good!

Getting outside can boost your mood, encourage creativity and increase concentration. Plus, if you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, it can help to reduce your symptoms. Isn’t that awesome? (source 1, source 2)

Related: 5 Powerful Ways To Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder

5. Write In a Journal

A jounal lays open. Pink tulips lay on the pages to the left and a pen and pink and white buttons on the pages to the right.

Journaling can really help to put things into perspective. And writing things down helps to create a more mindful outlook! Which, in turn, tends to boost happiness. It’s all win baby! (source)

Whether you choose to keep a gratitude journal, bullet journal, dreams, thoughts and goals journal or anything else, you are doing yourself a serious kindness. Write away and have fun!

6. Spend Some Time Alone

A woman sits on her couch with her dog, reading a book. A great way to relax during your self-care Sunday.

This is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with yourself. And some time alone is a wonderful way to do just that. It’s an extra special self-care Sunday activity.

Enjoy it any way you want! There are lots of goodies on this list that work awesome as solo activities! Here are some ideas:

    • Take a walk solo
    • Spend a little more lost in a good book
    • Take yourself out on a date to a restaurant or movie
    • Journal or write poetry, stories or ideas
    • Meditate
    • Indulge in a personal hobby

No matter what you do, take the time to reflect and examine your thoughts and emotions. Indulge in a little mindfulness and appreciate where you are and how you’re feeling in this moment.

Making time to reflect on your thoughts, feelings and emotions and truly getting to know yourself is so important for another reason too… It’s a great moment of self-connection. And that can ultimately help to improve your mental health. (source)

Plus, when you check in with yourself and respond to your needs you are a self-love superstar. Booyah!

7. Move Your Gorgeous Body

Someone enjoy a nice solo run in the woods.

Get your boogie on baby! Walk, run, skip, jump. Do yoga poses like some magical, elegant pretzel. Whatever makes you happy!

Exercise has so much to offer your well-being:

    • Supports muscle and bone health
    • Boosts your mood
    • Helps keep that beautiful heart healthy
    • Supports your brain health
    • Boosts your memory
    • Gives you energy
    • Improves your sleep
    • May reduce your risk of developing a chronic illness

And today you can take your time, because it’s self-care Sunday!

Don’t worry. Exercise won’t harsh your Sunday mellow. It can be totally fun! Move in whatever way feels good to you. A personal self-care Sunday fave includes solo dance parties. Trust me, it’s a blast!

Related: 8 Super Benefits of Exercise and How to Make it Fun

8. Spoil Yourself To A Home Spa

A portrait shot of a womans face in a bath full of cut up citrus. A mini spa day is a great idea for your self-care Sunday.

Treat yourself to the indulgent self-care Sunday (or any day) activities that make you feel awesome. Soak in the tub, dry brush, enjoy a clay mask or coffee scrub… anything you want.

There’s so much goodness to enjoy and you don’t even have to leave your bathroom! How cool is that?!

9. Hang Out With Someone You Adore

Two woman laugh while one gives a piggy back ride to the other.

Time with friends is always well spent! Get together with your bestie(s) and go on a date. Watch a movie, walk in the woods, shop, eat out or just catch up. Bonus points if there’s tons of laughing involved. Those are the best hang outs!

Self-care doesn’t always need to be a solo activity. In fact, you can easily buddy up for almost anything on this lovely list of self-care Sunday ideas if you want to.

10. Prep Some Meals For The Upcoming Week

A mother and daughter happily meal prepping together.

Life can get pretty busy throughout the week. And if your busy schedule makes cooking breakfast, lunch and/or dinner a stressful thing, you can help yourself out by meal prepping. Because a delicious meal should never be a stressful thing.

Spend a little time putting together some easy meals (and dessert if you’re feeling it) that future you will enjoy. In a way, you’re extending your self-care Sunday goodness into the rest of the week. Go you!

Related: How to Meal Prep and Plan Like a Boss

11. Binge A Show On Netflix

A few of someone's legs crosses in front of them, a TV with Netflix on can be seen in the background. Sometimes binge watching a show is the ultimate Self-Care Sunday activity.

Snuggle in a cozy blanket on the couch, bust out some snacks and catch up on that show you’ve been dying to watch. Or discover a new one all together.

It’s Sunday baby! Binging a show while you chill out hardcore is a great idea, don’t you think?

This is the perfect opportunity to forget about your up coming to-do list and simply relax.

12. Get Crafty

A bunch of crafting materials sit scattered on a table. Crafting is a great addition to your self-care Sunday.

Why not take advantage of your free time and get creative! Paint, sew, knit, play music, draw, colour, build, create… if there’s a creative hobby you adore, now is the perfect time to indulge.

Your health will thank you for the creative release. And it does wonderful things for your spirit!

13. Cuddle Your Fur Babies

A woman cuddles her dog in bed. Cuddling with pets can be a great form of self-care.

Cuddling your fur children is pretty darn wonderful! And oh my goodness, is it every good for your well-being.

A cat’s purr, for example, may help to support your muscle and bone health, relieve stress and symptoms of dyspnea, decrease blood pressure, lower the risk of heart attacks, and heal infections. Seriously! So get your cuddle on! (source)

And dogs pack a lot of awesome goodness too. Simply meeting your dog’s gaze can increase levels of oxytocin, a hormone that helps us form bonds with others and makes us feel more positive. And petting your puppy lowers your blood pressure and increases feelings of relaxation. (source)

So get in some serious pet snuggles. They’re good for you!

Related: The Awesome Health Benefits of Having a Pet

14. Take Some Time To Do Nothing

A woman sits at her kitchen table enjoying a tea. Alone time is an awesome way to enjoy your Self-Care Sunday

Monday to Friday often has us on the go. And hey, being productive is cool and all. But so is a hot minute (or few hours) with your beautiful feet up.

Making time to relax and do nothing:

    • Supports your mental well-being
    • Boosts productivity
    • Allows you to reconnect with yourself
    • Improves your relationship with yourself
    • Ups attention span
    • Breeds creativity

Sundays are an opportunity to slow down. So take a moment to relax and unplug. It will absolutely do you some good!

And, super bonus, your batteries will be recharged and you’ll be ready to rock Monday like the super star you are!

Related: Why You Need To Make Time To Do Nothing

15. Get A Few Things Ready For Monday

Clothes hang ready for tomorrow's outfit - getting things ready for the next day is a wonderful form of self-care.

Be kind to future you! Don’t worry, it won’t take away from your relaxing Sunday bliss.

But when the day is winding down and you’re getting ready for bed, do a few sweet things to make Monday morning easier.

You can prep breakfast and/or lunch, pick out your clothes and have anything you may need to take with you waiting by the door. Who knew Sunday could help to make Monday a little easier?

Related: How To Create a Calming Night Time Routine

Final Thoughts

Tea sits on a food tray on the bed, next to an open book.

Ultimately, there’s no one right way to self-care. What matters is that you make time for it and indulge in whatever activities help to soothe and relax you.

The weekend is a great opportunity to get a lot done. But some of those activities should be especially for you and support your mental and physical well-being. So remember to schedule yourself in. You deserve a coveted spot on your to-do list. And your health will thank you.

Are you planning on indulging in a self-care Sunday this weekend? What activities would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!

Health and love,

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Thought of the day: The activities that help you rest, relax and unwind deserve a place high up on your to-do list.

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45 Comments

  1. Reply

    Jill

    August 29, 2019

    These are all great ideas. Doing something special for yourself is a great way to help keep your sanity. Sometimes, you just have to slow down and take care of yourself.

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      Yes! I 100% agree Jill – sometimes you truly just need to slow down. And it’s so important we allow ourselves the opportunity to do that when we need to. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us <3. I love it!

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    Emman Damian

    August 29, 2019

    I love getting a massage and enjoying a cup of tea. I also do some yoga and stay more in bed!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      Those are all awesome forms of self-care Emman! I hope you get to enjoy some of that goodness today. Happy Sunday!

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    Bill Sweeney

    August 29, 2019

    I’m all for more time in bed on Sunday. We do go to church that day, so that’s not really an option. When the temps get colder, I do enjoy a day when pj’s stay on longer than my “work clothes”. These are all great self-care ideas.

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      If Sundays don’t work, you can choose whatever day you’d like. Self-Care Saturday, Self-Care Tuesday… whatever works :). I hope you get more of that time in bed and some PJ time in soon. Happy Sunday Bill! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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    Danielle

    August 29, 2019

    I think every woman needs to read this and then read it again. We are not so great at taking care of ourselves but we need to be!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      I so appreciate you saying that Danielle! Thank you! We really do deserve the same love and care we give away so freely. We matter and so do our needs. Self-care is so important for our mental and physical well-being and ultimately helps us be more present for others. Everyone wins! I hope to inspire everyone to do just that. And your comment has me feeling awesome about my mission! Thank you tons <3. Happy Sunday hun!

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    Kelly Martin

    August 29, 2019

    I love the idea of a self care Sunday. I’ll have to try some of these tips.

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      I’m so glad Kelly! I hope that you’re enjoying tons of self-care today. Happy Sunday!

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    Terri Steffes

    August 29, 2019

    I love this post so much. I think it would be fun to choose 5 ways to self care sunday with your tips. You should make a printable with these ideas that I can tape to my bathroom mirror! 🙂

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      That’s a great idea Terri! I’ll have to work away on that. Thank you <3. Choosing the self-care activities that work for you is always wonderful. It's a build your own adventure - we deserve to indulge in whatever helps us de-stress, relax and unwind in the moment. I hope you're enjoying tons of that goodness today!

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    Sarah Emery

    August 30, 2019

    What a great reminder to use the weekend for self care. I’d prefer to get all my errands done during the weekdays, even if it means longer and draining days. It’s worth it for the free weekend 🙂

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      I love that you prep for a relaxing weekend Sarah! That’s awesome. I hope you have your feet up and are feeling so relaxed and joyful today. Happy Sunday!

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    Marcie W.

    August 30, 2019

    I love these suggestions! I try to implement a little self care each day, but on Sundays I sleep in, enjoy brunch and watch football.

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      Your mindset it wonderful Marcie! We absolutely should implement some self-care into every day. But indulging in extra goodness on whatever day works (which, I think for many of us, is often Sunday) is so awesome too! I Hope you enjoyed tons of that goodness so far today! Happy Sunday. Have fun <3

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    Angelica Sereda

    August 30, 2019

    Great list. On Sundays I love to lounge in bed and catch up on my favorite blogs and do some writing of my own. Its a nice way to decompress and get the creative juices flowing.

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      That’s a great way to enjoy your Sunday Angelica! Thank you for sharing. I hope you’re enjoying tons of that goodness today 🙂

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    Emily Fata

    August 30, 2019

    taking some time to just do nothing is such a great thing. Practicing self-care is so crucial to our mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as our physical health, too.

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      Yes! I agree 100% Emily! Self-care plays a big role in our overall health and we really do benefit when we make time for it, in whatever form we need. Thank you!

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    megforitcom

    August 30, 2019

    I love the idea of prepping for the weekend. This article goes so perfectly with your self care eBook!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      Thank you so much Meg! That means so much :). It’s so important we prioritize self-care. We all need and deserve it. And Sundays work for as the perfect reset day for so many of us. I hope you’re relaxing tons today. Happy Sunday! <3

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    Joanna Clute

    August 30, 2019

    Sundays are the best days for some self care. It is a great way to reset and is the slowest day of the week for me.

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      I’m so glad you have the opportunity to reset and relax on Sundays! I hope you’re really enjoying a ton of that today Joanna <3. Happy Sunday!

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    Ruth I

    August 31, 2019

    These are all wonderful ways to consider! I can imagine a good and long whole body massage. Sundays are the best!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      That sounds magical! I’d love to indulge in that ^^. I hope you get to enjoy a nice massage soon. Sundays really are magnificent. And perfect for relaxing. Have a good one today!

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    Phil

    August 31, 2019

    Absolutely! My family and I have been starting to be more intentional with at least one day a week where there isn’t a to-do list and we can simply be. Rather than projects we try to do some things that bring life and bring us closer together. Awesome list and definitely worth creating the space!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      I’m so happy you’re doing that Phil! I think we all need that. One day to truly relax, de-stress, unwind and indulge in whatever makes us feel awesome. Enjoy your next day like that <3. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic idea with us!

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    Emily

    August 31, 2019

    These are all great ideas 🙂 looks like I’m going to treat myself this Sunday!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      That’s marvelous Emily! I hope you got to indulge in some goodness today too. Happy Sunday!

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    Jaana McEntee

    September 1, 2019

    I really enjoyed your post, just for Sunday, so inspiring & soothing read along with all these beautiful pictures. I love all your suggestions, we seem to do the most in our family, we have sometimes pj Sundays after heavy week when we just chill & watch netflix 🙂

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      Oooo Pajama Sunday sounds magical Jaana! I hope you’re enjoying that today. It’s truly a wonderful way to unwind, relax and de-stress before the new week. Such a great family self-care idea!

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    Sunrita

    September 1, 2019

    I am not sure if I will be able to fit in all the things in one day, with a household of 3 young kids, but do surely enjoy some me time my locking myself in the the bathroom and soaking in a warm bath!! Bliss 😊. Will pick up a few tips for your list and add them on!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 1, 2019

      Oh goodness, I couldn’t fit all of this into one day either. That would overload your routine and potentially cause stress instead of soothe it. I 100% recommend picking an activity or a few that resonate with you and work for your schedule. Like a nice, warm bath! I hope you enjoy it ♡. A bath is always a good idea in my books 🙂

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    Sarah Harris | MakesMeWander.com

    September 1, 2019

    This is a great list of self-care ideas – perfect for a long weekend!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      I think so too Sarah! I hope you get to indulge a little this Sunday :).

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    Claudia Krusch

    September 2, 2019

    My Sundays are usually spent on the couch with a good book. We also enjoy a family dinner late afternoon!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      That sounds absolutely marvelous Claudia! Time with a good book is always time well spent :). And the family dinner is so lovely! I hope you get to enjoy all of that goodness today <3

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    Ve Eat Cook Bake

    September 3, 2019

    Sara I love these 15 tips for a Sunday full of selfcare. Especially 1. And starting the sunday slow with wearing pj’s is lovely 🙂

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      Right? I ADORE extra pajama time. Easing into the day really does make things extra wonderful. I hope you got to relax in your pjs this morning hun <3

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    Anysha

    September 7, 2019

    Its a vary good Blog post . Nice quality sentence and helpful.Thanks for shearing this post .

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      September 22, 2019

      I’m really glad you enjoyed it Anysha. Thank you 🙂

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