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
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.
All right, let’s do this!
1. Spend More Time In Bed
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!
2. Relax For A While In Your PJs
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
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
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)
5. Write In a Journal
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
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
- 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
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!
8. Spoil Yourself To A Home Spa
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
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
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!
11. Binge A Show On Netflix
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
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
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!
14. Take Some Time To Do Nothing
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!
15. Get A Few Things Ready For Monday
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?
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,
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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