Self-care Sunday is trendy right now. While others may be upset that this is just superficial and may cause people to feel pressure to do certain things just for social media, I love that it encourages people to dedicate some time to themselves. We are all busy, distracted, and stressed these days. It's important to be able to take some time each week and prepare for the week ahead so that it can be less stressful. Everyone has different things they do for self care, and whatever your self-care ritual looks like, you should be proud of yourself for creating one. I personally think everyone should practice a self-care and self-compassion everyday but Sunday for me is the day I get everything ready for the week and do the things I don't have time for during the week when I get busy. If you have never participated in a self-care routine, or just want to change it up, here are things you can do on Sunday to get ready for the week ahead.
1. Get outside. Breathe in some fresh air and move your body. I have to take our Coonhound Belle walking daily but on Sunday we go a little bit longer, or we bring Mr. J with us and explore a new hiking trail.
2. Do your laundry. I know, this isn't a fun one but it will help you to have all your clothes clean and put away before the week begins. I like to choose 5 outfits as well so that I don't have to think about what to wear in the morning.
3. Journal. Get your feelings out so you're not just holding onto that stuff when Monday morning rolls around. I try to journal everyday but it doesn't always happen. Sometimes at the end of the day I just don't have the energy, but I always make a priority to journal on Sunday. I set out the time and make sure it gets done.
4. Set out your to-do list and write out some goals. I love a good to-do list. I write new ones daily, but each week I write out my master to-do list. I include what I have to get done, what I would like to get done and some goals. I was listening to the Feel Good Effect podcast (episode 10) and Robyn was talking about goal setting in terms of your wellness and she sets out her goals into into what would be ideal, what is currently happening, a gentle goal, ad a contingency goal. I love this idea and will be implementing it into my routine today.
5. Prep some meals. Not everyone enjoys being in the kitchen, especially for hours at a time but man oh man it can help you have such a healthier week. Every week I chop veggies, make a sweet treat, cook of rice or quinoa, and make something to have for lunches. When I skip meal prep I end up paying way more in groceries, grabbing things that aren't necessarily the healthiest and get stressed about my meals. Some great resources for meal prepping are Nutrition Stripped, Minimalist Baker and Joyous Health.
6. Tidy your home. I know, this isn't fun. Having your home free of clutter and cleaned for the week will take so much pressure off you because, let's face it, most of us don't have the time of energy to clean the house after working all day. Blast the music and dance around, the time will fly by.
7. Do 30 minutes of something just for you. Choose something creative and nourishing. You can colour, paint, read, knit etc. Do something just for fun that you don't make time for usually.
8. Have a nap. Weekends should have naps. That is all.
9. Take a break from social media. It doesn't need to be long, but putting the phone down and spending quality time with a loved one will help you feel recharged. You really aren't missing anything important if you don't check your Instagram for a few hours.
10. Have a bath. I get it, this is cliche, everyone on Instagram does this. That doesn't make it any less beneficial. Draw yourself a bath, and just sit and soak. It doesn't need to be longer than 20 minutes. It will help you relax and is especially lovely right before bed.