After a long week of work and commitments, you might feel as if you need to replenish your soul and set aside your Sunday to focus on self-care.
And who could blame you- Ample research shows that people who regularly engage in self-care are less stressed, more satisfied with their health, and physically healthier than those who don’t.
A self-care routine is essential for winding down after a busy week and helps us to forget about the distractions in the world. So, take a few minutes and enjoy these 27 ideas for preparing for the week ahead.
What is Self-Care Sunday?
Many people like to take advantage of “self-care Sundays” to spend some time taking care of themselves. We all deserve a little rest and relaxation, am I right?
Sunday is the perfect day to kick back and focus on a little “you” time. It’s a day you can begin to look forward to celebrating because we should all take the time to celebrate ourselves! It also helps to remind us of the importance of nurturing ourselves.
What does Self-Care Sunday look like?
Self-care can mean a lot of things, but for the sake of this article, we’re going to focus on four specific areas: mental activities, physical activities, topical activities, and showing yourself a little respect.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s a great place to start. Of course, everyone’s self-care routine looks different, and that’s perfectly okay.
27 Blissful Self Care Sunday Ideas
1. Eat a Good Breakfast
Start your day with a good wholesome and healthy breakfast. Get energized first thing in the morning and dabble in a bit of fresh fruit or yummy scrambled eggs. This will help get your day off to a great start!
2. Kick-start Your Heart Rate
Rather than lounging around the house, get your blood pumping with some self-care exercises. If you’re someone who hates exercise but loves self-care, it might be time to try meditating or yoga!
It doesn’t have to be strenuous or intense, it just needs to be whatever you feel is right.
3. Go for a Walk
Getting outside and walking around can help get your body moving, which is always good after a long week of work.
You will feel relaxed and refreshed if you can catch some sunshine by taking an early morning stroll near the water or through the forest. It doesn’t matter where you go, just so long as you get moving.
4. Draw a Nice Bath
Prepare a relaxing bath complete with bubbles and scents that will take your stress away.
Enjoy the self-care moment by taking in some quality time for yourself while you relax in the tub and dream about something pretty or happy!
5. Read One of Your Favorite Books
There’s nothing like getting lost in a good book. Make your self-care Sunday one of self-love by reading an entire book, start to finish.
It doesn’t matter if it’s self-help, fiction, or nonfiction; just get ready for some self-care time with a book.
6. Write a Letter
If you have friends or family out of town, self-care Sunday could include writing a letter.
You don’t have to send it, but this is a great way to express yourself and work through any feelings that have been brewing inside of you lately.
7. Make a Special Meal
Prepare a special meal for yourself on self-care Sunday. It’s one of the nicest things you can do for yourself and a great way to treat yourself after a long week.
If you have time, cook something special that only takes a few minutes or hours to prepare.
8. Declutter a Space
Do you have a closet full of clothes you’ve been meaning to clean out? Pick a space in your home that needs a bit of organization and decluttering, and get to it!
Decluttering is great self-care because it gets rid of excess. Plus, you’ll be left with a nice self-care moment that will truly make your home feel like a peaceful sanctuary.
9. Get Inspired
Take self-care Sunday as an opportunity to watch some inspiring videos. Find your happy place by watching uplifting speeches, fun commercials, or anything that makes you smile.
10. Go for a Bike Ride
If the weather is nice enough, your Sunday could include going on a bike ride with friends or family members! You could even bike to the market or a nearby park if you’re feeling really adventurous.
This activity reminds us that exercise is always a great way to get some fresh air and sunlight!
11. Start Gardening
Gardening is a great way to spend your relaxing Sunday. Why not start a gardening project and watch it grow over time?
Getting your hands dirty is always a must! If you have the time and energy, go out to the garden and do some planting. Even if it ends up being more of a weeding day than an actual planting day, you’ll get to enjoy the outdoors while getting rid of things that shouldn’t be living there.
12. Visit With Friends or Family
It’s always nice to have self-care Sunday with your loved ones.
Whether it’s a long lunch, an evening walk by the beach, or anything else that’ll bring you closer together, and time is better spent when you involve the people who love and accept you unconditionally!
13. Try a New Hobby
Pick up a new hobby for self-care Sunday. Whether it’s learning how to paint, take photos, sew clothes– anything that you enjoy doing will help ease your stress levels.
14. Plan Your Next Getaway
We all need a break from the daily routine of life, and what better to do that than to take a mini-getaway for a weekend or for a few days.
Explore a place you’ve never been before, or just get excited about planning a future vacation.
15. Take a Social Media Break
Take some time this week to reflect on your behaviors and habits when you’re using social media throughout the day.
Are there any unproductive or unhealthy ways you use your phone? How can you avoid having self-care Sunday be followed by self-loathing Monday because all you did was stare at your phone?
We get so caught up in social media and find ourselves scrolling through content, wasting time. Try taking a social media break and focus your attention on something you’ve been putting off for a while.
16. Reorganize a Storage Space
If you’re like most people, you can include some organizing. Whether it’s your bedroom closet or your linen closet, any space in your home that could use a little refreshing is perfect for self-care Sunday.
This will not only help you feel better, but it’ll also give you a self-care moment when you’re done!
17. Listen to a Guided Meditation
Learn how to embrace the stillness of your mind with a guided meditation. Relax and just embrace the moment. Meditation has many benefits and can prepare your mind for the busy week ahead.
18. Bake Your Favorite Dessert
Well, self-care Sunday is also the perfect day for baking your favorite dessert that you reserve only for special occasions. And you deserve to treat yourself.
Are fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies your favorite? Baking can be both relaxing and fun, so spend your Sunday baking up some goodies to enjoy!
19. Join an Online Class
Ready to begin learning a new skill? Join an online class from the comfort of your home! Continuous learning is a great way to be productive. I personally love using SKILLSHARE and even teach a class there myself on Minimalism.
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20. Try a 30 Minute Yoga Class
If you’ve been sitting at your desk all week or running around with the kids, a yoga class may be what you need to strengthen and center your body. Yoga is known to reduce stress and make the body feel good.
That’s why Yoga is a self-care Sunday must.
21. Write in Your Journal
Journaling can be a self-care Sunday must. It’s good to write your thoughts, feelings, and other things down for self-reflection. Journaling helps you organize your thoughts so you can think clearly when making decisions during the week ahead.
22. Browse Pinterest for Inspiration
Pinterest is the perfect place to find new and creative ideas. Looking for a new recipe? How to get organized? Inspirational quotes? You will find it all and more there!
23. Set a Mini Goal
Setting a mini goal for the day or upcoming week will kickstart your motivation. An example is to read a chapter of a book or write an article for my blog.
Mini goals are easier to accomplish and you can tackle the thing you’ve been putting off little by little.
24. Create a Weekly Budget
We don’t always stick to long-term budgets and circumstances can change from week to week.
Set a weekly budget to stay on track and approach it day by day. This will also help your future self when it comes time to unexpected expenses.
25. Listen to Your Favorite Podcast
I love podcasts and wish I had time to listen to them all, so why not set some time aside and listen to an episode of your favorite podcast. There are so many great ones to choose from!
From wellbeing to mental health, find that that has a positive impact on your life going forward.
26. Read an Inspiring Article
Head on our to your favorite blog or browse Pinterest for topics that you like. Take 15 minutes to read an article that could inspire you or motivate you.
You never know what self-care moment you’ll find in a good article.
27. Take a Nap
Remember how you use to love naps as a kid? You can still love them today, I know I personally do.
Naps feel so good when you are feeling tired or groggy, and when you have the free time why not indulge in a little siesta? Treat yourself to some much-needed rest!
Sometimes the most simple self-care tasks can be enough to refresh your mind and recharge your batteries so that you are ready to take on whatever life throws at you next!
We’ve compiled 27 of our favorite Self Care Sunday ideas but we know there are countless more ways you could use this time in order to give back some love–to both yourself and others around you. What’s one thing YOU would like to do today?