[A collaborative post – all thoughts are my own.]
Weekend! Are you ready for your self-care Sunday routine? We spend the entire week dragging ourselves on; from office to the class to obligations. Then we spend our weekends planning the next week, meal plan, other check-marks … and other things that just add to our never-ending to-do list.
Sunday is actually the perfect day to dedicate to yourself since it is already a day of rest for many people. After a busy week, taking Sunday off to focus on your self-care is the best thing you can do to wind down and prepare yourself for the new week. When you not only get your planning done for the week, but you also give yourself some time to relax, you will reset your body and your mind for another busy week.
I tend to spread myself thin trying to make all the things happen. I’ve been doing this thing lately called self-care Sundays. I take time each Sunday to practice self-care. Since this is a day my family usually spends quietly at home, this is the perfect day to reflect on the week, recharge, and take care of myself.
Whether you’re spending the weekend worrying about what’s to come on Monday or planning your M-F plans, how about dedicating your Sunday routine to caring for yourself?
Decluttering is not only about cleaning your space. You can declutter your wardrobe, phone, computer/laptop, kitchen area, etc. It may be worthwhile to spend your self-care Sunday working on your own space. If you’re not up for decluttering your entire home, start with your home office, your bathroom counter, your kitchen pantry, or your living room.
Try something new
Your self-care Sunday doesn’t have to rely on your habits. Why not try something you’ve always wanted to do this Sunday? The possibilities are endless—anything from taking a course, learning a new language, getting a baking lesson, dance lesson to learning to drive a car is fair game!
Read a book or watch a movie
I always use my spare time whether to read books or watch a movie. I could read for hours and spend the day watching favorite movies for a fun self-care Sunday. If you love reading, there is always a book to pick to boost your mood and reduce your stress.
I’m not sure how budgeting can be a self-care but I found that budgeting is a routine that I look forward to every week. I get paid weekly so I budget my expenses every week and transfer the rest of the money to my saving and sinking funds. When I found that I could save more and set aside weekly remaining money into savings, I felt proud and it was a great self-care Sunday.
Connect with likeminded people
I’m an introvert so it could be difficult for me to talk with people who don’t share the same interest as mine. Meeting with like-minded people and understanding among others is an excellent choice for your self-care Sunday. Whether you choose to connect in person or online, working on friendships or having meaningful conversations can be fulfilling on every level.
Play games to impove your focus and visual memory
I don’t play games on weekdays because it will distract my mind from working. I schedule to play games as my self-care Sunday. I could play for 1-2 hours in front of my laptop playing games to improve my focus and visual memory. I discover this Solitaire game and play a game called Battleships Armada, where I need to place my ships in a smart way so the opponent can’t find which direction the ship is placed. I get to shoot the opponent ships for three shots per turn after guessing the direction of the opponent’s ship and keep shooting it until I explode it. It was a fun and thrilling game at the same time! And I won on my first try!
Another nostalgic game to improve the focus and speed of my hand is the Zuma Legend game. When I was in high school, my father and I like playing this game. You just have to create sets of 3 or more balls in a row to remove them from the chain before it gets to the end. You can shoot balls outside of the range of the ball chain to get rid of the color you don’t like. The game is not too complicated even for beginners!
And the last is the game to find hidden objects, Hidden Kitchen. I like to play hidden objects games because they sharpen my accuracy in finding photos with limited time. Playing games can be added to your self-care Sunday, not only because they’re fun, but it helps practice your brain’s performance and relax your brain without you realizing it.
Take a nap
During the week, we’re more likely to lose out on sleep due to the routine and obligations of work and family life, and that’s why Sundays are a great opportunity to take a nap. I usually sleep less than 6 hours per day and don’t take a nap during the workday. Whether you prefer a quick power nap or a full-on slumber, resting is one of the very best ways that we can practice self-care Sunday.
Visit your favorite places
I go to a bookstore full of best-seller novels or stationery whenever I need time to unwind. I visit coffee shops during the weekend to spend time alone and enjoy the view. I’m a homebody so I don’t really go out on Sundays. But if I really need to go out, I’ll go to my favorite places and order whatever I want. That’s my self-care Sunday!
What are you usually do for your self-care Sunday? Do you have your own self-care routine? I’d love to hear your ideas below and I might add that to my list.