I’ve had nightmares all my life. On a good night, I’m terrorized by monsters and aliens. That’s actually kind of fun compared to the bad nights when I dream of realistic scenarios where I lose everyone I love.
During the day, aside from being tired, I have always had to deal with a touch of anxiety. The only person better at worst-case scenarios than me is my best friend.
But what has helped me get through this? What can help you? A little self-care. Take time to take care of yourself on a self-care Sunday. How? Let’s find out!
10 Self Care Sunday Ideas:
- Do something active that you enjoy!
- Spend time outside.
- Take time for a creative hobby.
- Enjoy a tea or coffee break with a book or a friend.
- Stop and think about the big picture and your spirituality.
- Meditate on a positive thought or quality you want to develop.
- Pamper yourself with a bubble bath, a manicure, or a facial.
- Take a nap!
- Make healthy foods and drink lots of water.
- Take a class to learn something new!
What Is a Self Care Sunday and Why Should You Bother?
“I don’t have time for a self care Sunday!”
I know you don’t and neither do I. But a self care Sunday doesn’t have to take all day. It doesn’t even have to be Sunday. But you do need to take time for self-care at least once a week.
So what is self care? Isn’t it kind of selfish to set aside time to pamper yourself? That’s what I used to think. But it’s just not true. Self-care is vitally important, especially if you are a super busy she-boss with an A-Type personality like me.
Self-care is the act of taking time to do something that contributes to your health and well-being. It’s that simple. It doesn’t have to be a spa day. It could be a 15-minute break for a cup of tea.
And it’s important because we all have limited resources. Once our time and energy is gone it’s gone. By the time we are hangry we are mean and once we say something awful we can’t take it back.
Trust me on this. Your family wants you to take time for self care Sunday, or any other day you like! If you have a whole self care Sunday even better!
My Self Care Mantra
As I said, I’ve had some problems with stress. And most of it is imaginary stuff I inflict on myself because I’m that type of crazy. But in the last few years, I have found that a little bit of self-care really helps.
For example, every day I do something creative I don’t have nightmares. And exercising just makes it better. Taking a little time to reflect on nature and the creator is the cherry on top of my sanity Sunday.
That’s why I try to do something creative, something physical, and something spiritual every single day. In fact I normally try to fit all three of these categories into my morning self care routine.
How can you use this very simple formula for your self care Sunday? What are some things you can do? Let’s get started!
Physical Self Care for Self Care Sunday
A lot of what self care is all about is rejuvenation. You work hard and you need to rest. But just sitting around isn’t really going to rejuvenate you. Resting is important but resting too much won’t get you the feeling you are looking for.
You need to move. Try to make physical movement a regular part of your life. Even on your lazy days, you should move around a bit. Just make sure it’s in a way that you really really enjoy so it still feels like a treat for your self care Sunday.
Here are a few forms of physical self-care for your self care Sunday:
- Take a walk.
- Do a fun dance video.
- Go hiking with friends.
- Play a sport you enjoy.
- Take a bike ride.
- Go for a swim.
- Try kayaking or another chill water sport.
- Work on a garden.
Emotional Self Care is Very Important
Another part of your self-care that is really important to pay attention to on your self care Sunday is your emotional self care. Trust me, your family is going to be happy if you take the time to work on your own happiness. If you can’t do this for yourself, do it for them.
Creativity is my form of emotional self-care. Even if you aren’t a creative person or the finished product is far from impressive doing something creative can help you release stress and tension.
Another way to do emotional self care is to take time for quietness and solitude. Sometimes we all just need to do a little bit of nothing.
Here are some great emotional self-care ideas for your Self-Care Sunday:
- Sketch a picture.
- Color in an adult coloring book.
- Write in a journal.
- Paint whatever.
- Sewing is a favorite of mine.
- Make jewelry.
- Drink a cup of tea for a few quiet moments.
- Sit on the porch and watch the sunset or the clouds.
Try a Spiritual Self Care Sunday
As I mentioned before self-care for me always includes something spiritual. And since most people are thinking spiritually on Sunday anyway it’s a great thing to include in your self care Sunday.
Why should you consider your spirituality? Because we all have a need for it and paying attention to that need will make us happier. That empty spot you are feeling, the anger and resentment that’s welling up, and the stress that’s weighing on you can all be alleviated by taking time for your spirituality.
We all need to take a little time from the minutia of life to focus on the big picture, a better future, and the beauty of the creation.
Here are some things I might do for as spiritual self-care Sunday:
- Read the Bible.
- Listen to a lecture about the Bible.
- Pray and meditate.
- Have a deep conversation with someone about spiritual things.
- Get together with others who are interested in their spirituality.
- Spend some time appreciating nature and thinking about the creator.
- Take some time to think about life and the big picture.
I know that we all have different ways of looking at spirituality. You may have other things you do for your spirituality. Just don’t forget to include it in your life.
Pamper Yourself on Self Care Sunday:
So far we have been talking about self care ideas you may not have seen before. That’s because self-care is about taking time for what you really need and what will deeply refresh you. But that doesn’t mean some good old pampering is great too!
I think sometimes we feel silly wanting to pamper ourselves. We shouldn’t feel that way though! First of all half of that pampering is just good personal hygiene. Second, there is nothing wrong with taking time to rest so that you can be a better happier person.
Here are some great ideas for some pampering on your self-care Sunday:
- Hot Bath
- Face Mask
- Deep Condition your hair.
- Take a break to read a book in the middle of the day.
- Watch your favorite movie with your favorite snack.
- Have coffee with a friend.
- Take a nap.
- Drink some hot tea or hot chocolate or some wine!
Daily Self Care
Now the thing is, life is full of little moments where you could explode or you could say no and take some time for the self-care and rest you need. And though self-care Sunday is a verifiable thing with its own hashtag now, self-care doesn’t have to wait for Sunday. In fact, it shouldn’t.
You should try to make self-care part of your daily routine by doing small things that help you feel good, stay healthy, be happy, grow, rest, and relax.
Here are some ideas for daily self-care:
- Pack a healthy snack and lunch.
- Take a walk on your lunch break.
- Put your phone away and don’t look at it for a while.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Take a power nap.
- Schedule time (literally in your planner) for your favorite hobby.
- Take a class to learn to do something you have always wanted to do.
- Stretch before bed.
- Write in a journal.
- Text a friend about something silly.
- Take a break from social media.
- Declutter a space in your home so it functions better every day.
Prioritize Yourself, It’s Not as Bad as It Sounds
I know it sounds selfish and crazy to take time for yourself. You are too busy and your family depends on you. But really, it’s not so bad to prioritize yourself. When you take some time for self care Sunday or any day! you will be a better mom, wife, sister, daughter, and friend. Why? Because you won’t be on your last nerve.
I’ll say it once, and I’ll say it again. If you want a happy simple life, take time for yourself. It will benefit everyone.
What are your favorite self care habits? Please share in the comments below!
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