Self care has become a buzzword over the past few years. It’s meant to encourage women to do to take some intentional time to do more for themselves. But somewhere along the way, it became one more thing to do. If creating a self care routine feels overwhelming to you, just take a step back. Your self care routine is meant to serve you. If you can’t fit it in daily, why not just start with one day a week? Sunday (or even Saturday) is a perfect day to dedicate some time for your self care, since it’s already a day of rest for most people. You’re winding down and possibly getting ready for the new week. Take advantage of this downtime by adding some simple self care activities to your routine.
How to Set Up Your Weekly Self Care Routine
The first thing you’ll want to figure out is what your routine is going to be. It could be just an hour during the day, or changing your entire routine for one day. Think of Sunday as a reset day. Give yourself some time to relax and unwind, reset your mind and body and then you’ll be able to get your planning done for the following week with a clear head.
Choose activities that will help you to relax, are good for your body, mind, spirit and overall wellness. What could you do with the extra time you have on the weekend? Here’s a few ideas to inspire you:
- An extra long yoga practice
- Creative art journaling
- A long soak in the tub
- A long walk outside in nature
- Time spent in kitchen experimenting with new recipes
- A local day trip for a change of scenery.
Sundays opens up new possibilities for self-care, whether you do it alone or with your family.
What Does Your Current Sunday Look Like?
In order to turn Sunday into your weekly self-care day, you need to think about what you typically do on Sundays. This self-reflection can help you to determine if these are things that can only be done on Sundays, or if they can be moved to another day to give you more time for yourself.
Make a list of things you do every Sunday first. Now look at your list, and cross off anything that isn’t really necessary or might no longer be serving you. With the remaining time, determine if any of those activities can be moved to another day of the week. For example, if you usually do a lot of cleaning and chores on Sundays, could they be moved to other days during the week, and free up some more self-care time for you?
Ideas for Sunday Self-Care Activities
Sleep in. If you don’t get to sleep in during the rest of the week, at the very least give yourself this time on Sundays! Your body (and mind) needs that extra rest.
Go to brunch with friends. Self-care can also mean doing something you enjoy with other people. Grab a friend or two on Sunday to go to brunch.
Head to a park or the beach with your kids. Time outside away from cell phones and TV is one of the most meaningful things you can do with your family. Ride bicycles around your neighborhood, have a beach day, or do a picnic at the park.
Have an hour of pampering You might not be able to dedicate the entire day just to self-care, but at least fit in some extra pampering time.
Catch up on your reading or creative projects. This is the perfect time to pick up activities you enjoy, but rarely have time for. Maybe there is a book you have been wanting to finish or a creative art project you would love to do.
Get ready for the week Self-care can also mean just giving yourself time to really reset and prepare for the week ahead.
Self-Care for Introverts
If you’re an introvert, you probably find that you are the most relaxed when you are alone. This doesn’t mean you want to be or should be alone all the time, but that you
often need a little bit of time to yourself each day to recharge and gain your composure.
Have Quiet Solitude on Sunday. Self-care for an introvert can be as simple as just making sure you have some alone, quiet time on Sundays. You need this time to yourself to regroup and relax. It can be really hard when you go all day around other people and never give yourself this time.
Find Nature-Inspired Activities. Introverts often enjoy time outdoors, in a quiet and peaceful environment. Try to find some activities you can participate in that will encourage you to spend more time outside.
Embrace Your Creative Side. An amazing way to practice self-care as an introvert is to do something creative with your hands. Learn how to crochet, write a poem or short story, color in an adult coloring book, or start painting.
Self-Care for Extroverts
Extroverts are more social creatures, getting their energy from being around other people. If you consider yourself an extrovert, you probably enjoy time with others more than time alone. But what does that mean for your self-care routine? Here are some tips for practicing self-care when you are an extrovert.
Enjoy Social Time with Friend . You probably thrive on hanging out with your friends. What better way to practice self-care than spend time with those you love the most?
Volunteer Your Time. Looking for something more meaningful and fulfilling? You might like to volunteer somewhere as your self-care. Look into local community centers or animal shelters that are open on Sunday and see if they need any help.
Join a Local Club – Another social activity that helps with your self-care is joining a local club, like a gardening or book club. It will provide a needed social outlet and help you to broaden your horizons.
Why Is It Important to Have a Self Care Plan?
A regular self care practice is essential for your emotional, mental and physical health. Different self care activities can benefit different areas of your life. What works best for you is going to be something that helps you to relax, destress, improve your mood and is something that you absolutely love to do.
Do remember that you needs can change. Just because you have committed to writing in your journal and meditating every morning for an hour as part your self-care routine, doesn’t mean you have to keep the same routine up indefinitely. If your mind or body needs something different, then make a change. Your life seasons are going to change from time to time, so listen to your gut and do what you need to do. Just remember that your self care routine should not stress you out. Don’t do something that you think you should do but actually makes you miserable.
If you don’t have time for a dedicated self care practice during the week, do remember that the tried and true essentials such as consuming a healthy diet, getting some exercise and regular sleep are essential for stress management and for your long term health.
Do you have any favorite self care practices? I’d love to hear about them!