All too often, Sunday evenings are total downers – the bulk of the weekend has come and gone, and by the time the sun has set, we’re shrouded in the Sunday Blues.
Enter Self-Care Sunday.
By ending the weekend with something to look forward to, you’ll wrap your two-day break on a positive note. Plus, self-care is the best way to recuperate after a weekend of socializing, revelry, or getting that side hustle on. And a bit of pampering will help you recharge for the work week ahead.
Use this checklist to make sure you have everything you need to treat yo’self well and get ready to relax:
1. Scheduled time for yourself
Between job schedules, catching up with friends, and family needs, the world demands a lot of us. It’s easy to sacrifice self-care in favor of happy hour, or wrapping up work tasks that we feel just have to be submitted ASAP.
If you find it difficult to locate space in your hectic schedule for downtime, follow this tip from Fast Company: Plug it into your calendar.
You’ll be less inclined to skip your “Me Time” if you have it physically on the books.
2. Treat yourself to some indulgent – albeit healthy! – food
The point here isn’t to go on a total carb overload (though more power to you, if you do!), but rather to take the time to enjoy your food.
Whether it’s a gorgeous, multi-layered smoothie bowl or a plate of your world-famous nachos, feed your tummy and your soul with fresh comfort food à la you.
In an age when food is often prized for its “grab & go” convenience, now’s your chance to really sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Savor each bite, let the flavors sink in, and enjoy your meal mindfully.
3. Say “cheers” to your health
What’s a meal without wine?
For at least one of the other two meals, let yourself enjoy a glass of something special.
Again, you don’t have to go overboard with your consumption, since that’s counterproductive, anyway. But there’s something so fittingly self-indulgent about cracking open that nice bottle just for yourself (and saving the rest with an effective wine stopper, of course).
Psst: If you’re looking to relax, science has pretty much proven that red is your best bet.
4. Release any unwelcome emotions
In order to effectively recharge, first, you’ll need to clear any lingering or pent-up emotions. Yoga, meditation, and journaling are all excellent methods for doing so.
Or if you’d like to write out your thoughts, here are 10 journaling tips designed to help you heal and grow in the process.
5. Hit the “Yes, I’m still watching” button
Or some variation thereof. Let yourself catch up on your favorite series, or tend to your own personal herb garden.
Or maybe your preferred method of unwinding and escaping is watching a good rom-com, diving into an uplifting novel, or blasting a Bach concerto on your retro turntable.
Whatever leads you to your own personal zen, now’s your opportunity to do it without any judgment or pressure to be “more productive.
6. Soak it all up
The best way to end your #selfcaresunday? With everyone’s favorite pampering activity: A nice long soak in the bath.
Queue up the relaxing tunes, inhale some calming essential oils, and slip into something detoxing, calming, or naturally moisturizing. Pair this time in your own personal spa with a facial or mani-pedi, for the ultimate end to the weekend.
Sunday Blues who?