It’s time to take back your Sundays and declare a Self Care Sunday by dedicating one day each week for you. This is the best gift you can give yourself, your family and your circle. Let’s get to it, shall we?
This is what we love about Sundays around here. Refuel and recharge for the week by bringing back a day for family, for community and most importantly, for you. Declare a self care Sunday.
Self-care has transformed a lot over the last few years. It began as a way to encourage people to do more for themselves to improve mental health. But somewhere along the way, it became something some of us felt like we had to add to our plate instead.
Simple homestead living is about embracing an old fashioned life. Did your grandparents ever tell you that Sundays used to be a day of rest, stores were closed and people went to church?
In this post, I’ll share with you how to bring back the old fashioned way of looking at Sundays to create a unique and special self care Sunday routine just for you.
SELF CARE SUNDAY
Ask your grandparents what Sundays looked for families back when your parents were young, or when they were children. Old fashioned, simple homestead living began and ended with this important day in mind.
As a modern day homesteader, I like to look at old fashioned routines for productivity tips on our farm. I mean with so many modern conveniences, how is it possible that 100 years ago people could achieve much more than we do in a day?
If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with this idea of the perfect self-care routine, it is time to take a step back. Instead of focusing on having to fit it into your daily life, why not just start one day a week?
Ps. This post is a little different than what you might expect. All the ideas shared below are fun, frugal and practical ways to improve your life. While you might instantly think of a pretty pink box showing up on your doorstep as a toolkit for your Self Care Sunday with an expensive face mask there are other options.
Why do Self-Care on Sunday?
Sunday is actually the perfect day to dedicate to yourself, since it is often already a day of rest for many people. You are winding down after a fun weekend, and likely getting ready for a new week to begin.
Take advantage of the downtime by adding some self-care activities to your routine.
SELF CARE SUNDAY QOUTES
Setting Up Your Weekly Self-Care Routine
First thingís first ñ figure out what your routine is going to be on Sunday. Donít forget
that self-care doesnít have to be done alone, so if you have a busy house on Sundays,
you can still do this!
What you want to do is focus on your self-care on Sundays, whether that means an
hour during the day, or changing the entire routine for the day.
Think of Sundays like a reset day. When you not only get your planning done for the
week, but you give yourself some time to relax and unwind, reset your body and your
mind for another busy week.
How is it Different from Daily Self-Care?
To put it simply, it is not. You still want to choose activities that help you to relax, are
good for your body and mind, and overall wellness.
But you might have a little more free time on Sundays, so you won’t feel as pressured to fit it all in before or after work, or during your bedtime routine.
Sundays opens up new possibilities for self-care, whether you do it alone or with family.
Think About Your Current Sunday Routine
In order to turn Sunday into your weekly self-care day, you need to consider what you
tend to do on Sundays. This self-reflection helps you determine if these are things that
can only be done on Sundays, or can be moved to another day to give you more time
Make a list of things you do every Sunday first. Then look at your list, and cross off
anything that isnít really necessary or might no longer be serving you. With what is left,
determine if any of those activities can be moved to Saturday.
For example, if you do a lot of cleaning and chores on Sundays, could they be moved to
other days during the week, freeing up a bit more self-care time for you?
Ideas for Sunday Self-Care Activities
The good news is that self-care on Sunday is pretty much the same as what you would
do any other day of the week. It is more about dedicating a day to yourself each week,
especially if you donít have much time during the week to really focus on you.
Here are some activities that can be great to do on Sundays:
1 Let yourself 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 the rest.
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2 Go to brunch with friends.
Self-care can also mean doing something you enjoy with other people. Grab a group of friends on Sunday to go to brunch or rotate hosting a brunch.
3 Head to a park or the beach with your kids.
You can also enjoy more time with your kids without cell phones and TV. Go outside to enjoy the fresh air and exercise. Ride bicycles around your neighbourhood, have a beach day, or do a picnic at the park.
4 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 pampering time. Often people associate self care pampering with a lofty spa bill, this doesn’t have to be the case.
Try our lavender sea salt soak for example, make it with ingredients you have at home and treat yourself.
5 Catch up on your reading or creative projects.
This is the perfect time to pick activities you enjoy, but rarely have time for. Maybe there is a book you have been wanting to finish or a creative project you would love to do.
I personally love camping trips and filling my bag with new books and crafts to work on while in nature.
Why not work on some knitting or sewing projects? Grab our free patterns here.
Here’s a giant list of some creative hobbies for moms.
It’s important to keep learning about what ignites our curiosity and interests in life. Sunday is the perfect day for this.
6 Get ready for the week.
Self-care can also mean just giving yourself time to really reset and prepare for the week ahead.
A planner that fits your needs is a great place to start. If you’re into less clutter consider printing off a few pages from a printable planner that speaks to you. Readers have been raving about our Hygge Wellness Planner off the Etsy Shop or the Wellness Kickstart Planner, and Work at Home Planner.
Something to keep in mind is that what you consider self-care might change depending
on if you are more of an introverted or extroverted person.
Self-Care Ideas for Introverts
If you are 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.
THIS IS ME…
7 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.
8 Find Nature-Inspired Activities – Introverts also tend to enjoy time outdoors, again in a
quiet and peaceful environment.
Try to find some activities you can participate in that will encourage you to spend more time outside.
Hiking, foraging, fishing, gardening, farming.
9 Embrace Your Creative Side – An amazing way to practice self-care as an introvert is
to do something creative. Learn how to knit, write a poem or short story, colour in an
adult coloring book, or start painting.
Instantly download and start colouring now with our homestead colouring book.
10 Spend Time in the Garden – Make this the day you sit and enjoy your plants, your garden sanctuary or work on your healing garden.
11 Journal – Journaling is a great way to help deal with the stress in your life, decompress and work on your mindset. Putting pen to paper, is a perfect way to unload in a safe environment and is proven to have many mental health benefits.
Need help getting started? Print off a printable journal with prompts around a theme that fits your season of life. Here are some I know you’ll love,
Self-Care Sunday Ideas 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.
12 Enjoy Social Time with Friends – What might be a little more up your alley is
scheduling in time with friends. What better way to practice self-care than spend time
with those you love the most?
13 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.
14 Join a Local Club – Another social activity that helps with your self-care is joining a
local club, like a book club. Not only will you be encouraged to read more, but you can
get together once a week with your book club to chat and talk about the book.
15 Host an Event
I love to host events, in fact I’ve shared my top events I like to host every year for our friends that they enjoy. As we all have children now it can be harder and harder to get together.
Choosing a few events to host creates an excuse to get together. Here’s some posts to spark your creativity.
Tips for Your Sunday Self-Care Routine
Here are a few more tips for making sure you have a good Sunday self-care routine,
and really understand what self-care means and how to avoid the common mistakes.
It Encompasses Emotional, Mental, and Physical Health
Self-care does not fulfill just one need in your life. Different activities provoke different
benefits in your life, including helping with your emotional, mental, and physical health.
What works best for you is going to be something that helps you feel relaxed, de-
stressed, improves your mood, and is something you absolutely love to do.
Your Self-Care Needs Can Change Regularly
Just because you have committed to writing in your journal and meditating every
morning for an hour as your self-care routine, doesn’t mean you have to do this forever.
Sometimes, what you choose as your self-care activity changes, or you need to make
adjustments based on your schedule.
Revisit what you are doing for self-care often. As your life and the seasons change, so
will your self-care and what is actually going to benefit you the most.
A Common Mistake is Forcing Your Self-Care
This can’t be said enough your self-care routine should not make you more stressed!
This is a sign that you are forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do and that
is doing nothing for you.
It might be because your friend is participating in this form of self-care, or you read that
it is a good idea. But remember everyone is different and everyone is going to benefit
from different things.
HOW TO START YOUR SELF CARE SUNDAY TODAY
In this post I shared with you just how important it is to think about your Sundays and how you spend it. What ideas stood out to you or you see yourself doing more of after reading them?
You deserve to take extra care of yourself, as a homesteader, homemaker and mother life is busy and life can be difficult. As a nurturer and with some many people depending on you it’s important you have a day.
What will you do this Sunday? Comment below and tag me on Insta @WanderingHoofGarden I’d love to hear 🙂