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20 Self Care Ideas and Tips to Supercharge Your Self Care Sunday

20 Amazing Self Care Ideas for Sunday and Every Day

With all of its ups and downs as well as the pressurs of work, family, and other obligations, modern life can get quite stressful and overwhelming. It has never been more important to take time for yourself to unwind, relax, and practice self-care.

What better day to pamper yourself and practice self-care than Sunday, before the new work week begins? Read on for some of our favorite self care ideas to help you unwind this Sunday… or whenever you like.

Our Top Self Care Ideas At a Glance:

  • Turn off your wake-up alarm
  • Might as well turn your phone off, too!
  • Start a daily gratitude journal
  • Stretch first thing in the morning
  • Enjoy a full healthy breakfast
  • Take a long relaxing bath
  • Invite your best friend over
  • Buy some houseplants
  • Engage in your favorite hobby
  • Get a professional massage
  • Treat yourself to a dinner
  • Learn to say “no”
  • Declutter your home office
  • Practice mindfulness and deep breathing
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Practice saying affirmations
  • Go to your local park
  • Get a pet
  • Get a pedicure
  • Focus on the future

What is Self-Care Sunday?

After a long week, we all feel exhausted and burned out. This is why so many of us spend most of our Saturdays resting and sleeping, not wanting to move a muscle. Come Sunday, we wake up with 24 hours of free time on our hands. Why not spend that time doing something amazing for yourself? 

Self-care is any step you take towards improving the quality of your life, no matter how small that step may be.

We’ve compiled a list of self care ideas you can try next Sunday, or any day you like. Taking the time to practice and implement some of these self care ideas will help you find the balance you need in life and work, improving your overall wellbeing.

13 Best Self-Care Ideas to Try Next Sunday

1. Turn Off Your Wake-Up Alarm

The number-one tip we can give anyone who’s inspired by self-care Sunday is to turn off their alarm. You shouldn’t rush waking up on a Sunday. It’s your off day, and you can sleep as much as your body needs.

If you’re someone who keeps hitting the snooze button thinking that it’s a gentler way of waking up, you need to stop doing so because it is actually far from gentle. Hitting the snooze button several times before waking up disrupts your sleep and degrades its quality, which will leave you feeling groggy and tired when you finally get up. 

When you do wake up after having slept as much as your body and mind need, don’t rush to do anything or talk to anyone. Just take 5-10 minutes to quietly be with yourself. 

2. Might as Well Turn Your Phone Off, Too!

Technology is great. It helps us connect with one another and stay up to date with everything that’s going on in the world. However, there comes a time when technology can be overwhelming and attention-draining, especially when you’re checking your social media feeds every few minutes. 

Since we’re on the topic of turning your alarm off, you might as well put your smartphone on the back burner, too. It’s difficult to go phoneless in our day and age, but having a no-phone day is good for your mind and soul.

Instead of wasting time and attention on your phone, spend that time with a family member, friend, or by yourself. You can go for a walk, read a book, do some sports, or whatever keeps your spirit elevated. 

Remember, some of the best self care ideas are about subtraction, not addition. In this case, we’re taking away a source of distraction and overwhelm just for a little while.

3. Start a Daily Gratitude Journal

Most of us go through life focusing on future goals and pursuits without taking the time to appreciate and practice gratitude for the little things in life that bring us joy. Being grateful is being happy because you’re programming your mind to focus more on the positives than the negatives.

You can start practicing gratitude by starting a gratitude journal. All you have to do is write down a few things that make you happy or that you’re thankful for every day. Whenever you’re feeling down, simply open your gratitude journal and read it to tap into positive emotions.

Did you know that practicing gratitude can help you feel alive and can improve the quality of your sleep? It can also help you with emotional expression, so it should definitely be part of your self-care routine.

4. Stretch First Thing in the Morning

Doing some stretching exercises first thing in the morning will help to activate your body muscles and prepare them for the day. Don’t want to stretch? Go for a walk outside and breathe some fresh air in the process while enjoying the sunshine. Alternatively, you can do some yoga or head to the gym.   

Make sure to keep a water bottle handy as you’re doing your exercises or during your morning walk. Drinking water first thing in the morning will help flush out all of the toxins in your system, especially if it’s lemon water. 

5. Enjoy a Full Healthy Breakfast

We tend to pay very little attention to our breakfasts during the workweek because we’re typically in a hurry to get ready for work. Luckily, self-care Sunday is here to the rescue! On a day off like Sunday, you should make sure to enjoy a full, healthy breakfast in the morning. By full, we mean that it should have all of the vital nutrients your body needs.

You can go for a healthy smoothie instead of a full-on breakfast, but we strongly recommend the latter, as solid food is always better (and tastier) than blended food. Remember to incorporate some fruits or vegetables, complex carbohydrates, a source of protein, and some healthy fats.

After you’re done having breakfast, follow up with a nice warm drink without caffeine. Herbal tea, lavender, or some warm lemon water are great options. Try to avoid coffee on Sunday if you can. If you really can’t go a day without coffee, how about taking a walk to your nearest coffee shop after breakfast instead of making it at home? Post-meal walks have proven to help control blood sugar levels and improve blood flow.

6. Take a Long Relaxing Bath

There are many self care ideas and activities that you can try out, but one of the most popular and enduring is the act of taking a long, hot bath.

Take your bath time to the next level by lighting a candle, playing some relaxing music, using essential oils, or trying out CBD bath bombs or bath salts. After you’re done with your long, relaxing bath, why not continue the pampering with a high quality moisturizer?

7. Invite Your Best Friend Over

Even though self-care Sunday is all about pampering and spending time with yourself, you don’t have to spend the whole day alone. Why not invite a friend over to share the fun? Spending time with a loved one is a great way to feel calm, relaxed, and happy.

There’s a lot that you can do with a friend, from going to the movies to having brunch to playing video games. If you don’t feel like having people around, or your friends live too far away, picking up the phone for a long chat is almost as good.

8. Buy Some Houseplants

Having houseplants around has plenty of health benefits. Firstly, plants help keep the air clean by producing oxygen. They’re one of the best means of improving indoor air quality!

Having plants around can also help to reduce blood pressure and even suppress the activity of the nervous system, which can provide you with a feeling of calm and tranquility as well as improve your mood.

We suggest going for succulent plants or air plants, as they tend to live for a very long time and are relatively easy to care for. If you don’t mind some high-maintenance plants, though, try Areca Palms or Peace Lilies. They’re simply delightful! 

9. Engage in Your Favorite Hobby

Self-care Sunday is all about doing what you love, no matter what it is. Fun fact: the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, loves to knit in her free time! What do you love to do? Your hobby can be just about anything, from shooting hoops, working out or jogging, to reading books, listening to podcasts or baking.

Engaging in your favorite hobby or pastime can help to reduce stress, boost immunity, and reduce inflammation, among many other health advantages.

10. Get a Professional Massage

This is one of our favorite and most indulgent self care ideas! Apart from feeling amazing, massages have been proven to have numerous health benefits including pain relief, stiffness alleviation, reduced depression and anxiety, lowered stress levels, better blood circulation, and boosted immunity.

Ideally, you should go for a professional massage, as it’s most likely to offer you the best results. Alternatively, you can invest in a high-tech massaging tool for home use or trade massages with your partner or a friend.

11. Treat Yourself to Dinner

If you don’t enjoy cooking and see it as more a chore than a pleasure, this self care idea is for you: take something off your plate by treating yourself to dinner instead of cooking. If you don’t feel like going out on self-care Sunday, you can always order takeout.

12. Learn to Say “no”

To enjoy your self-care Sunday or your free time to the max, you must learn to say “no” to anything that will add to your to-do list or bring you more stress than it is worth.

There’s nothing wrong with grinding and working hard, but come Sunday, make sure your schedule is free for you to do whatever it is that you love to do. If this means reducing your workload, taking items off your to-do list, or canceling appointments, do it. Sunday is YOUR day!

Of course, it’s possible to be firm in your “no” while still being polite, kind, and respectful to those around you.

13. Declutter Your Home Office

Sunday is the perfect day to prepare for the workweek, particularly if you work from home. Why not prepare for the workweek by decluttering and organizing your office space?

Start by organizing files, documents, and papers, assigning each to a specific place in your office so it’s easy to find them later on. Then give your office surfaces a thorough wipe down using a damp piece of cloth and an effective cleaning product. If you have a PC, make sure to give all of its components a wipe as well, from the monitor to the computer tower and the keyboard.

Finally, empty out your drawers and give them a good wipe. Who knows, maybe you’ll find that one item you’ve been looking for!

Bonus Tips and Self Care Ideas

14. Practice Mindfulness and Deep Breathing

Mindfulness involves being aware of everything inside and outside of your body. Taking a few minutes to do a mindfulness meditation while focusing on deep breathing can be a great help when it comes to relaxing.

Not sure where to start? Look for a beginners’ mindfulness practice on YouTube and follow along with the video.

15. Go for a Bike Ride

Who doesn’t love a bicycle ride? Cycling gives you all the benefits of a good workout as well as allowing you to get outside in nature. For bonus points, play the song “Bicycle Race” by Queen in your headphones as you ride!

16. Practice Saying Affirmations

By making a habit out of affirming yourself every day upon waking up and before hitting the sack, you’ll notice that your negative thoughts start to drift away, getting replaced by positive ones in the process. This is one of our most powerful yet underestimated self care ideas and we really hope you use it.

You might feel a little silly at first but it’s worth it, we promise.

17. Go to Your Local Park

Whether or not you have a pet, spending some quality time at your local park can be enjoyable. You’ll get some fresh air and sunshine, and feel like part of your local community even if you go alone.

18. Get a Pet

If you don’t have a pet and you’ve always wanted one, head to the nearest animal shelter or pet store and adopt a furry companion. Pets take a lot of work and can be a 10-20+ year commitment, so this is not a decision to take lightly. But if you’ve thought it through and can give an animal the love and care they deserve, the benefits are infinite! Don’t believe us? Check out this CNN article on all the science-backed benefits of owning a pet.

19. Get a Pedicure

Our feet are often neglected when it comes to body care, so why not consider getting your feet soaked and pedicured next Sunday? You can do a home pedicure or head to a local salon and have a professional pamper your toes for you.

20. Focus on the Future

Instead of dwelling on what’s in the past, focus on building a better future. You can’t change the past, after all, but you can change your future. 

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Final Thoughts

As self-care Sunday enthusiasts, we’ve tried out all the self care ideas on this list between us and they have been a complete blessing. 

Of course, there are plenty of other tips, tricks, and self care ideas out there that you can implement. You might even have some of your own! The ones shared in this article are provided for inspiration, so take the ones that work for you and remember that you can alter them as you like to fit with your lifestyle. 

Remember that self-care Sunday is about rewinding, reflection, having fun, and enjoying your own company, so don’t overwhelm yourself with too many tasks or ideas. If it brings you joy and helps you to feel relaxed and at peace, you’re doing it right.

Before you go, don’t forget to check out our store filled with premium CBD products to aid in relaxation, good health, and self care.

About the Writer

Kehlia D.

Kehlia is a freelance writer with degrees in Chemistry, Plant Science and Agricultural Technology and focusing on cannabinoid science. Her studies and research have taken her to three continents and she is currently digital nomading in Israel while studying the CBD industry based there.

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