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Optimize Your Workweek: Practice Self-Care on Sundays

December 3, 2019

It’s no secret that your Sunday activities can set the tone for your workweek. Church nourishes the spirit and a Sunday dinner with family feeds the soul. But to truly start the week on the right foot, self-care should be scheduled into your Sunday activities as well.  

You’re busy and all of your energy goes into work, your household, and the people that make up both. It’s easy to neglect yourself when all of your time is going into sustaining your life. But carving out time for yourself at least one day a week will allow you to recharge, realign, and more effectively tackle the week ahead. 

A self-care routine should consist of activities that refill the areas of your being that need nurturing. If you need alone time to prepare for a week of high-energy interaction, reading a book or taking a bubble bath are great activities to incorporate into your Sunday self-care schedule. If you need to reflect on the past week to fully prepare and plan for the next week, setting aside time to journal is a needed activity for your Sunday agenda. 

Self-care, at its core, is about setting aside time for yourself to engage in tasks that leave you feeling renewed, happy, and prepared for life -- whatever it may bring. However, to help your self-care journey,  below are a few Sunday self-care activities to consider, and hopefully, add to your Sunday routine. No matter how you choose to spend your self-care Sunday, setting time aside to pamper yourself is a deserved and needed practice to maintain a balanced and healthy mind and life. 

  1. Journaling
    Journaling is a popular self-care activity and for good reason. Writing about your day, your dreams and your goals allows you to uncover opportunities, investigate counterproductive or negative habits, and help you live a more conscious, deliberate life. Journaling helps you identify and break your own barriers allowing you to get out of your own way and create a life you’ll love. It’s also a great tool for practicing gratitude. Writing the things you’re thankful for each day, no matter how small, will help you maintain a positive perspective when moving through your day-to-day.

    To start journaling, pick up a journal and a pen and find a quiet spot to write. Let your thoughts flow onto the page or set intentions, like recording what you’re thankful for or daily reflects and areas of improvement. There is no wrong way to journal. Once you start writing, your mind will naturally uncover ideas, opportunities, areas of improvement and lessons. Further, after journaling, you will feel refreshed, prepared, and ready to tackle another day.

  2. Reading
    There is nothing quite like getting lost in a good book. Curled up on the couch or in a chair, a cup of tea in one hand and a beautifully written story in the other is easily one of the best self-care activities you can afford. Reading for pleasure relaxes your mind and improves your mood. It also facilitates better focus and concentration, memory retention, and analytical thinking. Reading, similar to journaling, reduces your stress while developing and improving key skills needed for a productive life.

    Incorporating reading into your Sunday routine is easier than you may think. If you need a book, go to your local library, thrift store, or bookstore. You can also check out books for free via Kindle or Amazon Prime. If you’re not sure where you’re going to find the time, try blocking off 15-30 minutes in the morning before everyone wakes up or right before bed.

  3. Bath
    There is something to be said about sitting and letting your mind rest, and there is no better place to do that then in the bath. This self-care activity benefits both your mental and physical, relaxing and renewing your entire being. Additionally letting your mind rest allows it to naturally wander, discover, and land on solutions and opportunities.

    When taking a self-care bath, go all out for yourself. Light a candle, maybe play a little music and add bath salts to the water. Bath salts help relax your body and mind through the vapors of the essential oils. Depending on the bath salt you choose, the essential oils will relax, calm, energize, or uncloud your thoughts -- giving you a clear mind to start your workweek. Not sure where to purchase bath salts? Support the NATASHA House by purchasing bath salts made by the residents of the home.

  4. Walking
    We aren’t meant to sit inside all day. Getting outside and breathing fresh air is essential to our health.  Nature relaxes us and calms our mind. As we take notice of our surrounds, we find joy in things that we’re usually too busy to notice, like a bird's nest in a tree or the budding of flowers and leaves in the spring. This appreciates sparks gratitude and promotes a calmer, happier disposition. Walking is also linked to a longer life and a healthy heart.

    Start walking by blocking off 20-30 minutes in the morning or after dinner. Walk with music to help calm your mind or invite a person you enjoy to accompany you. The purpose of the walk is to allow the mind time to rest, only invite someone if you know they will respect that goal. You can also listen to a podcast or ebook to give the mind focus and rest.

Make the most out of your workweek by engaging in Sunday self-care. Choose the activities that best fit your needs and lifestyle, and make a conscious effort to complete them each week. You’ll find yourself renewed and ready to take on the week every Monday. An optimized, healthy life starts with caring for and looking after yourself.

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