A Self Care Sunday is the perfect way to recharge, settle, and set intentions for the week to come. So whether you’re new to self care or an experienced yogi, we’re going to share some of our favorite ideas for the self care night of your dreams!
What Is Self Care?
There are so many definitions of self care out there it can be tough to know what it really means in the first place. But it’s important to remember that self-care does not mean the same thing for everyone.
Different people will adopt different self care practices in response to the different stimuli (read: challenges) in their own lives. And, not to get too radical, but your own definition might even change over time. The exciting thing is that self care can be whatever you make of it!
Benefits of Practicing Self Care
It can be a challenge to find 5 minutes to practice self-care, so you might think we’re crazy for suggesting an entire self care Sunday. But these self care Sunday ideas are going to give you numerous benefits.
Let's look at some more tangible benefits of self-care.
Resilience is the ability to stay strong and healthy after something negative, difficult, or challenging happens to you or your community. It can be easy to take on the hardships of those around you, especially of loved ones. The more self-nurturing practices you have, the stronger and more supportive you will be able to remain in the throws of hardship.
When you practice these habits consistently, whether it is taking a luxurious bath by yourself or a deep breath before a meeting, your body learns to move through responses faster. Once the brain has done an activity a few times, it is easier to recall those habits at a moment’s notice.
Improved Well Being
No, self-care will not cure chronic illness. But it has helped many manage their symptoms and promote positive outcomes.
What Is A Self Care Sunday?
Now that you have a little better sense of what self care is and what the benefits of self care are, let’s explore what a self care Sunday really is. First of all, it can be any day of the week.
If you’re an early bird it can be in the morning, if you’re a night owl you can have your own self care night. It doesn’t matter when. What matters is that you take the time to invest in yourself and your well-being.
It’s all about starting small. If a whole evening of pampering yourself is overwhelming, that’s fine! Find one, shorter activity and start doing it consistently. Once you get a little more comfortable with that activity, add another.
Soon enough, your whole self care Sunday schedule will be stacked with regenerative, centering, fulfilling activities.
Here's Our List Of The Best Self Care Sunday Ideas!
Try out these self care Sunday ideas to prepare for a stressful work week and wind down on so you can come into the next weeek revived and feeling amazing!
Enjoy The Beauty Of Nature
Go outside! Take a hike, walk the dog, play some pickup basketball, or just sit in the sun in the park. Exposure to sunlight releases serotonin in the body. So if you need a quick pick me up, one of the easiest things to do is to get some sun!
There’s a lot to learn from nature and inspiration all around. Take delight in the vibrant colors of a bird’s plumage, the feeling of a cool breeze across your nose, and the sounds of running water in a stream. These activities are something you can do by yourself or with others, so make it what you need it to be!
Catch Up On Sleep
According to the CDC, 1 in 3 Americans reports getting less than the recommended eight hours of sleep. And according to the Mental Health Foundation, “Sleeping helps us to recover from mental as well as physical exertion.” Poor sleep can increase the risk of having poor health, and poor health can make it harder to sleep.
Sleep disturbances can be one of the first signs of distress. Common mental health problems like anxiety and depression can often underpin sleep problems. Strive to get good sleep and turn every night into a self care night.
A really good idea for monitoring your sleep habits is a sleep journal. It’s all about awareness, and the more you can monitor the choices you make (like the ice cream you finished right before you laid down) the better equipped you’ll be to make adjustments that improve your sleep.
Take Some Quiet Time For Yourself
Sometimes all you need to recharge is some time to yourself. Grab a journal, your favorite blanket, or go to your favorite place for some quiet solitude to replenish and reset.
Connect With Someone You Love
Sometimes what you need is to look someone in the eye and connect with them! Whether it’s a heart-to-heart with your partner, cracking a joke with the barista, brunch with your girlfriends, or a hike with a friend, find someone to connect to.
As a social species, we thrive on the release of endorphins from social interactions. That means that even if you’re an introvert, finding small ways to be in real connection with those around you can be so meaningful. It can be scary, but the more you use the tools in this blog, the more tools you’ll have to face those fears!
Take A Warm Bath
We’re totally impartial, but our favorite way to wind down is with a bath bomb. Our bath bombs are your perfect winter self care treat! They keep you warm while you soak in relaxing Epsom salts, balancing bentonite clay, and hydrating sweet almond oil. Plus they are beautiful, handmade, loving indulgences.
If you’re going to do it, you better go all out! Our body scrubs use natural exfoliators like sugar, salt, and cranberry seeds, amongst others, to buff dry skin away.
If you’re looking for something gentler, try our new vegan Yogurt Body Peels with ground pumice. Be sure to finish off with our hydrating, shea butter-based Body Butter. They are the cherry on top of your self care Sunday!
Enjoy A Spa Day
There’s nothing like a spa day to give you that little extra something you need. Whether it’s the release from a massage, the shine from a facial, or just the time away, there’s something magical about incorporating spa care into your self care! And remember: there is no better investment than yourself.
Start A Journal
We love journaling! And journaling can be anything you need it to be. Unclutter your mind and get your thoughts down. Express your gratitude for something that happened during the week. Collage your favorite quotes and images from the week.
Set goals, reflect, practice affirmations. A wonderful starting (and ending) point for any journal entry is this affirmation from Brené Brown:
I am enough.
Try it and let us know what you think!
Treat Yourself To Good Food
When you know where your food comes from AND it tastes good… It doesn’t get any better than that! Make a fresh, green meal or order in from your favorite, trusted restaurant. Take time to connect to what you put in your body. You will feel a difference whether it’s a single meal or a long-term change.
Meditation can be a scary word, but you already do it all the time. Watch this: take a deep breath in, feel your lungs fill, and now breathe out and feel them empty. You just did it, you meditated!
There are so many types of meditation. Luckily, there are tons of resources out there to help you get on your way. The Calm app is free. And if you’re more of the bookish type, look at Jon Kabot-Zin for medical-based research, Thict Nhat Han for a spiritual approach, or Tara Brach for an experiential perspective.
Getting Started With Your Self Care Sunday
This is an article about starting. We’ve shared some ideas to help you get started, but ultimately it’s up to you to find what’s right for your path. Again, self care will mean something different to everyone. We’ve seen the exciting benefits of incorporating a self care Sunday into our weeks. But it doesn’t matter whether it’s all the time, just Sundays or a quiet self care night with a face mask and a bath bomb. What matters if giving yourself some loving care.
If you still don’t know where to start even after reading our self care Sunday ideas, try a bath bomb (link to bath bombs)! And then ask yourself a few questions: are you more at peace laughing with friends or quietly reading a book cuddled under your favorite blanket? Does being in nature center you, or do you feel a deep connection to yourself in a dim room watching your favorite show?
Part of this journey is awareness. So as you try more and more of our self care Sunday ideas out, begin to take notice of which activities make you happy, give you peace, and help you tune into yourself.
According to Jon Kabot-Zin, mindful awareness can bring improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms as well as positive changes in health, attitudes, and behaviors. That’s what we want for you.
We hope this article helps! And we know our bath bombs will. So click around to find your favorite product, place an order, and make a plan to start your self care Sunday this week.