Relax, Recharge and Refuel - The Self-Care Sunday Guide


Relax, Recharge and Refuel - The Self-Care Sunday Guide

Relax, recharge, and refuel your mind, body, and soul by implementing self-care Sunday into your weekly routine. And let's face it, we all need to unwind, disconnect from technology and from working from home, and most importantly focus on our own wellbeing and mental health during a global pandemic. 
Self-care isn't selfish and you shouldn't feel guilty for investing a full day or dedicating a few hours of your Sunday to yourself. Sunday is the perfect day to do it too,  as it is the last day of the week. You can reflect on your accomplishments from the week, let go of the negative events, and refresh your mindset for the new week ahead.

There are huge benefits from self-care Sunday and it clearly works, that's why it's so popular and on-trend right now! It can improve a better work-life balance and help you live a healthier lifestyle, reduce stress and anxiety, improve your physical and mental health, and you will be glowing internally and externally by the end of it!
Even before the pandemic, I have always practiced self-care Sunday as I have struggled with disconnecting from my job, especially if it was a hectic and stressful week.

The best thing about self-care Sunday is that you can create your own routine, one that suits you and your lifestyle, just remember it needs to be effortless and not a chore. You want to be excited for Sundays and not see it as a burden. This is your time to invest in yourself.

Here are a few ideas for your Self-care Sunday routine:

  1. Have a lie-in without feeling guilty and wake up slowly, you're not in any rush to get out of bed, imagine you're on holiday, stretch out and take your time.
  2. Make your favourite morning drink; coffee, tea, fruit water.
  3. Create a daily journal. Write down your thoughts, feelings and practice gratitude
  4. TURN OFF your phone and disconnect from all technology. *You are banned from reading work emails or even thinking about work.
  5. Declutter and tidy up your home or you won't be able to fully relax (I usually do this on Saturday so I can fully relax on Sunday).
  6. Spend at least 1 hour in nature, go for a walk, get some fresh air in your lungs, and get some much-needed Vitamin D, if it's sunny.
  7. Exercise and meditate. I recommend Yoga or Pilates and not a grueling HIIT training session on a Sunday. Meditate for at least 10 minutes after your workout. 
  8. Nourish yourself with healthy foods throughout the day. Make a fruit and veg juice or smoothie after your workout.
  9. Netflix and chill. Don't feel guilty for spending the entire day on the sofa and in your pajamas. If it helps you relax do it! Catch up and binge-watch a new series or watch your favorite movie classics.
  10. Take a nap. Take two if you need it. If your body is telling you to rest and sleep, listen to it. You clearly need it.
  11. Be creative. Try cooking a new recipe, bake or draw/paint
  12. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water. I particularly like fresh lemon and mint water.
  13. Read a book
  14. Light candles around the house

And last but not least the best part of self-care Sunday...

     15. Treat yourself to a home-spa day and follow these steps, you will feel brand new by the end of it:
  • Make yourself a bubble bath, use bath oils (lavender is a known scent to release stress), and bath bombs.
  • Brush your hair and apply a hair mask. Olaplex or any products with natural ingredients, such as coconut oil or argan oil are the best ones.
  • Wear a face mask in the bath.
  • Shave, pluck, use hair removal in all the right places.
  • Read a book in the bath.
  • Brighten up the bathroom with candles. Turn off the lights and fully relax in the bath. Whatever thought that crosses your mind let it go, put some relaxing music in the background if it helps.
  • Wash your hair and rinse off
  • Moisturise your full body, face to toes.
  • Fake tan, if it's your thing.
  • Give yourself a manicure and pedicure
  • Don't forget your eyelashes. Apply eyelash enhancing serum. (I recommend, Revitalash or RapidLash, they actually work).

© Marianna Reid

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