Make yourself a priority and give your body, mind, and spirit the love you deserve! It’s time to stop wishing and start doing – with an epic Self Care Sunday routine.
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Self-Care Sunday Meaning
First, what is self care Sunday anyway?
Well, it’s the beautiful idea of taking one day of the week for YOURSELF. To restore your depleted energy and fire you up for a week ahead.
Typically, that day is Sunday because it’s often the day of the week where we have more time. HOWEVER, it could be self care Saturday or Wednesday for you. The specific day isn’t important.
What’s important is that you’re setting aside the time!
The Benefits of Sunday Self Care
The benefits of taking time to recover every week CAN NOT be overstated.
We live in a culture where work and busyness are highly valued. As a result, we feel tired and stressed much of the time. Even when we aren’t doing something, we feel like we should be.
By carving out at least a day to focus on your wellbeing, you’ll be giving yourself the gift of happiness and focus. You’ll:
- feel energized all week long
- have more clarity on what’s important
- produce better work during the week (in less time)
- prevent mental overload and burnout
What is a Good Self Care Sunday Routine?
Now obviously, the best self care Sunday routine depends on your lifestyle and preferences. Perhaps you’d love to get up and watch the sunrise. Or maybe your priceless day starts with sleeping in instead.
Would you rather recharge alone or be surrounded by others? Relax or get moving?
This post will help you get very CLEAR about your perfect day off. What pursuits bring you the most joy and energy? Do those! Below are excellent Sunday self care ideas to get you thinking.
*To map out your ideal routine, use this free time blocking template printable!
The 45 Best Self Care Sunday Ideas
1. Spend Time in Nature
Nature is well-known for its positive effects on our mood and energy. In fact, almost every culture uses it as a healing tool.
So, utilize this knowledge to take a nature walk, sit on your back patio surrounded by flowers, or read next to your favorite plant.
2. See People You Love
We are limited during the week on how much we see the people we really care about. Sunday is a great day to make up for that!
If connecting is important to you, set aside time for a weekly coffee, walk, phone call, or drinks on someone’s deck.
3. Sleep In
Unless you’re a diehard sunrise person, this is your chance to start the day slowly and at your own pace. So, turn off that alarm clock and let your body get up when it needs to for one day.
4. Ditch the Screens
You might be astonished at the amount of time you spend checking messages, email, and random feeds. If you are an average person, it’s 2-4 hours PER DAY.
The best thing you can do on your self care Sunday is to ditch the technology. Give your mind a break from information overload and fill your day with real-world energy instead.
5. Indulge in Quiet Time
Now, because you aren’t staring at screens all day long, you have the space to think. So, spend a few minutes every Sunday in stillness, meditation, or prayer.
By sitting alone, you’ll gain amazing insights and feel much more connected with your true values. – See Meditation for Beginners HERE>>
6. Have Brunch With Loved Ones
Breakfast is grab-and-go the rest of the week, but a large brunch is perfect for your Sunday morning with family or friends. Make something delicious yourself or find a restaurant you adore and connect on a deep level over nourishing food.
7. Enjoy Snuggle Time
In my biased opinion, every good self care Sunday routine should include time to cuddle with those around us. So, prioritize snuggling with kids, partners, and pets and utilize the amazing power of touch to recharge you.
Do you feel like you never have enough time to read?
Let’s change that! Block out an hour or two of your Sundays to dive deep into a book. Explore a new world or learn something new.
9. Make a Special Cup of Coffee (or Tea)
The fun part of self care Sunday is that you can make it special in small ways.
For a long time, my husband and I saved our special whole bean coffee for the weekend. It was a sweet little indulgence that had us looking forward to that time off.
10. Have a Bath Night
Would you love a Sunday spa night? Baths are the ultimate self-care tool that cost very little! Make it indulgent with your favorite salts, oils, and bubbles and you’ll be excited for it all week long.
11. Meal Prep
Meal prep is a healthy gift you give yourself for days to come.
Yes, it’s a little work on this relaxing day, but eating healthy is one of the best ways you can truly care for yourself and protect your energy through the week.
Related Post: Small Ways to Get Healthy
12. Go on a Picnic
If the weather is nice, get out in the sunshine. Pack a light meal or go all fancy with different cheeses and crackers.
13. Watch Your Favorite Show
This is in direct violation of #4, but if you have a show that makes you smile (and you never have time for), perhaps this is a good exception.
14. Establish a Family Night
Family night does not have to be complicated, but it is a weekly ritual that can add much-needed depth to your family. Here are some easy ideas:
- Go to the swimming pool, then get pizza (our favorite for summer)
- Play a board game or two
- Watch a beloved kids movie
- Eat a “snacky” dinner
- Play a kid friendly game of truth or dare
- Ask silly kid questions for fun
- Take a family walk or bike ride
*See more awesome family night ideas here>>
15. Get or Do a Mani Pedi
Now is the time to pamper yourself a bit! Doing your nails is a simple action that feels good in the moment, plus gives you something pretty to look at during the week.
16. Get a Massage
Next, splurge on a professional massage or have your significant other give you a DIY one. Then, watch that stress and tension melt away.
17. Inspire Yourself
Want to start the week on fire with passion and motivation?
Use a part of your Sunday to get in the right mindset to own your week. Here are a few fun ways:
- Pick beautiful loving affirmations to say
- Write down your favorite self-care quotes where you’ll see them
- Watch an inspiring youtube video
- Listen to a motivational podcast
- Read a blog, article, or book that fires you up
Related Post: Superb Things to Do on a Rainy Day
Journaling is the most underrated free therapy a person can find. Not only can writing help you relieve toxic emotions, but you can get clear on your goals, recount your blessings, and dramatically increase your learning.
If you aren’t journaling on the weekends (or during the week), you should definitely consider it!
19. Plan Your Week Ahead
Taking 30 minutes to look at your calendar, plan your self-care out, and prioritize your most important tasks for the week will skyrocket your productivity without stressing you out.
20. Spend Time With Your Partner
In my home, it’s difficult to connect one-on-one during the week.
That’s why we created a Sunday morning date. Before the kids wake up, I (the early bird) make two cups of coffee and bring them to bed. We spend the next hour rehashing the week and talking about life.
*Try these fun would you rather couples questions to spice things up!
21. Tidy Up or Declutter
One ritual that I’ve added into Sundays is a 30 minute declutter. It’s not picking up. It’s getting the clutter OUT of our home so it’s easier to pick up next time.
22. Branch Out
When was the last time you tried something new? This is your day! Here are a few simple ideas to branch out on Sundays:
- Visit a new park
- Eat at a new restaurant
- Set a goal you’ve never gone after
- Try a different workout
- Start a new good habit
The ideas are endless, but one small tweak will help you feel confident and fantastic!
23. Have a Grooming Day
As a busy mom, doing simple things like trimming my eyebrows and clipping my nails gets pushed to the back burner. If you struggle with this too, consider setting aside a few minutes every Sunday to groom (try this kit) and set yourself up for feeling good through the week.
If you are religious, centering yourself at your place of worship is an excellent self-care action!
25. Get in Fun Exercise
Sunday is a great day to move your body in a way that inspires you.
So, take a longer class at the gym or hit a trail. Or incorporate two other self-care ideas: (connecting with others and getting into nature) by going on a family bike ride or asking a friend to walk at a new park.
26. Make a Vision Board
If you have a vision board, make Sundays the day to check in with it. If you haven’t made one, check out this vision board template and post to get working on your clear vision for the future today.
27. Create a Family Dinner Tradition
Next, would you love having parents, relatives, or friends over for a weekly dinner? This can be a simple tradition that keeps your extended family close for decades.
28. Splurge on Takeout
After working all week long, make Sunday your day to splurge on your favorite Starbucks coffee, deli, or restaurant.
29. Spend Time Visualizing
If you have a vision board or set goals, you should have an idea of where you’d like to be in your future. Now, take a few moments on Sundays to visualize how accomplishing those goals makes you feel. What do you do with that extra energy, increased peace, or surplus of cash?
Make it real in your head and you’ll make it a reality in the physical world too!
30. Try a Face Mask
Face and lip masks are super fast and inexpensive ways to pamper your skin. So, invest in a few and make it your next self-care sunday routine ritual.
31. Make a Gratitude List
There is so much good around us that gets tainted by our mood or perspective. The best way to bring you back to your blessings is to write a gratitude list. Make it 10 items or 100. Either way, you’ll realize that there are MANY beautiful things to be grateful for!
Related Post: Thoughtful Journal Prompts for Gratitude
What went well last week? What needs improvement?
Considering the good and bad of the last week can help you enormously when fixing problems and celebrating wins.
(This is a great thing to do when you plan out your week #19 and make goals #33!)
33. Make Goals for the Week (or Check-in)
Create a few (manageable) goals for the week that keep you on track.
- Eat dinner as a family 5 nights
- Make 4 smoothies this week
- Be in bed by 10:00
Or use the day to check-in with an ongoing goal. Are you working to lose weight? Perhaps Sundays you weigh yourself, check your progress, reward yourself wisely, or make changes to your strategy.
34. Prep for a Productive Monday
While the main purpose of Sunday is to recharge, you can also rev up for a glorious week by taking a few small actions. Consider doing these to lessen the load:
- Set out your clothes, work stuff, or school stuff
- Prep and put a timer on your Monday morning coffee
- Prep ahead/set out meat to thaw for weeknight dinners
Next, Sundays are a beautiful opportunity to relax and play with those you love. Play fetch with your dog, chase your kids up the stairs, or have a nerf gun fight with your partner. Whatever you do to let your hair down, a good dose of laughter and fun will do wonders for your stress.
Related Post: How to Play More As a Mom
36. Make a Self Care Basket
To really make your self care Sundays exquisite, prepare a kit of items that you use every week. See fun ideas at How to Create a Self Care Box, such as bath supplies, books, magazines, and special snacks.
37. Start a Challenge
Three challenges on this site are good for the soul. Start them during your Sunday self care, or cluster the activities into one day.
38. Do Good for Others
One quick way to enjoy a happiness boost is to do something kind for someone else. Bring a coffee to your friend, donate to a cause, or invite a family over for dinner and you’ll feel the unique joy of giving.
39. Make Something Special
Take the time to pursue a simple pleasure. Bake a food you LOVE or pursue another creative endeavor like drawing or painting. This small bit of inventiveness can open you up to be more creative in your workweek tasks too.
40. Cleanse Your Mind of the Week
Still stuck on whatever happened during the week? Put it down on paper and let it go. Get a free mind dump printable HERE to help.
41. Notice Your Favorite Simple Pleasures
Make a list of your 10 favorite simple pleasures – this master list will help.
Next, resolve to spend time every Sunday luxuriating in them. After all, life’s best memories are often the beautiful in-between moments.
42. Spend Time in the Garden
Connect with the Earth, get your vitamin D, and enjoy light exercise working in a garden or landscaping while your mind wanders.
43. Visit a Farmer’s Market
If your local farmer’s market or vegetable stand is open, hit it up for the sweetest fruit and most delicious vegetables you can find.
44. Go to Bed Early
Next, set your tone for the week ahead by slipping into bed early on Sundays. After spending the day rejuvenating, you’ll be ready for a good sleep to hit the ground running on Monday.
45. Find Beauty & Depth
Above all, leave the daily grind and the superficialness of the online world. Instead, spend this day living life deeply. Surround yourself with beautiful sights, conversation, ideas, people, and food.
If you follow just this idea, you’ll be living on an entirely new level of life.
Tips to Make Sunday Happen
As with anything in life, consistency is the key. Try my self-care planner , or sign up for free printables below to help you make it happen.
My Happy Self Care Sunday Routine
For an example, here’s my favorite way to spend the day!
- Read with a cup of tea
- Enjoy coffee and snuggle in bed with hubby before the kids wake
- Declutter for 30 minutes
- Meal prep 3 salads (I like these for easy stacking)
- Set 2-3 goals for the week
- Take a long walk in nature
- Talk to my sister about those weekly goals
- Have family night
- Prep a few things for Monday, read, and go to bed early
To Consider With Your Self Care Sunday
Self Care Sunday can stretch the whole weekend if you want it to. And honestly, why NOT make it a joy-filled two days instead of one?
Or sprinkle these actions in during the week when you need a break. The sky’s the limit for how you implement this!
Other wellness posts and resources you’ll love…
- The Best Positive Morning Affirmations
- Amazing Gratitude Messages & Quotes
- How to Make a Self-Care Package for New Moms