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Self-care Sundays - It's A Thing!

Written by thesistahoodau  in collaboration with Alex Cerball.


I don’t know if you’ve heard of this term before?  But it’s a definite THING!

“Self-care Sunday” Google it, Instagram it, FB it, Tweet it. It’s EVERYWHERE!

How come I had never heard of IT before? Who thought of it? And why wasn’t I on board this luxury train long before now?



Okay! So the pic above is NOT exactly how we recommend prepping for self-care every Sunday, but IT IS a little bit funny! While you may choose to have a glass or two to relax and unwind, please don't turn to alcohol to try to drown your sorrows in times of stress, it is definitely NOT recommended.

Self-care is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health, wellbeing and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. 

One woman put it even more succinctly by explaining that “It is anything that you do with intention to take care of your physical, mental, and emotional health.” 

But the practise of self-care can mean different things for different people. For example: It could be walking by the beach every day and enjoying nature, or catching up with your bff for brunch or writing in a gratitude journal every night…

For me, there is nothing more blissful on a Friday night, than a relaxing soak in the bath with some luxurious mineral body soaks thrown in for good measure. Don’t forget a glass of wine (or a good ‘ole G ‘n’ T), a ‘getaway-from-it-all’ movie playing or a good book, some candles and ‘wah-la’ I AM IN HEAVEN! (See below for a bath soak I personally love!)

The article below is written by our friend and reporter Alex Cerball.  In it, she outlines 13 incredibly easy self-care rituals you can incorporate into your routine to "fill your cup, recharge your batteries" and give back to yourself. 

Check out more from Alex HERE

13 Self-Care Sunday Ideas To Set The Tone For An Amazing Week

By Alejandra Cerball.

Self-care helps us find balance in life and work, especially when things seem like they’re getting out of control. This year has forced many of us to slow down, spend more time at home, and pause and reflect. Need a new Sunday routine to help you prepare for the week ahead? Use these self-care Sunday ideas to recharge for the week. 

Feeling Zoom burnout? Imposter syndrome or negative thoughts creeping in? Ready to disconnect and unplug from all the noise? 

While you don’t have to dedicate an entire day to practice self-care, find moments in your day to day to do something for your mental health. Treat yourself. Take care of your mind and body. 

In this post, we’ll dive into how to practice self-care daily, inspiration to help you reset, and ideas to boost productivity. 

sel-care ideas

1. Start a gratitude journal.  

Journaling is a great way to keep track of your thoughts, goals, and anything that inspires. Wondering what to write in a gratitude journal? Anything that makes you feel good or grateful for the day. Make a list of three things that you’re thankful for. If you feel a sudden burst of inspiration, share your thoughts in your favorite notebook. Make it a habit to write something down as soon as you wake up or right before you sleep. The next time you’re in a funk, feeling down or not feeling 100%, reach for your gratitude journal and read what’s already written to give you an instant smile. 

The Guided Gratitude Journal above is fantastic, filled with prompts and ideas to get you started!

2. Create a luxe at-home day spa experience.  

You don’t have to spend a fortune on an expensive massage or a ½ day at the spa. Stock up on your favourite bath soaks, candles, and essential oils to help you unwind. Schedule a detox after a tough day at work, or whenever you need an escape. Light some candles, set the mood, and soak your worries away. Depending on which essential oils you use, they can give you an energy boost or help you feel calmer. I love adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to a spritz bottle for an instant refresh. You can also add some peppermint or eucalyptus to your shower to bring self-care back into your life.

3. Move your body.  

This is one of my favorite self-care Sunday ideas. Take a break from what you’re doing and get outside to breathe some fresh air. If you’ve been working on your computer all day or vegging out at home, move your body for at least 30 minutes to recharge. You don’t have to take a yoga class to enjoy the benefits of this form of self-care. Unroll your yoga mat at home and stretch your body before or after a long day. Meditation is also an excellent way to clear your mind. Start with a few minutes a day until you find what works for you. Set an intention, unplug your phone, and add exercise to your self-care Sunday routine. 


dream vacation

4. Plan your next dream vacation.  

Just because you can’t travel now doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your next dream getaway. Create a dream board on Pinterest of locations you’d like to visit. Get some inspiration for places to stay, things to do, and top things to eat. You might even find a deal so good it’s hard to pass up. If traveling abroad isn’t in the cards, book an Airbnb, and plan a staycation. Who wouldn’t love staying in a luxury cabin or nature retreat to get away from it all? 

Book Your Next Stay on Airbnb – Click here to search for your next dream vacation rental.

5. Treat yourself. 

If you can’t get to the salon today, pamper yourself at home. While you may not want to cut your own hair, you can try simple beauty treatments like hair masks, face masks, and mani/pedis.

Give your skin a little TLC with an at-home facial. 

  • Cleanse your skin to remove any makeup, oils, and dead skin cells. 
  • Exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub. 
  • Stock up on face masks to give your skin an instant boost. 
  • Hydrate with your favorite moisturizer. 

6. Have a busy schedule? Meal prep to save time. 

Healthy food choices impact how you feel. If you’re struggling to find time to get everything done, carve some time into your schedule on Sunday to meal prep for the week. You’ll have lunch or dinner, ready to go. Not only will you save time during the week, but you’ll also save money by not eating out or ordering any takeaway. 

Need inspiration for what to make? Try these recipes

7. Get inspired to try something new. 

Sometimes the same routine can get a bit stale. Switch things up by doing something new. Plan a fun date night with your partner, prepare a fresh meal, or learn a new skill online. Make a list of hobbies that you’ve wanted to pick up. Get inspired for the week by investing in yourself. 

Here are some ideas for fun, creative, and new at-home date night experiences

Productivity Hacks: Try These Self-care Sunday Ideas

sunday routine

8. Create actionable goals for the week.  

Sunday is a good time for a restart. Don’t wait until the end of the year to visualize what you want to accomplish. Use every week as a chance to get organized and set yourself up for success. I add tasks to my to-do list the night before so I know what I need to get accomplished the next morning. Whether it’s content for a client, a new post for this blog, or my newsletter, I know exactly where to focus my attention as soon as I wake up. I use Asana to keep track of my to-do list. 

9. Clear any clutter to avoid distractions.   

If you’re searching for ways to connect with yourself, start at home. Get rid of things you don’t need, or donate anything you no longer use. It’s a great way to give your home office or closet a refresh. It could help boost your creativity and productivity, and you might find something new to wear that was tucked away in the back of your closet. Create a cozy space in your home, so you feel comfortable unwinding and de-stressing when you need to.  

10. Make a list of things hindering your growth. 

Hello, social media. I see you! Jot down a list of apps or things you’re doing that stop you from reaching your goals. I’ve deleted certain apps on my phone that were sucking up my time and stealing my productive energy. Writing these things down helped me come face to face with the things that prevented me from growing my business. 

11. Be proactive about your goals. 

If you’re feeling unmotivated at work, elevate your career skills. If you’re unhappy in your 9 to 5, that can take a toll on your mood and well-being. Take steps to make yourself more marketable. Plan a meeting with your boss to discuss room for growth. Visualize what your dream career looks like, and create an actionable plan to help you get there. 

12. Rest and get to bed early.  

If you’re burning the candle at both ends, it will take a toll on your mind and your body. Burnout is a real thing and can happen when you’re not focusing on your needs. Skip the late-night TV binge sessions of your favorite shows, and hit the sack early. Get enough sleep, so you don’t feel sluggish in the morning. Wake up at a similar time to reset your internal clock. Sleep impacts your psychological health, metabolism, cardiovascular health, and the immune system.

13 Practice saying no.  

Do you find yourself saying yes to everything? Are you looking at every opportunity that comes your way as a move in the right direction? While you might think doing a favor for someone you know or doing something for free to further your career might help you grow – it might actually be getting in the way of your true goals. Practice saying no. I repeat. Practice saying no. Sometimes, opportunities seem like they’re too good to pass up, but in reality, they can soak up your valuable time and keep you from actually doing what you want to do. Set boundaries and stick to your gameplan. 

Conclusion: Self-care routine 

Self-care is all about taking care of your mental, emotional, and physical health. Stretch your body, meditate, or do something that helps you stay balanced. Share your highs and lows in your journal. Disconnect if you need a break and invest in leveling up your skills.  

If you don’t have time on Sunday, pick one day out of the week to start incorporating self-care activities into your schedule. Here’s the complete list if you need some inspiration.

Self-care Sunday Ideas Checklist 

  1. Start a gratitude journal. 
  2. Create a luxe at-home day spa experience.  
  3. Move your body.  
  4. Plan your next dream vacation.  
  5. Treat yourself. 
  6. Have a busy schedule? Meal prep to save time. 
  7. Get inspired to try something new. 

Self-care Ideas to Increase Productivity

  1. Create actionable goals for the week.  
  2. Clear any clutter to avoid distractions.   
  3. Make a list of things hindering your growth. 
  4. Be proactive about your goals. 
  5. Rest and get to bed early.  
  6. Practice saying no. 

What are your favorite self-care Sunday ideas? Let us know in the comments. 


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