Sunday is a good way to catch up on things that you enjoy. It also helps recharge you before the next day.
What is Self-Care?
It helps improve mood, reduce anxiety and stress.
Some people tend to think that self-care is the act of “selfishness”. If you look at it that way, it really isn’t! It’s what is considered our “need” in order to look after ourselves and improve our relationship with others.
Take advantage of this day by focusing on things that help relax your mind and body.
I’ll share with you what I do on my self-care Sunday routine, a few notes to consider when using this list along with the main 101 lists itself.
So grab your cup of coffee or tea and let’s get right into it.
How I use Sunday as my “Self-care day”
I use Sundays and sometimes Mondays off (when I don’t have University or other plans).
You can check out my Wellbeing Routine where I share what I do to take care of myself during the week. But clearly, that really needs an update since I created that post last year!
My self-care routine on a Sunday usually consists of the essentials of “cleaning myself up“.
This includes sleeping in (catch up sleep), taking long warm showers, exercising, yoga, meditation, binge-watching streams (or YouTube videos), plucking those few extra hairs, drinking coffee or tea, playing video games and spending time with family and friends.
There are more things that I do on Sunday to self-care however I won’t list them all.
- 10 Things You Should Add To Your Self Care Bucket List
- 8 Fantastic Holiday Self Care Tips when you’re Stressed
- The Ultimate 30 Day Self Care Challenge for Beginners
Notes Before You Get Into The Self-care Sunday Activities List
There are a few things I would like to remind you before you get overwhelmed with the list.
- You don’t HAVE to do EVERYTHING on this list. This list is just to give you ideas for your own self-care Sunday routine.
- You do NOT have to force yourself to do things that you don’t want to do on this list. If something isn’t right for you that makes you unhappy or stress, please remove them from your routine and try something else. Everyone works differently.
- There are a few things on this list for your health benefit (such as sleep, eating healthy or stretching) but these things on the list are just a reminder to also take care of yourself every other day.
- Lastly, you can also use this list as your daily self-care checklist if you have a lot of spare time on your hands.
101 Sunday Self-care Activities List
Btw! Don’t forget to share this infographic below!
- Drink water – it doesn’t have to be normal plain water. You can infuse your water with fruits.
- Put on a face-mask
- Drink tea or coffee in the morning – if you’re not a morning person, a cuppa of caffeine can help you stay awake throughout the day. Like right now, I’ve only had 5 hours of sleep (yes thanks to my screwed up sleep schedule) but coffee really boosts my awareness.
- Yoga – you can find tons of Yoga meditation for beginners on Pinterest, YouTube (Yoga with Adriene is one of my go-to), Yoga apps and Instagram. I created a secret Pinterest board filled with beginner-friendly yoga poses.
- Guided-Meditation – there are plenty of guided meditation apps along with videos on YouTube. Here’s a playlist from Goodful if you want something quick and easy. You can check out more through my list of 8 self-care apps.
- Go for a walk
- Take a shower
- Or a warm bubble bath
- Create a gratitude list – I like to do this when I’m writing in my physical journal before bed or using the Notion or Youper app when I want to write quick gratitude.
- Write in a journal – I’ve gotten back to journaling before the pandemic happened and it really has made me less stress. Brain-dumping releases all problems down on paper.
- Create a bullet journal
- Take a nap
- Or a good sleep – A good sleep is really important for your mood and energy. I haven’t been sleeping well lately so I guess that’s the reason why I’m always in an irritated mood.
- Binge Netflix or TV shows – more in-depth on these in my Quarantine post. If you want something quick to watch, here’s a list of chick flicks.
- Watch streams on Twitch or YouTube – if you have nothing to check out on YouTube, check out my list of top 13 YouTube creators to watch.
- DIY your home décor
- DIY garden projects – such as creating your own clay pots for your plants or adding in your creative touch to make your garden stunning!
- Read – you can get free bargain books at BookBub or go on OpenLibrary to borrow online eBooks from your local library.
- Listen to music
- Call a friend or family
- Go to the park – but keep the social distancing!
- And have a picnic
- Create YouTube videos or Tiktoks – warning!!! Tiktok is so addicting and can ruin your sleep schedule.
- Go on Tiktok’s “For You” page
- Video chat with your mates
- Declutter your house
- Organise your room or/& closet
- Try different makeup looks – you can look up on YesStyle for beauty products in South Korea. I bought my lip tints and skincare from there during the lockdown.
- Start your own runway by trying on different outfits
- Write a letter to your past or future self
- Take a drive
- Make a delicious smoothie – “You should make the strawberry smoothie, it’s amazing”.
- Cook something delicious – I recommend cooking something related to your culture. For me, I’ve been very fascinated with cooking Vietnamese food.
- Bake something sweet – I highly recommend baking banana bread or carrot bread. If you’re a big fan of chocolate, try making brownies or choco-chip cookies.
- Do your nails
- Take care of your succulents – tip: to know when to water your succulents, poke one finger in the soil. If it’s dry, that means it is time for you to water your plant. If it’s still moist, then you don’t have to water it.
- Play video games – I’ve been addicted to playing Minecraft on my computer lately.
If you have a Nintendo Switch, I recommend these games: Animal Crossing – New Horizons, Super Smash Bros. – Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 – Deluxe or any Pokémon games.
- Do a puzzle
- Or a 1000-pieces jigsaw puzzle
- Go on a short trip
- Go on a hike
- Spend time with your pets
- Social media detox – unfollow people that don’t inspire you.
- Online shopping – This could be doing your grocery shopping or shop for something that’s on sale (a lot of stores atm are holding a 50% off sale). You can use the Honey extension to get discounts off online shopping.
- Watch the sunrise or/& sunset
- Look at the stars at night
- Get involved with the community – you can donate to help a cause or give to charity by giving away things you don’t need.
- Treat yourself – with a fancy dinner, buying yourself a small inexpensive gift or beautiful flowers.
- Build a DIY project
- Play around with your hair – if you haven’t had a haircut in a while, try getting a family member to cut your hair or even have a new look by dying your hair in a different colour.
- Start planning your to-do list – with a physical planner.
- Create a complimentary list for yourself – make a list of things that make you appreciate you for you.
- Take 5 deep breathes for every 2 hours – if you’re working from home, for every break you have, close your eyes and take 5 deep breathes. It helps you move your mind off your work and reduces stress.
- Disconnect yourself from technology – I made a post on taking a week off social media along with why social media comparison is not good for your health.
- Chill in the sun
- Learn a new skill – this could be learning a new language or a new musical instrument.
- Do online courses that take your interest – check out my recent review on Coursera (an online course/MOOCs) which share my experience along with some questions about accredited certificates.
- Practice mindfulness – and while guided-meditation can be included, mindfulness is just sitting down, closing your eyes and being aware of your surroundings.
- Brain dump all things you need to rant about – and whenever something “juicy” comes up randomly in my mind, I like to text my friend a long paragraph on it.
- Create a “memory” scrapbook for all things precious to you – Instead of a scrapbook, I made a memory board which is just a bullet board of all my favourite memories of 2019.
- Take photographs – you can take photos from your phone or DSLR camera. If you’re new in the photography world, you can do free online courses in photography.
- Declutter your smartphone – read my post here on how to organise your phone.
- Declutter your personal computer – I also made a post on how to organise your desktop as well.
- Organise your music library
- Clean your household
- Communicate with others – through text, social platforms, or call.
- Use Neverthink app – binge-watch random and interesting videos.
- Throw out clothes you don’t wear and donate them
- Get nostalgic! – binge-watch old videos, look through old photos or listen to flashback music.
- Create a bucket-list – things that you want to do.
- Or a negative bucket-list – things that you’ve already done.
- Make your bed – doing this after you get out of bed really helps put your mindset in a motivated mode.
- Light scented candles
- Practice positive affirmations – you can find a bunch of them on Pinterest or you can create your own ones that you value. Check out my Pinterest board where I pin self-help, gratitude and affirmations.
- Moisturise your face
- Do some stretches
- Go swimming
- Clean out your email inbox – you probably have a lot of emails to clear out from your deleted or junk folders.
- Make a spa at home
- Binge TEDTalk videos
- Dance for fun – just pop on some Spotify music and dance on your bed.
- Sing to your heart’s content
- Put on comfy clothes – or stay in your pyjamas.
- Get a massage – have your SO do this or use the massage roller.
- Meal prep your week
- Eat a healthy diet – try out a week of just vegan or keto.
- Craft out your creativity – this could involve sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc.
- Open your window/s for natural light
- Listen to audiobooks
- Or listen to some podcasts – my recommendation to you is “Replay All“.
- Watch documentaries
- Practice saying “no” – your mind telling you to finish off your work? Say no.
- Get out of your comfort zone – this involves trying something you’ve never done before.
- Focus on your hobby – it could be an old hobby or a new one. Something that makes you feel joy.
- Colouring-in books – you can grab my colouring-pages for free here!
- Connect with your old friend/s
- Plan out your week – you can have the entire day scheduling out your week or even month using Google Calendar.
- Book appointments or meetings – that you need to book.
Which of these things on this self-care activities list are you going to add to your routine?
Remember to have fun and find things that you enjoy doing as your “self-care routine”. If you want to check more self-care, you can read more of my past posts below:
- 10 Cheap & Inexpensive Self Care Ideas Anyone Can Do
- 10 Things You Should Add To Your Self Care Bucket List
- The Ultimate 30 Day Self Care Challenge for Beginners
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