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In the world of personal finance, it’s easy to get caught up with conversations about debt and money, bills and spreadsheets, side hustles and income. We often forget how incredibly important it is to take a step back from all of those things and just focus on ourselves. That’s why I decided to implement self-care Sunday, in my personal life and in my Instagram feed. I think it’s important to remind each other (and ourselves) how vital self-care is.
Why is Self-Care Important?
I know, I know. Everyone is talking about self-care right now. But why? What is this self-care that everyone is talking about, and why is it important?
Self-Care is taking time out for you to take care of yourself. In our busy, high-paced lives, we’re always doing something – whether that means working, taking care of someone, running errands, or even hustling. Our lives are incredibly demanding – it’s never ending!
And that’s why taking a step back to take care of ourselves is so vital. I know what you’re thinking – that sounds selfish! And yes, we may have been taught to believe that taking a moment for ourselves is selfish, but that just isn’t true. We can’t take care of others if we burn out.
What is Self-Care Sunday?
So that brings us to Self-Care Sunday. Yes, taking care of yourself is so incredibly important that we’re dedicating an entire day to it!
It’s not that you shouldn’t be practicing self-care every day. You absolutely should be, when you can. The point of self-care Sunday isn’t to say that’s the only day you can take care of yourself! Instead, it’s saying, “hey this is super important. Make sure you remember to do this, at least on this one day, and more often if you can.”
How Can I have Self Care on Sunday?
Instituting a self-care Sunday may seem out of reach to you. I get it – even if you aren’t working (obviously not everyone even has Sundays off!), there’s always a ton of stuff to do. You don’t have to dedicate the entire day to self-care.
You can start with finding just 10 minutes to eek out for yourself. Give the kids an activity that will keep them occupied – or even institute family self-care time (why not teach them at an early age that taking care of yourself is important?). Let the chores wait – they aren’t going anywhere anyway. Even the busiest among us can find 10 minutes one day a week.
After you make the 10 minutes a habit, work on expanding it. Take 20 minutes the next week, and see if you can build up an hour. You’ll be amazed at how much better your feel, and how much more you can actually accomplish for your family.
What are Some Self Care Sunday Ideas?
I know – this is what you’ve been waiting for. What can you do to institute self-care Sundays into your life? And I get that some of us are super busy – so it’s broken down into things you can do if you only have 10 minutes, if you have 30 minutes, and if you have more time for self-care.
If you Only Have 10 Minutes
Go for a Walk
It’s amazing how refreshing a five-minute walk can be. Simply being outside is enough to give us a tiny little boost. Getting the blood flowing with a bit of exercise is an added bonus.
It doesn’t have to be a long walk. I’ve found that a quick stroll around the block works wonders to get me feeling refreshed and refocused. Give it a try!
Try Deep Breathing
Taking a few minutes to focus on deep breathing is an excellent way to ground yourself. Maybe 10 minutes isn’t quite enough for a full-on mediation session, but taking some time to concentrate on your breathing, and take in full, deep breaths, will do wonders for your mental health.
Start by closing your eyes, and taking a full deep breath in. Slowly exhale, completely emptying your lungs. Repeat this action for a few minutes, and I guarantee you will feel at least a tiny bit better.
Another quick way to get some self-care in is to stretch. Stand up and reach for the sky! Then, try to touch your toes. Stretch out your back and your arms. It will give you a tiny boost of energy, and it’s good for the muscles too!
Journaling is a great way to let all of your thoughts flow out of you. Sometimes we don’t even realize that we are holding things in until we start writing them down. And, the great thing is that you can do this even with a limited amount of time. It’s an easy way to incorporate a self-care Sunday ritual into your daily life.
If You Have 30 Minutes
Read a Book
Obviously, you aren’t going to be able to read a full book in 30 minutes. But, that’s more than enough time to pick up a book and read a chapter or two. I have a giant reading list of books that I want to read, and it’s been so difficult for me to find a few spare hours to read them. But, when I realized that I don’t need to read through an entire book in one sitting (rocket science, I know) I miraculously started reading more books. Thirty minutes every day is more than enough to get through a book a week.
Thirty minutes is definitely enough time for a productive meditation session. When you’re mediating for self-care, it’s best to focus on Zen meditation. This method of meditating is all about clearing your mind and letting go of all your stress and worries. Spotify has some great options for Zen meditation, but you can also buy some digital downloads on Amazon.
Go for a Jog
Exercise is one of the best things you can do for self-care. I know, it’s hard, and it hurts, but it has tons of benefits. The most obvious one is the physical health benefits – burning calories, weight loss, healthy heart, all that jazz. But it has immense mental benefits as well. Working out releases endorphins, feel good hormones that will help your mental state throughout the day.
There’s a reason Adult Coloring Books are all the rage. Coloring is a great way to tune out the world and focus on something non-consequential. It may seem mundane, but you’re really giving your brain a break from all the stress and worry. I have a Buffy the Vampire Slayer adult coloring book, and I love it. I pull that bad boy out whenever I’ve had a rough day, and after about 20 minutes of coloring, the anxiety just melts away.
If you Have Longer
Take a Bath
A bubble bath is the quintessential self-care Sunday idea. The luxurious appeal of a warm, fragrant bubble bath can’t be overstated. It’s indulgent, relaxing, and the perfect way to unwind after a long week.
It takes me nearly 15 minutes to draw a bath to my liking, and then I want to soak for at least 15 minutes, if not more. It’s not as relaxing if you feel like you have to rush through it.
Go for a Hike
Hiking is so much better than walks around your neighborhood or jogs. It combines the getting outside and exercising portion of both of those with being out in nature! How can you beat that?
Hiking is honestly my favorite thing to do for self care. But it’s been hard to do lately because it’s been cold and rainy outside. Some people enjoy hikes in the cold, but I’d much rather be comfortable.
Watch a Guilty Pleasure Movie/Show
Yes, self-care can mean watching tv. It can mean indulging in a movie or tv show that you actually want to see, or something that’s just mindless entertainment. Sometimes self-care means taking the opportunity to check out, if only for a few hours.
My favorite way to unwind and destress is with my good old trust Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I can rewatch my favorite show over and over again, and it never gets old. Also, there’s an episode for every mood. If I want to laugh, I turn on Intervention. If I want to cry, I’ll opt for Passion (or Homecoming, if I want happy tears). Sometimes falling into a fictional world is a great release from everything we have going on in this world.
More Self Care Sunday Ideas
There are thousands of self-care ideas out there. It doesn’t matter which one (or ones!) that you pick, what matters is that you make time for yourself.
What is your favorite Self-Care Sunday idea? Let us know in the comments!
Melanie launched Partners in Fire in 2017 to document her quest for financial independence with a mix of finance, fun, and solving the world’s problems. She’s self educated in personal finance and passionate about fighting systematic problems that prevent others from achieving their own financial goals. She also loves travel, anthropology, gaming and her cats.