Here are some self-care Sunday routine ideas, a Sunday happiness checklist, ideas for your weekend routine! It is often a rarity that we put ourselves first these days and take time to rest. If you manage to do any of these, give yourself a pat on the back!
How do you spend Sundays?
Pampering and nourishing the things around us, our own little spaces and giving to those around us and our surroundings, looking after, curating, caring for and furnishing as giving and tending to is one of surest ways to happiness, if only for a brief moment. It’s also a lovely idea to create a special ritual that you look forward to all week!
Check these off as you try each one!
What do you do on a Sunday morning?
. Give your fridge some loving – all nicely filled and prepared all ready for the week. Taking charge of your food is so much fun, fill the fridge with lots of healthy produce and wash and prepare things that need it. Filling the larder is a centuries old pastime where everything had to be prepared, stocked and stored for days and seasons ahead and it’s such a therapeutic and busy activity. Connecting with your food as much as possible makes it extra satisfying.
. Create a little altar with all the things that make you feel powerful – and take time tending, adding to it, curating it.
. Have fun organizing – schedule in small things that mean a lot, like a visit to your favourite coffee shop or scheduling in eating a big tub of marshmallow fluff!
. Smile on eight occasions throughout the day – even force it if you need to, it is more powerful than you think – smiling more is a great exercise to practise wherever you are!
. Make some Jasmine tea
. Make a little savings jar for silk pillowcases – and romanticise simple restful activities. Craft a weighted blanket yourself to make it easier to sleep better. There are no limits to what you can create, creating a spa atmosphere by freshly painting your walls (add vanilla essence to the paint!), a clean, new, dreamy scent and creating some soft lighting or recreating the feel of a cave or forest with scent and even sound and lighting. Have fun creating the most relaxing space you can imagine in order to feel more restful and make it easier to get enough sleep.
. Listen to Tchaikovsky
. Create a miniature zen garden in your home – find or thrift a shallow plant pot or similar, you can decorate it how you like and simply add some sand you can rake in pretty patterns, it makes a beautiful ornament and is so therapeutic styling it. You could even add some miniature plants or gemstones.
. Change out the pictures in your frames – for a fresh look
. Do something you used to love as a child
. Light a soft vanilla candle
. Eat something with honey
. Stroke a pet – it can be yours or maybe offer to puppy sit for a new dog owner! Or offer to puppy sit them overnight for a pet sleepover!
. Write down things you have tried that made you feel pretty, more confident or maybe less insecure recently
. Dress something in your house up funny – put googly eyes or glasses on an inanimate object for the fun of it, to thrill your visitors, possibly become Miranda Hart and to feel like you’re in Beauty and the Beast!
. Hold a contest with your loved ones
. Prepare some rainy day outfits – for the week ahead, so you’ll get excited whenever it rains!
. Wear socks up to your thighs – and do that spin around the kitchen dance in them
. Arrange a pretty window display
. Go and stargaze – go outside and look at the stars for as long as you like
. Plant some new seeds to look after
. Restore your skin barrier – with an easy kind to skin moisturizer. One of the best ways to take care of, and nourish, our skin is to repair its outer barrier, which will protect it from harsh elements and drying out. It is one of the most important skincare routine components for every skin type, especially oily as the skin can overcompensate and produce more oil in response to a damaged skin barrier. You can find out more here about what you can use to reduce excess shine and keep oil at bay.
. Try three new hairstyles
. Iron, debobble and mend your clothes – show them lots of love
. Plan out some bee garden or veggie garden ideas – or miniature garden ideas in some little trays. Practising growing things on a smaller scale means you will learn so much. Spreading the joy of plants is so much fun!
. Play as a different character – even in the smallest way – from Marie Antoinette to Madame De Pompadour, there are endless stories and glamorous characters from history to play as and imitate!