I am a bit of a workaholic and typically work straight through the weekends, but I recently starting taking a mandatory relaxation day–ok, sometimes it’s a half day— once a week and it has made a big difference! I find that giving myself time to unwind helps me cope with stress and actually makes me more productive throughout the week.
Now my Sundays are for breakfast in bed, movie marathons, and maybe a DIY a pedicure–but only if I’m feeling ambitious.
Take a peak at a few of my new favorite Sunday essentials if you too understand the plight of the never-ending to do list (dramatic sigh!) and have yourself an epic relaxation-fest this weekend!
1. Get comfy! It is REQUIRED that a day off be spent wearing something stretchy and snuggly. If you must leave the house, leggings and minimal makeup are permitted (but highly discouraged– PJs for the win!)
Note: I recently discovered that what I wear around the house majorly affects my mood. Wearing something with stains , holes, and remnants of powdered cheese after a Cheeto-fest, makes me feel like I’m just being gross and lazy. Whereas lounging around in a cute sweatshirt, comfy– but hole-less–leggings and fuzzy socks is just as comfortable but feels much better. It changes the vibe from “Ugh I’m so lazy, I’ve done nothing all day” to “Today was so relaxing! —-> I found this Net-flix-ing sweater on Etsy and at less than $18 and it might just become my weekend uniform.
2. Thou shall not work! Instead watch lots of YouTube videos and catch up on all of your favorite shows.
3. Put your phone away! Proper Sunday luxuriating requires that you not be bothered by anyone. This is a time for you to clear your head, relax, and hibernate a little, so silence the beast!
4. Pamper Simply put, face masks are a must on a lazy Sunday. One of my go-to detoxifying masks is this Aztec clay and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar mask. I’ve mentioned it in a lot of my videos because it has been in my Sunday Pamper Night routine for roughly a bazillion years.
5. Fuzzy socks are a must. These are my favorite brand. They are the softest.socks.everrrr!!
6. Cuddle Touching something soft– like petting a dog or snuggling up with a cozy blanket–can help ease stress and anxiety. I became more mindful of this relaxation technique while taking an early childhood development class in college. We learned methods used to teach young children to self-soothe because stress can be detrimental to their development. I found it interesting that there was such an emphasis on a child’s ability to self-soothe as a health concern but as adults, relaxing is more commonly thought of as a luxury. The way I see it, a little stress can be useful–deadlines can be a writer’s best friend–but excessive amounts are unpleasant and more importantly, unhealthy. So whether you’re snuggled up with a loved one or just curled up on the couch with your cat, take some time to cuddle and really be in the moment. Relax and enjoy a few minutes of peacefulness sans phones, laptops, or TV.
7. Journal I used to dismiss the act of journaling whenever someone would recommend it for many reasons (I’m a writer and already write a lot / I’m an introspective person, I don’t need to write to “unlock” my feelings) but that recently changed after finding something I wrote when I was 18. I had just moved to Los Angeles and was falling crazy in love with someone who would become my boyfriend for several years. Even though I no longer live in LA and that relationship has long since ended, reading about that time made me so grateful for my life. It helped me realize how blessed I’ve been and how much I’ve changed and grown over the years. I now keep a Weekly Reflections Journal so that years from now I will be able to look back on this time in my life and have a similar experience.
—> Weekly journling is much less tedious than writing everyday. So much happens in a week, it’s nice to look back and reflect. It gives me a time to be grateful and feel really connected to the life I’m living right now instead of living in the past or dreaming about the future. I write it on my Notes app and then email it to myself for safe keeping.
8. Drink as Many Cozy, Warm Beverages (in cute mugs) as Your Little Heart Desires
Coffee is an everyday favorite. I’m currently loving this hazelnut roast from Folgers (they’re not usually my favorite brand of coffee, but this particular blend is AMAZING.) After a cup of coffee, I have to switch to decaf because the caffeine triggers my anxiety. Some of my favorite decaf or low-caf drinks are Vanilla Sleepytime Tea and Cafe Escapes Chai Latte.
9. Light a Candle in a Scent That Makes You Happy! Candles are my jam. Even just lighting one can make a huge difference in the atmosphere and really elevates a cozy night in.