A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.
Take a moment and think about the week you just had, was it exhausting? or perhaps it was a good week for you. Whatever your scenario is, Sundays are a perfect day to reflect, reset and rejuvenate for another great week ahead.
If there is something we’re all good at, it is the ability to quickly compromise our own self needs and prioritise other commitments. Continually doing this will obviously lead to stress, overwhelm and eventually burn-out.
Ideally we should practice a form of self-care every day, however it is no hidden secret that a lot of us have work and family commitments that consumes most of our day. It is on days like this when that little voice in our head that will tell us ‘you don’t have time to do that for yourself!’, and sadly we listen to that more times than we should. That being said, I encourage you to make Sunday a non-negotiable commitment to doing at least one thing that nurtures your body, mind, and soul. Whether it is taking a brief moment to stop, breathe and clear your mind of unnecessary stress or worry , or maybe it is treating yourself to a massage, or even something free like sitting in nature and simply taking in the surroundings. Whatever it is, really embrace that time to connect with your inner-self, clear your mind and just be present in that moment.
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.
I was introduced to the Self-Care Sunday revolution by the beautiful Melissa Ambrosini, named a ‘Self-Help Guru’ by Elle Magazine and best-selling author of ‘Mastering Your Mean Girl’. I came across her book randomly two years ago and I am so glad I did. It gave me real insight on how I viewed my own self-worth, ultimately I became aware of the sad fact that I lacked a lot of self-love. I learnt this was unintentionally driven by fear-based beliefs that I developed over the years from a young age which has slowly hindered my ability to let the spark I subconsciously knew I had within me to shine. Once you are gifted with these self-realisations, your only direction is forward and really you’re given an opportunity to grow. With that, I can highly recommend the book mentioned above and her latest book ‘Open Wide’. It’s also worth mentioning she uploads FREE weekly podcasts discussing a wide array of topics spoken by known and upcoming thought leaders, health and lifestyle coaches who inspire others to shift their mindset – Click here for the link.
So, have you thought about what you’re going to do for Self-Care Sunday yet? This morning I meditated and went for a small hike with my beautiful cousin and enjoyed the lookout. If you’re having trouble thinking of something to do, below is Melissa’s 50 Self-Care Sunday ideas that will certainly help, take note of no. 39… it looks interesting :).
I hope you have a great Self-Care Sunday and find ways to take care of yourself every day thereafter…you deserve it.
It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary – Mandy Hale