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Mental Health

9 relaxing ‘self-care Sunday’ ideas to help you recharge ahead of a new week

Are you feeling frazzled at the end of a long week? Or are you worried about everything you’ve got to do over the next seven days? Ahead of the start of World Wellbeing Week tomorrow (21 June), take some time to yourself to relax and unwind with this list of ‘self-care Sunday’ ideas. 

Tomorrow (21 June) marks the start of World Wellbeing Week, a global ‘awareness week’ designed to promote the importance of looking after all aspects of your wellbeing – something that’s never been so important after the challenges of the last year. 

Whether or not you’re a fan of the term ‘self-care’, setting time aside on a regular basis to destress, unwind and look after your mental health is incredibly important.

So, while it’s OK to do some self-care any day or time of the week, have a self-care schedule you stick to is a helpful way to stay on top of it all – and that’s where the concept of self-care Sunday comes in.

Using Sunday as a time to relax and recharge is valuable for a number of reasons. Not only is it a great way to alleviate feelings of Sunday night anxiety, but it can also help you to feel more confident and on top of things going into the week.  

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It’s why the hashtag #SelfCareSunday is so popular online: at the end of the week –  and before you dive straight in to the next one – there truly is nothing better than dedicating some time to yourself.  

With this in mind, and to mark the start of World Wellbeing Week tomorrow, we’ve put together this guide to the best ‘self-care Sunday’ ideas to help you wind down at the end of the week. 

From activities to help you prepare for Monday morning to little things that’ll help you switch off, why not give one (or more) of these ideas a go this weekend. Go on, you deserve it! 

1. Change into your comfiest PJs

Changing into comfy clothes at the end of the day isn’t just an easy way to ‘mark’ the transition into relaxation time, it’s a lovely way to treat yourself at the end of a hard week, too. 

2. Look after your skin

Skincare, but make it extra. Whether you fancy giving yourself a facial massage, slathering on a luxurious face mask or simply applying a few extra products, taking some time to really nurture your skin and focus on the process at hand can help to promote mindfulness (because it requires you to turn your attention towards the present moment) and in turn take your mind off of the events of the week.

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Getting comfy is a surefire way to feel more relaxed.

3. Write to-do lists for the week ahead

If you find yourself worrying about the week ahead, have a go at writing everything down

It may not be the most luxurious form of self-care, but it’s surprisingly effective – having all the stuff you need to remember recorded on paper helps to declutter your mind and leave you feeling more in control. 

4. Ditch your devices

In a period when we’re using our devices more than ever, taking time to switch off at the end of the week is incredibly important.

Not only does it give your eyes a much-needed rest, but it also gives you space to slow down and process everything you’ve taken in over the last week.

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5. Read a travel book

A favourite of Stylist’s senior digital writer Megan Murray, reading a travel book or watching a documentary or film set in a foreign country is a great way to treat yourself to a dose of escapism – something that we’re all in need of at the moment.

6. Try something new

Trying out a new hobby or skill isn’t just a great way to keep yourself entertained – research has shown that learning new things can improve your mental wellbeing by boosting self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as giving you a sense of purpose. 

You could even treat yourself to something like a craft kit and make an evening of it.

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Trying something new is a great way to challenge yourself while still having fun.

7. Do some light exercise

You may not fancy doing a full-on HIIT workout on a Sunday evening, but making time for some light exercise, such as some stretches or yoga, can help to release any physical tension you’re holding in your body from sitting at a desk all week.

8. Have a tidy

It may not be the most exciting form of self-care, but there’s something incredibly satisfying and relaxing about tidying up your space. 

Set yourself up for a good week ahead by getting things in order and having one less item on your to-do list. 

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9. Practise gratitude and reflect

When you’re feeling anxious about the week ahead, it’s all too easy to find your mind consumed by worries about things to come in the future. 

To counteract this, try looking back at the week that’s gone past and reflecting on the good things – both the moments that went right, and the things you were grateful for. 

Not only is it a great way to reframe your thinking to focus on the positive (as humans, we tend to focus on the things that go wrong), but practicing gratitude has been proven to boost mood and help you sleep better, too. 

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