Sunday Habits for Cultivating Your Best Life
Ahhh Sundays. They’re bittersweet, right? A full day to look forward to with the unfortunate realization that Monday is just around the corner. Now I get that Mondays aren’t the same for everyone- as someone who use to live a freelance lifestyle, Mondays were like any other day. The point of the matter is to take a day (or a chunk of your day) to yourself so that you can plan, recharge, and take care of yourself so that you can make the most out of days to come. Here are some habits to form that will build your life into a beautifully balanced masterpiece.
Ease into your morning
If you are battling your morning alarm during the week, make Sunday your day to sleep in. If you are an early bird at heart, then just take 10 minutes to sit up, and take in the morning before you get out into your day. This can be done through meditation, putting on your headphones and listening to music that soothes you, or, if you’re ambitious enough to make it to your yoga mat, wake your body up with your favorite flow.
breakfast of champions
What is a Sunday without an amazing brunch? Feed your body, but most importantly feed your soul. Whatever that is for you- treat yourself. Destroy the thought that ‘health’ is only found in healthy food. Let Sunday be a day to thoroughly enjoy the foods, the drinks, the anything that sends your tastebuds to the heavens.
plan, list, journal… or all of the above
Have a lot on your mind? Write it all out. Leave the prioritizing until the very end- when you’re done spilling your thoughts, plans, and things you have to do. Getting it out on paper will leave you less heavy throughout the upcoming week and will give you a clearer vision of what needs to be done. Aside from all of the important ‘to-dos’ make sure that you list things that you’re looking forward to as well. There should always been room in your schedule for things that make you happy.
take time to find inspiration
This can be done in the comfort of your own home, or when you’re out getting your Sunday coffee. I’ve found that mixing music, coffee (or tea), and exploration through magazines, books, museums, or Pinterest fuels my inspiration for the content that I want to post for the week and gives me ideas for projects that I want to work on. Make a mood board, take some pictures, document, document, document all of the things that make you light up inside. When you look back on these things you may just find that you’ve manifested them into your experience. What you look for, you will find. So keep your eyes on the prize.
Prep 🍲🍔🍆🍠🍚🍅 !!!
It isn’t a Sunday without the prep of good food. I know many of you, like me, may dread this idea of sorting out your meals for the week- but I’ve noticed that whenever I do it, I’m always thanking myself for it. Here’s what I do to make it not as time-consuming:
I usually get my groceries this day, so when I get home I keep the things out that I want to put in my meals for the week. I’ve learned that if I don’t prep my food after I bring it home- then I never end up getting around to it. I choose a protein or two that I know will go with anything and I cut and cook that up then store it away. I chop all of my veggies and then store those as well. If you have any quinoa or rice, cook that up as well (you can make so many different meals with these staples). Every morning when I’m getting my things packed, I can just throw something random together (usually a rice bowl or a salad) with ease because everything is already cooked, chopped, and ready. Just throw it in a microwave and bam- you’ve got a not-so-sad desk lunch.
take care of yourself.
I’ve had to teach myself to take it easy on Sundays and ignore the pressure of having to be doing something productive at every moment. If possible, let this day be an exception to the notion that you are now an adult and therefor you must be doing adult-like tasks at every second. Are your plants thirsty? Give them a water. Are you thirsty? Hydrate, honey. You could call it self-care or you could call it the day to do whatever the hell you want for the sake of your mental health and overall well-being. Your body is a vehicle, a temple, your only vessel- you get what I’m saying. Take care of it and it will continue to carry you through your beautiful life.
Go to bed early
The night owl in your may resist this- but trust me, it’s so worth it. Give yourself at least an hour before shutting your eyes to be completely disconnected from social media. Grab a book, meditate, pet your cat, watch some ASMR (I know that this requires connecting to the online world, but this is my only exception), or just do nothing. It’s okay to do nothing and I think a lot of us forget that. Let go of anything that no longer serves you so that you can wake up tomorrow with a fresh perspective.