Self Care Sunday

Ah yes, Sunday. Regardless if you believe it is the first or the last day of the week, Sunday is always a great opportunity to take the time to reflect on what went well over the past week and create your goals for the upcoming week. The work week is over, and the parties of Friday and Saturday have come and gone, so now it’s time to relax. Grab a cup of NŌK CHOC to pair with 10 of our favorite ways to focus on ourselves on any given Sunday, go light some candles, put on some nice music, and get to movin’.

10. Go for a Walk

Relaxing outside in the sun is great for your mental and physical health - but do you know what’s even better? Going for a walk in the sun! Or, even if the sun isn’t out and it’s a little chilly, bundle up and hit the nearest walking trail to get yourself out of the house and breathe in a little fresh air. Some exercise and nature never killed anybody, and don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers!


9. Get a Massage

If you really want to pamper yourself, go all out and book a massage with a local massage therapist to relax your whole body. If you’ve been having specific issues or knots in your muscles, this is a great time to ask for some personalized treatment in order to ease some of your pain and discomfort. Massage is also just great for the mind and body in general, proven to help with circulation issues, mental clarity, and back pain.

8. Luxuriate with A Bubble Bath

If you don’t want to go all out and get a massage, you can still find ways to spoil yourself at home. If you are lucky enough to have a bathtub in your home, treat yourself to a DIY luxury spa moment right in your own bathroom. Light some candles, burn some incense, add a few drops of essential oils to the water, throw in some rose petals, and grab a bottle of cheap wine to really top off the experience.

7. Clean the House

We see you rolling your eyes at this one, but let’s be real: we all know how nice it feels to have a clean space, and we often feel so much more motivated and productive when there is less stress in the form of a messy house. You don’t have to do any deep cleaning, but maybe do some laundry, the dishes, put miscellaneous items out of sight, vacuum the floors, and light a candle to give the illusion of a fresh, well-put-together space. Or go all in and purge everything you own to downsize! The possibilities are endless.

6. Call an Old Friend

Or a new one… find someone to talk to! Sundays are great for catching up with everyone, since they probably don’t know what to do with their Sunday either!

5. Spend Time with Family

Speaking of talking to people, don’t leave out your family. Call your mom or dad or sister or grandparents or whoever it is. Have a quality conversation with your significant other, put on a family game night with your kids. Humans are social by nature, and sometimes we get too caught up in our day-to-day lives during the week to really focus on the people we care about.

4. Watch a Movie

Find a nice movie you’ve been wanting to see, or finish catching up on that Netflix series (I know what I’m doing after writing this), listen to a podcast, look up some how-to videos on YouTube, or anything else you’ve been wanting to do during the week but didn’t have time to.

3. Read a Book

One of the best investments you can make for yourself, reading can be a nice and relaxing habit that also builds our knowledge and boosts creativity. Whether you’re into fictional romantic sci-fi genres or self-help books go unwind on the couch with your favorite thing to read.

2. Meditate

After (or before) a long hard week, we often feel like things just flew by, and that we didn’t really get to sit with things and enjoy the present. So, if you have time, take a moment to focus on your breathing and the tenseness in your muscles. You don’t have to do an extensive meditation routine, although that is certainly an option, but just check in on yourself every once in a while, to practice some mindfulness.

1. Write a List of Goals

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to maintain clear and achievable goals. Write down all of the tasks you want to accomplish this week, the next month, year, or even longer-term goals. Don’t forget to think through the smaller steps that will help you get there; those can even be added as mini-goals. This will not only help you stay organized, focused, and narrow your priorities, but it is also such a boost when you get to check or cross off each goal. Include even the simplest things like “pick up mail” or “eat breakfast every day of the week”.

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