What pops up in your mind when talking about “Self-care Sunday”? So many people (mostly women) post pretty pictures in a bubble bath, skincare, or other indulgence consumption to pamper themselves.
Self-care Sunday is a day when you devote your time to nourish yourself. To rejuvenate. To heal. To relieve stress. And the day is sacred.
But before we continue, I want to emphasize that you don’t need to always buy something to have a self-care day. That’s a myth you need to eradicate. It’s just upsetting to find out the expensive products don’t work to make you feel better.
I believe that true self-care should nourish your mind, body, and soul. And you deserve to have it.
On the other hand, it’s okay to pamper yourself with a massage or bath salts. As long as you purchase it mindfully, it’s always okay (and as long as it doesn’t hurt your wallet). As a finance worker, I am all about a mindful and intentional purchase!
Also, you can do your self-care routine on your daily basis or once a week on Sunday. Well, if you can do it on another day, it’s okay too! You have it on Tuesday, Friday, or Monday (but I think it’s rare!).
Why you need Self-care Sunday
Life is not all about productivity
Currently, we live in a fast-paced culture where everyone seems always to move and do something. Even on the weekend! So many contents promote “how to have a productive weekend” or “side hustle ideas to do in your free time”.
I think I have enough to read on all-time productivity tips post. Because life is not all about being productive.
Life is about having a balance.
That’s why, for me, self-care is important for our wellbeing. Because it helps to balance our life by taking care of what we need about our mind, body, and soul.
Self-care is non-negotiable
Self-care is investing in your health and your future. For example, you can get a restful sleep, taking yoga, or eating a healthy meal. We all want a healthy life and a promising future. Then, why you should not take care of yourself seriously?
Yes, maybe you’re so busy with life so you can’t make it a priority. However, pretty sure you can spare just 10 minutes of your day or a day from your week. It’s all about commitment.
You are the one who lives your own life. So, when talking about self-care, no one will truly do it for you. You should do your own.
Self-care is about taking time to care for our needs, especially after a hard day or a hard week. So, that’s non-negotiable!
You will learn to love yourself
Self-care and self-love are interconnected. It’s about deeply listening to yourself, you will know yourself better.
Listen to your self-talk. For example, do you really meant it when you call yourself a failure? Or maybe you just tired? Maybe, you need an extra attention of your health because you already got a sleep deprivation.
All you need is a sense of understanding and compassion.
With self-care, you will cultivate compassion and caring the same way you do to the people around you.
After all, you don’t need to be too hard on yourself. The more you do self-care, the more you will love yourself!
You need to give to yourself first before giving to others
You spend your weekdays giving to others, whether it’s working or taking care of your family. But, if you value other people’s needs more than your needs, in the end, you will feel depleted.
You need to know that self-care isn’t selfish. That’s just another myth. Because there is a difference between selfish and taking care of ourselves.
Being selfish is more about doing unimportant things for ourselves. It’s for the sake of fulfilling our wants.
On the other hand, self-care is about taking time to care for our needs, especially after a hard day or a hard week. There is a difference between what we need and what we want.
What you truly need? For me, what I truly need is a balance between work and life, being healthy physically and mentally.
Self-care will restore your energy, so you can help others. You need a break from your colleagues, family, partner, or children to recharge so you can take care of them better. In the end, it will help you nourish your relationships.
You need a reset day to restore your energy
We are not a machine that can be on 24/7. Pushing yourself to do more work can lead you to stress and burned out. As I said in the previous paragraph, life is not all about productivity. We are a human being!
If you are stressed too much, it’s hard to manage your emotions better, especially when facing a difficult situation. That’s why you need a self-care day.
Having one or two days for reset can help you relieve the stress that has been accumulated through weekdays.
For me, one of the natural ways for regulating emotion and relieving stress is to do an exercise. Exercise boosts your endorphine hormone where it produces a good feeling. In WebMD, endorphine also create a good feeling, similar with morphine.
That’s why I like to do an exercise because I don’t need to “consume” anything to feel good. We can create a good feeling only with our body.
I know exercise sounds tiring, but it’s a form of self-care, too. Who said it always have to be easy and pampering? After all, you can rest afterward.
You can do your own self-care Sunday with your favorite activities. Check here for some ideas for your self-care Sunday.
Self-care is non-negotiable for your health and your wellbeing. So, you need to practice it to balance your life. You are the one who will truly take care of yourself. Not your partner, friend, family, or colleagues.
You can do it daily or have a self-care Sunday for sacred and uninterrupted day.
Like any activity, it needs practice, time, and effort. To practice, you can use a planner that will guide you better. The good thing is, I’ve made a free self-care planner for you! You can get the planner here.
Hopefully, this post inspires you to take care of your mind, body, and soul. What do you think about self-care Sunday? I’d love to hear yours in the comment section below.