Self-care Sunday #2: my favorite relaxing rituals

As another week comes to the end, we all look forward to the weekend to get some well-deserved alone time. Whether your week was action-packed or begrudgingly slow, you have the chance to kick back and relax.

But are you using your weekends to their maximum potential? Sunday’s offer a great opportunity for some self-care, but it is recommended to create a routine to utilize your time and maximize your personal care! Self-care rituals do just that, and many self-care fanatics swear by them.

However, when you are just starting out on your ~self-care~ journey, it can be pretty intimidating to establish a routine for yourself. That is why I want to share 5 of my favorite self-care Sunday rituals aimed to relax and please your mind and soul.

Disclaimer: These are what work for me! I highly recommend experimenting and taking the time to find out what works for you. Hopefully, my favorite rituals can help you jump-start your journey!

1. Stay off the socials

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Everyone always says “stay off social media to take care of yourself!!” I personally always thought that was a bit over the top, as many teenagers do when anyone tells them that social media is the reason for this or that. However, I started to appreciate my time off of social media when I got in big trouble at the end of my 8th-grade year and had my phone taken away for about a month or so. I also had deleted my main Instagram page a while back for some other reasons and only had my backup second page to browse through posts. I genuinely felt less inclined to go on my phone, and I spent other time doing things like studying or playing video games.

What I do on my “self-care” Sunday is not a complete blackout of all of my electronics. Instead, I just delete my social media apps for the day or turn off my phone completely to avoid the apps that keep me mindlessly scrolling for hours. I still go on my computer, I still watch Netflix and Youtube videos, listen to music. Just getting rid of the distraction of social media itself is a big help for me in focusing my attention on taking care of myself.

2. Personal hygiene time

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On Sunday’s, I love to take a long time to give my body a good detox and a thorough cleaning. Here is a quick rundown of my personal ritual step by step:

  1. Hair/Face mask: before I take a bath or shower, I always do either a face or hair mask. I love to do this Freeman clay face mask if I am taking a bath, or apply this hair mask before my shower.
  2. Shower/Bath: If I need a bit more relaxation than usual, I like to take a bath. I always use Dr. Teal’s Epsom salt to soak in to really maximize my time in the bathtub. When I am not taking a bath, I like to take a long shower. I always get my playlist prepared beforehand.
  3. Wash my hair: I only ever really do a hair mask when I remember to. When I don’t, I love to shampoo and condition my hair with the OGX Coconut Curl hair line. These are the best hair products for my curls, and I’ve never used any other shampoo or conditioner that helped my hair in this way. I typically shampoo my hair, let it sit for 30 seconds, rinse it out and leave my conditioner in until the end of my shower.
  4. Skincare: I use the hot water from my shower to rinse my face and open my pores for my cleanser. Then I use the Soap & Glory Vitamin C wash to cleanse and follow up with an exfoliator. I typically only use an exfoliator once or twice a week. I love the Acure brightening facial scrub. I leave my exfoliator on during my next step.
  5. Wash my body: Soap and scrub! I love to use a body scrub on Sunday’s to switch it up from my general body wash during the week. I use this Tree Hut one, taking the time to scrub and clean every inch of my body. I then follow up with my body wash to get the areas where I didn’t want a scrub to go.
  6. Rinse away: Time to wash everything off! I wash off my face first, then my body wash and scrub, and my hair last. When I am all done, I switch the water to very cold to close the pores on my face and help reduce frizz in my hair.

3. Running or exercise

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During the week it is always hard to find time to exercise. Sunday’s offer the perfect opportunity to get a good early morning – or afternoon, if you wake up at the same time as me – run in. Running actually offers many health benefits, including releasing endorphins that can make you happier. It’s good for the heart and the head!

I often find a nature trail/walk near my house to go to, or hit the gym up for a high-intensity workout to burn off all the calories from the week. Whether you want a relaxing bit of exercise, or get your blood pumping, running and exercise is a great solution and thing to do on your self-care Sunday’s.

4. Movie time!

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A new staple in many self-care Sunday rituals around the world since the invention of film – movies! Watching movies are often a peaceful time for many, depending on which movie you watch, but almost always provides a good time with friends, family, or just for you if you’re one of the lone wolves of the world. Watching movies has become even more common with the introduction of streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu, or just a YouTube deep dive of conspiracy and true crime videos.

Movies are a perfect addition to your self-care Sunday ritual if you just want to kick back, relax and enjoy your day. You can watch the newest movie available on Netflix, or finally watch that movie that everyone has been raving about. My favorite movie to watch is any one of the Harry Potter movies, as they make me super happy and transport me to another universe.

Beware! Try to avoid watching TV shows unless you have strong self-control, or you might end up binging a whole season until 1 AM and you realize you have work tomorrow. (Too many times)

5. Read a book

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I love the feeling of sitting down and reading a good book. No better time to catch up on weekly reading than Sunday’s! Just like exercise, it can be hard to balance life in all aspects, and even harder to find time to sit down and read without neglecting other responsibilities. That’s why reading is such a good activity for Sunday’s, when you have all the time in the world!

Regardless if its sunny or raining, hot or cold, paper or digital – books are always a good option. They can transport you to other universes, leave you on the edge of your seat, or make you cry like a baby. There’s nothing better! I love re-reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas in my free time. Best series ever!

Thanks for reading my recommendations for self-care Sunday rituals! Hopefully, these activities can help you de-stress and take care of yourself, physically and mentally. They have definitely helped me, so I hope they help you!

– Anj ♡

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