There are tons of articles and how-to guides on making the most out of our precious Sundays: from changing habits and routines, to how we can mentally prepare ourselves for the week ahead.
Having a Sunday ritual can do wonders for mind and body. And if you´re like me, you have your own way of doing Sundays. This might include going for a walk, escape the real world and indulge in a good read, meet up with friends at a cosy café, or just spend the entire day in bed. Keep reading to find out simple ways you can step up your self-care game this Sunday!
1. Leave the house/apartment
Our brain releases feel-good chemicals (i.e., Serotonin, endorphin, dopamine, and oxytocin) when we excercise and go outside. Science has shown us how, for example, sunlight increases our Serotonin levels which is further converted into melatonin at night. Sleep experts are fully aware of this: it´s the melatonin that winds the body down and enables us to achieve a sleep-ready state. Without it, it would be impossible to achieve the desired relaxed and restful sleep that the body needs.
2. Therapy session: Get lost in music, and
write it all down
I recently discovered that music is in fact a core function in our brain: we are primed to respond to and process music. Perhaps this explains why music taps into our emotions the way that it does. It can make us feel a certain way and acts as a powerful memory cue, making us feel nostalgic. And during moments like these, I also write whatever is on my mind. I get it out of my system, it reduces my stress levels, and helps clarify my thoughts and feelings.
3. Pamper yourself
One of my favourite weekend rituals involves pampering myself. Usually, I go all-in: full pampering in the shower (including body scrub, shower oils, and hair masks), a facial scrub, then sheetmasking. After, I apply my amazing night cream from L´Occitane (Immortelle Precious). I light some candles, put on some relaxing background music, and finish of my pampering routine with a cup of soothing pure chamomile tea, whilst reading a magazine or a book.