Hi friends! Welcome back to Riding the Wave.
I hope everyone is well and safe.
And happy Self-care Sun-yayy! <3
I always get extremely excited for Sunday’s because today is all about taking a little bit of extra time to check in with my mind, body, and soul 😊
Let’s do this!
So why Sunday Emily?
Well I’ll tell ya
I started ‘Self-care Sun-yayy’ during the first lockdown last year.
I was so bored at home and every Sunday I would just lounge around the house and waste the whole day doing nothing. Whilst that is good.
And all I do in lockdown anyway haha
Because I was so bored, I started spiralling.
I am a classic overthinker, and if I have nothing to do for some reason my mind will start to wonder.
So, on one hand, I wanted to keep busy to stop myself from spiralling, but, on the other hand, I was depressed and struggled to find the energy to get out of bed.
And one morning, I woke up really early and couldn’t get back to sleep.
That is strange for me, not gonna lie I love to sleep!
I was just lying there, staring at the ceiling with my boyfriend snoring in my ear and I was like ‘okay, I’m up!’
I got up, went to the bathroom, and whilst I was in the bathroom, I decided to have a soak in the bath.
You know it was quiet, no one else was awake, the sun was shining, and the birds were singing, it just seemed like the perfect morning.
I had not felt so at peace in months!
It felt like all my stress and anxiety were just melting into the water.
Afterward, I genuinely thought I had cured my depression by taking a bath.
I decided there and then that I would do this every Sunday.
I literally felt like I created Selfcare Sundays haha!
What do you do on Selfcare Sun-yay?
Whatever the f**k I want! lol
Okay, so I am a girl that loves a plan!
Planning out what I am going to do is like a safety blanket for me, it just makes me feel calm.
I will always have a loose plan in my head of what my Selfcare Sun-yay is going to be like each week.
For example, if I have had an anxious week and been getting lots of intrusive thoughts, I will spend a vast majority of my Sunday cleaning, because I feel like I am cleaning away all of my anxious energy ready for the new week.
So, even though my Selfcare Sun-yay routine varies from week to week.
I will always make sure that I spend a little bit of time to take care of,
- My body
- My mind
- My soul
So, to take care of my body, I do the classics.
I have a long hot soak in the bath with all the added extras! I am talking bath salts, candles, bubble bath, and a bath bomb!
And I love putting on a hair mask.
Then when I am done in the bath, I do my skincare, which makes me feel soooo good afterward!
If I feel a bit more energetic, I’ll do a little bit of yoga!
I love the YouTuber Yoga with Adreian, she does so many different yoga practices (even 30-day practices that I never complete)
I particularly love her bedtime yoga practices! It really helps me have a good night’s sleep!
I feel like self-care for the body is kind of self-explanatory, I basically just have a pamper day!
Self-care for the mind is the hardest one for me.
I can’t meditate for sh*t!
I get very distracted when I am trying to meditate, I don’t know what it is about meditation I just struggle so much trying to do it, I can’t sit still long enough!
Maybe I should keep trying…
So, sometimes I will read.
I love fantasy books! I love all the different worlds and characters; I can get lost in it for hours! My imagination just runs wild! I love it!
I will do some journaling as well; I don’t know if anyone else has a bullet journal, but they are amazing! It is so creative, and you can make it all colourful and it’s just so much fun!
Also, Sunday is my writing day.
So, I will do a lot of my blog writing on a Sunday because it’s the day I feel most relaxed.
For me, Self-Care for the soul is just anything that is going to make me happy!
Self-Care things for the soul that make me happy,
- Listening to cheesy music and singing along
- Playing my pink ukulele
- Giving my house plants some attention
- Catching up with my family
I just love doing little things that make me happy.
Obviously, I do things that make me happy every day of the week, but I always like to end the week on a positive note.
And I believe that taking a little bit of time at the end of the week to check in with yourself is so important!
Anyway, I feel like you get the point haha!
So yeah, Self-care Sun-yay’s are the best day of the week!
Taking time to take care of myself feels amazing, I highly recommend trying it!
Have a good Self-care Sun-yay! <3
Dear future em,
Don’t ever stop taking care of yourself!
Love, past em x