The week goes by so fast that by the time you’re able to stop and just breathe, it’s already Sunday. Instead of sitting in place and wondering where all the time went, you should be using this day to pamper yourself and get ready for another busy week ahead. In this day and age, stress is a silent killer. Because we never put ourselves first, it has the opportunity to hinder our mental and physical health. By making just one day a YOU day, you’re countering the negative effects of stress and making sure you live a long and healthy life. You deserve this self-care Sunday.
1. Connect to nature
Taking a walk outside and being among nature can bring serenity back into your life quicker than anything else. In this concrete jungle of today, we rarely have an opportunity to actually enjoy nature and walk among the trees and flowers. Sunday mornings are perfect for exploring the neighborhood hiking trails.
Not only will you get some much-needed exercise, but you’ll also pump your body with clean and fresh oxygen. This is exactly what a tired and overworked mind needs. After all, clean oxygen is the number one way to reach optimal cognitive function. Getting away from your routine life can also reset your system and give you a much-needed break.
2. Read a good book
When was the last time you just sat down and read? That feeling of the world slipping further and further away as a good book pulls you in deeper and deeper. Suddenly, the characters and events are very real and whatever seemed to have been troubling you, isn’t anymore. Whether you choose to reread an old favorite or embark on a new reading adventure, your brain will be more relaxed than it has been all week.
It’s just you, a cup of coffee, and a good book. Everything else can wait on this lovely Sunday afternoon when you’ve finally given yourself a well-deserved break.
3. Get a massage!
The best remedy for an aching body is a good quality massage. At least, this is the advice most Australians give to their fellow hard-workers. There’s nothing better than laying down, letting your worries drift away, and trusting your body in the hands of a professional. A massage is a perfect way to reward your body for all the hard work it’s done during the week.
You’re not even aware of how much stress and tension your shoulders and back retain during the busy week. It’s no wonder then that places like Movement 101 are so popular on weekends, though. Every Aussie knows that the best way to get rid of the aforementioned tension is to book a remedial massage. With this type of massage, the deeper discomfort can easily be reached and taken care of. Each Sunday will be marked as a new beginning for your body.
4. Take a bath
The relaxing power of a bath is seriously underrated. If you want to rejuvenate both your body and mind at the same time, you need to experience the tranquility that only a good bath can bring you. With some homemade salts and a glass of wine, you’ll be ready for an evening on cloud nine. The bubbles will wash all your troubles away and the warm water will give you nothing but good vibes to focus on.
To make this an even better experience, you can set the mood with a few aromatic candles. Playing smooth music in the background is also a very good idea. The atmosphere will be working all of your sense and combining them to bring you to a place of pure serenity.
Balancing your body and mind doesn’t seem like an easy task at all. In truth, it most cases it’s not. This is only because we put so much pressure on our body and mind to do things that we don’t feel physically or mentally capable of doing. By letting yourself be you and relaxing completely, you’re getting closer to that balance instead of farther away. You’ve worked hard all week, and it’s finally time to let your hair down. Don’t feel guilty about using each Sunday on yourself, because you’ve earned it.
About the author: Lena Hemsworth is a lifestyle blogger, foodie, and lover of a good book. She’s also a strong believer in the written word and positive thoughts.
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