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Introducing #SelfCareSunday

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yogaIf you’re on social media, you may have noticed the #SelfCareSunday trend making the rounds. While some hashtags can be taken with a grain of salt, the concept of treating yourself to a little self-love is something that’s worth embracing.

The beauty of #SelfCareSunday is that it can take an array of different forms depending on who you ask. For example, to some people it can mean setting aside a whole afternoon dedicated to watching a movie, indulging in a facial or enjoying a spot of gardening. For others, it can mean shopping for ingredients and cooking a nourishing meal, or simply taking just 15 minutes for a meditation session. At the end of the day, what’s truly important is to prioritise moments that help you decompress, regardless of how busy your Sunday schedule can get.

Intrigued? Here’s how to use your Sundays to arm you with a sense of empowerment, nurture your soul, heal the body and gear up for a productive week ahead.

Enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of bubbles

What better way to indulge in a little self-care than by sitting down with a freshly brewed cup of tea or even better, a glass of bubbles. Whether you sip alone or invite a neighbour or loved one along for the ride, a half hour tea (or champagne break) is a great way to kickstart a Sunday afternoon or evening.

Watch the sunset

Another perfect way to wind up a Sunday evening, there’s something special about watching the sunset that just feeds your soul. The ceremony can be as simple as soaking up the last rays of sunshine in your garden or driving to the beach and laying down a picnic rug.

Connect with nature

Spending time in nature is scientifically proven to reduce stress levels, clear the mind and promote happiness. Again, this form of #SelfCareSunday can take any shape or form, whether you live in the city, the suburbs or the country. Just take the time to get out there and soak up the sunshine (or the drizzle), admire something beautiful and harness the healing powers of Mother Nature.

Eat something delicious

Sure, things like French toast with lashings of maple syrup and eggs hollandaise are delicious, but why not use #SelfCareSunday as an excuse to mindfully prepare and enjoy a meal that nourishes your body? Food is meant to be enjoyed, and this includes the preparation process as well as how it makes you feel afterwards. So stock up on ingredients that you love, prepare your meal with passion and savour every bite.

Some final thoughts

If you can’t shake the feeling of SelfCareSunday being a little self-centred, take inspiration from quotes like this:

“Self-care means taking good enough care of yourself that you can continue to perform at the highest level in service of others.”

Do you have any #SelfCareSunday rituals? We’d love to hear about them so go ahead and share in the comments below.