If you’ve been following me, you’ll know how sacred my weekends are. Even though I wholeheartedly believe in creating and living a life you don’t need a break from, I do make sure my weekends are purely for the restoration of my mind, body & soul. Fridays and Saturdays are for exploring, being creative, enjoyment etc., and then there are Sundays – there’s something about Sunday that symbolises rest, and relaxation. I use Sunday to prepare myself for the upcoming week, mentally, physically, and emotionally. I guess that’s why the term “Self-Care Sunday” is so popular right? If I don’t put my head on straight on Sunday night, I’ll feel totally off balance all week.
My Sunday Evening Ritual for Grounding & Focus
A quick yoga session (or a walk) and a bath
I like to start off my evening routine with a quick yoga session (or a walk along the beach) and follow it with a bath because it sets me up to feel tired and ready to go to sleep by 9.30-10:00 pm. There’s something about exercising, taking a bath, and getting into soft cosy PJs that makes me feel so refreshed.
While I plan the upcoming week (see below), I sip a cup of organic chamomile and lavender tea. Both chamomile and lavender are known for their use as sleep aids and in the relief and treatment of anxiety, stress and digestion.
Create the sleep ambience
I turn off the main light in my room and turn on the smaller bedside light for dimmer lighting. I’ll also turn on my aroma diffuser with calming essential oils to add even more good vibes to my room.
Planning the upcoming week
This is the one thing that’s reserved for Sunday nights. I’ll sit with my planner and write out the important things that I know I need to do during the week. That way, my “map” for the week is ready and I don’t need to worry about forgetting anything important.
Journal and Meditate on my intentions for the week
Journaling my intentions really sets the tone for the entire week. It also determines what I’m going to meditate on for the week. Intentions are as simple as what you intend to do and feel; what you choose to spend your time and energy on. Setting intentions can increase your productivity because you know exactly what you want to focus on, and how you want to feel.
Get into bed and read
Light reading for 10-15 minutes before bed is another one of those things that I do to get ready to fall into a deep peaceful sleep. It is a lot better for you than being on your phone up until you go to sleep.
Ending the day with something inspirational is a great way to keep the positive energy going and fall asleep on a good note.
Of course, getting enough rest is key to feeling grounded, and having the energy to conquer the week. Aim to get 6-8 hours of sleep per night, depending on what the perfect amount of sleep is for you.