There is something about Sundays that can make or break your week. Often times, we see Sunday as the last day of the week. We are tired of “our long week” and we spend the day dreading Monday when we have to wake up and do it all over again. We get stuck in a rut. If we can just train our minds to see Sundays from a different perspective, it could make all the difference in your week. Try seeing it as the first day of your week. Its the day you have to relax and do all of the things that will energize you and get you ready for your week.

things you should do on sundays

Go to church: I have heard a lot of people say they don’t go to church because Sunday is their one day to sleep in and recover from a long exhausting week. Besides, what usually happens? Its the one day your kids don’t wake up at the crack of dawn, so it is harder to get them out of bed without a fight, your toddler decides to poop as soon as it is time to walk out of the door, you are exhausted because you haven’t slept in two days, and a list of other reasons not to go.

Or…

You wake up after a long night of rest, it’s a beautiful day, the kids are up and want to enjoy the day at the park.

It’s so tempting to ditch church in both of these scenarios. Going to church on Sundays should be something that fills you and gets you ready for your week. You might even hear your pastor teaching something that speaks to your soul that helps you deal with something you are currently dealing with it even will allow you to use in order to inspire others.

Go for a walk: Walking has so many benefits beyond losing weight. Walking is a natural stress reliever, increases endorphins and makes you feel happier! Going for a Sunday stroll will also help you sleep better at night. This is a great way to recharge from a busy weekend and get ready for what is ahead.

Bonus: Quick date with your spouse! This is one of my favorite things to do with my husband right now. We can get a break, take a walk and enjoy just being together.

Unplug from technology: Make it a point to keep your phone in a different room or even turn it off on Sundays. This will eliminate any distractions and help you to find ways to be intentional so you can make Sunday count. The thought of not checking your phone sounds stressful to some but trust me, it is so freeing! It helps with FOMO (fear of missing out), removes any unnecessary negative emotions from getting in the way of a relaxing day, and it helps you focus on what is happening right in front of you.

unplug form technology

There are so many things happening right now but life is happening inside our homes and right in front of you. Don’t miss out because you were on your phone.

Plan the week: Every Sunday evening, my husband and I put the kids to bed and sit down for about 30 minutes and discuss what we have going on together and individually. This is a great time to communicate what extra activities are scheduled after work hours so everyone is on the same page and you can coordinate who is doing what. This can also include chore for the kids and who is cooking dinner on certain nights.

Cook a health family dinner: Nothing makes me feel better than cooking a beautiful, colorful, healthy dinner for my family. Research shows that people who eat healthy dinners at home are happier and healthier with higher energy levels. That’s why this is so important especially on Sundays. A great addition to getting your week kicked off in the right direction.

Detox soak in the bath: I do this every Sunday for the past year religiously. It is how I end my perfect Sunday. Soaking in a hot bath for 45 minutes can reduce stress and anxiety, reduces pain and inflammation as well as improves your overall mood. Add in bath salts for more benefits. I usually determine what salts I use based on my day. Dr. Teals is what I buy because you can get it from your local store and they have a few really good options.

My personal favorites are Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soothe & Sleep Lavender Soaking Solution, Dr. Teals Soaking Solution, Pure Epsom Salt, Relax & Relief, with Eucalyptus & Spearmint, Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Balance & Calm Matcha Green Tea Soaking Solution, Dr. Teal’s Glow, and Radiance Epsom Bath Soaks and Dr. Teal’s Restore & Replenish Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak.

soaking in bath reduces stress

Along with my bath, I might listen to music, read a book or watch something on Netflix off my phone while drinking a glass of wine.

So, from now on, no more seeing Sunday as the last day to a long and exhausting week. See it as the start of an amazing week ahead! Make Sundays fun, intentional and be present.

That way you can RISE AND GRIND come Monday morning with no regrets!

Time to get PRODUCTIVE!

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32 Comments

  1. I always use Sunday as my “reset” day to prepare for the week. I would love to have a detox and soak on Sundays!

  2. Great post. Going to church is really important and also planning for the whole week ahead especially for working moms . Thanks for sharing

  3. I love the idea of looking at Sunday as the start of the week rather than using it to dread about Monday.

  4. Great list! When my husband and I make a conscious effort to unplug on Sundays, we feel much more rested and recharged on Monday mornings. Plus, it gives our family a day of quality time and intentional activities. Thanks for this.

  5. Love this list! Sunday is a definitely a great day to use as a refresh and recharge to prepare for the week ahead!

  6. This is a great list. Going to church is definitely important, as well as planning the week ahead. Thanks for sharing.

  7. This is so great – I think we all need to treat Sunday as a sacred day again! After doing these things, there’s no way you wouldn’t be ready for a great week.

  8. Great Tips, Its so important to unplug and church is such a good way to put this life into perspective.

  9. I love your approach to Sunday. I think we can make good use of our downtime to energize and prepare for a good week. Planning ahead also helps things run smoother. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Sunday is definitely my day to organize the week ahead. I do my meal prep, layout my goals and schedule. It really helps keep me productive.

  11. This is inspiring! I love going on walks in our neighborhood already, and adding a bath to my Sunday routine sounds amazing 😉

  12. I am a huge advocate for meal planning on Sundays! I love these other suggestions as well, a no tech day sounds like a great day to have a family board game night!

  13. These are great ideas! Detox baths are one of my favorite things. I took a lovely bath last night with a bath bomb while I watched a documentary on my phone. it was so nice!

  14. So true, i too use Sundays for a recovery – it would be great to change my mindset to make it a day of preparation

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