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Your favorite wellness girl is back with another jam-packed treasure trove of wellness tips that make your soul sing. It’s officially Wellness Girl Summer, and it’s time to channel that wellness guide energy to create the most blissful space for Slowdown Sunday at home. Insert heavenly harp sound.
Imagine it: slow living, sipping on herbal tea, surrounded by tranquility. Sigh. Pure magic. If finding your perfect balance with mindfulness, relaxation, and self-care tickles your fancy, you’ve sailed your ship to the right port, honey!
Now, picture yourself having the ultimate Slowdown Sunday: disconnecting from the digital world (bye, Instagram), embracing minimalism, and spending your day meditating, journaling, taking nature walks, practicing yoga, and reflecting on life. The birds are chirping, the air is crisp, and you, darling, control your leisure time. Sundays should also involve mental health nourishment, rest, and recharge for the week ahead; they are not meant for beating the Sunday Scaries with an agenda and to-do list that will leave you depleted for the week ahead, longing for the weekend and having find yourself mid-week waiting to live for the weekend.
This Slowdown Sunday Newsletter transforms a tiny corner of your abode into a wellness retreat as refreshing as a mermaid’s lagoon. So please wear your coziest socks, and make Slowdown Sunday the new unofficial spa day on your calendar.
Let’s dive in..!
Create Your Slowdown Sunday Space
Turning a corner of your home into a sanctuary for your Slowdown Sunday doesn’t need to be as hard as climbing Mount Everest in flip-flops. You want to create a space that screams (or rather whispers soothingly) “relaxation” and “mindfulness.”
Start by decluttering the area. Channel your inner minimalist, your Marie Kondō. Remove distractions. For this Sunday wellness retreat, less is more. You’re golden, a comfy chair, a cozy blanket, and a side table for your tea or iced coffee.
Add some elements of nature. A potted plant, a bouquet of fresh flowers from Trader Joe’s or delivered from floral delivery, Bouqs, or a bowl of smooth river stones can help make the space feel grounding. Scent can also play a big role in creating a calming atmosphere. Think scented candles, essential oil diffusers, or incense. Just remember, this is your space. Personalize it. Make it a place to disconnect and focus on your mental health.
Your mission, should you accept it: Begin setting up your Slowdown Sunday space. What does this look like to you? What is it that you need in order to make your space feel restful and rejuvenating? And why not subscribe to our Wellness Bum Sunday newsletter for weekly tips to enhance your Slowdown Sunday experience? Click right here!
Activities for Slowdown Sunday
So, what’s on the agenda for your Slowdown Sunday? The beauty of it is that you get to decide. You’re the boss of you! Start the day with some gentle yoga, followed by a nature walk. Breathe in that fresh air, and listen to the sounds around you. Be present. Be mindful.
Journaling can be a wonderful way to reflect on your week and set intentions for the week ahead. Pour your thoughts onto paper. They don’t have to make sense or even form complete sentences. Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to journal. It’s just you, your thoughts, and the paper.
For the rest of the day, engage in fun and enjoyable activities. Reading, knitting, drawing, baking – it’s your pick. Slowdown Sunday is all about restoring your balance and doing things that make your heart happy.
Now let’s talk business about unplugging. You heard me. For this Slowdown Sunday, your electronics are going on a little vacation. “But, my dear wellness expert,” you exclaim, “how can I survive without my trusty gadgets?!” Fear not, gentle soul. This is where you rediscover the splendors of a tech-free day.
Set your phone on an airplane, focus mode on ios, or turn it off. Hide your laptop under your bed if you must. Let your mind relish in the stillness without notifications buzzing like over-caffeinated bumblebees. You’ll be amazed at how much richer your experiences feel when they’re not constantly interrupted. Make digital detox a part of your self-care routine. Take a relaxing bath or go for a walk in nature without any technology distractions.
We can’t talk about Slowdown Sunday without discussing the goodness of feeding your belly with something yummy. Eating shouldn’t just be about refueling; it should be an experience.
Whip up something that makes your tastebuds dance the cha-cha. This is your chance to get creative and perhaps try making a dish you’ve daydreamed about. Take your time, enjoy the process, and savor every bite. I personally love the Eat Clean, Play Dirty cookbook from Sakara. There are so many yummy recipes that I’m sure you’ll love too.
Alright, let’s address the elephant in the room: guilt. Many of us have been so programmed to equate busyness with productivity that taking a day off can feel almost…sinful. But here’s a truth bomb for you: rest is not a luxury; it’s a necessity.
Now, I get it. Overcoming that nagging feeling of being unproductive during your Slowdown Sunday might be challenging. The trick is to change your perspective. You’re not being lazy. You’re taking care of your mental and physical health, and that’s as productive as it gets.
Here’s your assignment: The next time guilt starts to creep in, take a deep breath, smile, and tell yourself: “I’m not being unproductive; I’m recharging.” Need a little extra guidance, I love the Intelligent Change Affirmation Cards. They help me throughout the week with getting into positive talk and the right mindset.
Customizing Your Slowdown Sunday
Every Slowdown Sunday should be as unique as you are. The key is to fill your day with activities that bring you joy, peace, and a sense of fulfillment. If gardening soothes your soul, get your hands dirty. If baking is your happy place, then preheat that oven! Your Slowdown Sunday should be a reflection of you and your needs.
Here’s a fun task: This coming Sunday, do something you love but usually don’t have time for. What is this for you and how does it make you feel? Can you add more of it to your week?
Keeping the Calm Through the Week
Alright, dear friend, your Slowdown Sunday was a smashing success. You’ve relaxed, recharged, and now you’re wondering how to keep that zen going through the week. First of all, take a bow, you wellness rockstar. Keeping calm is all about small daily practices. Take short breaks, do mini-meditations, and engage in mindful breathing throughout your days. Need more? Check out these posts:
The magic of Slowdown Sunday is not just in having one day of relaxation but in making it a habit. Consistency is key. Make it a non-negotiable appointment in your calendar, a date with yourself. And remember, it’s a journey, not a destination. So be patient with yourself, and enjoy the ride.
Your final task: Pencil in your next three Slowdown Sundays in your calendar. Sometimes making a commitment to ourselves needs a little calendar reminder.
And that, dear friend, concludes our ultimate guide to creating your mindful Slowdown Sunday space at home. I hope this journey has inspired you to slow down, disconnect, and find your perfect balance. Until next time, may your days be filled with mindfulness, relaxation, and self-care. Embrace the blissful moments, for they are the foundation of your wellness journey to be well and live well. If you need a little guidance, schedule a discovery call or coaching session with me to help you create a foundation of your wellness journey.
I'm an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), offering guidance to high achievers in aligning their lifestyle with well-being through daily wellness and self-care routines, promoting balance and harmony. Join me at Wellness Bum for tips on living well, and consider subscribing to my newsletter or booking a coaching session.