The key to a successful Monday morning is a productive and self nourishing Sunday routine. There’s nothing worse than waking up on Monday feeling frazzled and stressed to a cluttered house, overflowing laundry baskets and no idea what’s on the schedule for the week. How you spend your Sunday affects how you feel and take on the rest of the week. Your Sunday should be spent with self care activities and productive planning to ensure you head into the week feeling calm and ready for what lies ahead. Check out our Sunday routine ideas for a productive week!
10 Sunday Routine Ideas
1. Start Your Morning With Your Favourite Workout
Whether it’s a spin class, kickboxing workout or yoga session, get your Sunday started with your favourite workout class. A Sunday morning sweat session is a great way to get your day started. It boosts your energy, relieves stress and improves your mood so you’ll feel great the rest of the day. Getting your workout out of the way in the morning will also allow you to get it done before the rest of the day’s plans kick in.
2. Eat Well
Eating well on Sunday will make you feel healthy and nourished. Although it’s tempting to indulge on the weekends, try your best to make Sunday a healthy eating day. Nursing a junk food hangover on Monday isn’t the best way to start your week, and will make you feel sluggish and unmotivated. Filling your body with healthy food on Sunday will boost your mind and body. Limit your intake of trans fats, added salt and refined sugar and opt for nutritious, whole foods for snacks and meals.
3. Get Outside
If you’re not feeling a big workout on Sunday, at least get outside for a walk. Enjoying the great outdoors can calm your mind, lower your blood pressure and make you feel happier all around. If it’s tough for you to spend time outside during the week, spend Sunday enjoying lots of fresh air. Take a hike, set up a family picnic, ski the slopes or go for a family skate in the winter. You’re sure to feel refreshed and rejuvenated for the week ahead.
4. Meal Plan and Prep for the Week Ahead
Sunday is a great meal prep day. If you know you’re going to have a busy week and that your weeknights are jam packed with activities, use Sunday to prep dinners for the week so you don’t have to rely on takeout or fast food. Weekly meal prep ensures your family is fed and healthy and you won’t have to stress about what to make for dinner each night. Create a plan for the week ahead, do a big grocery shop and prep on Sunday for the week ahead.
5. Do Laundry
Waking up Monday to overflowing laundry baskets can make you feel overwhelmed. Get laundry out of the way on Sunday so you don’t have to think about it during the week. This ensures you’ll have clean clothes for the week ahead, and won’t leave you stressed with nothing to wear. There’s nothing worse than planning out an outfit for the next day only to realize the shirt you wanted to wear is at the bottom of your laundry basket.
6. Read a Book
Try to stay away from your devices (phone, laptop, etc.) as much as you can on Sunday. Instead, lose yourself in a good book. Reading is so important for so many reasons. It boosts mental stimulation, expands your vocabulary and offers improved concentration and focus. It’s also a great way to destress and relax. Reading before bed is a great routine to have as it can help you fall asleep naturally.
7. Do a Sunday Clean and Declutter
Cleaning your house on Sunday ensures you head into the week with a decluttered space. Wipe down the countertops, vacuum, clean the bathrooms, put toys back in their spots, and make sure there are no dirty dishes. Waking up to a clean house Monday morning will help you feel more productive, calm and ready to take on the day!
8. Plan Your Weekly Schedule
Take some time on Sunday to sit down and go over your schedule for the week ahead. Be aware of any plans you have coming up and see if there’s anything you need to prepare for. If you haven’t already, plan things into your week such as workouts, dinners with friends, kids activities and work deadlines. Knowing what your week looks like will make you feel more content going to bed Sunday night.
9. Take a Spa-Like Bath
Baths are one of the best ways to take some time for yourself to unwind and relax. Light some candles, burn your favourite essential oils and put on a soothing playlist. Baths can enhance your mood, help you relax and breathe easier and help you sleep better, so try to take one right before bed on Sunday night.
10. Go to Bed Early
It can be tempting to want to hold on to the weekend until the very last second and stay up late watching your favourite show, but getting a good night’s rest is essential for waking up ready to take on the day on Monday. Start your nighttime routine early Sunday night and get to bed at a decent hour to ensure you get a proper 8 hour sleep. A proper sleep ensures you wake up rested and energized, can improve your concentration and productivity and boost your immune function.
If you’re looking for ways to have a more successful week, it may be time to upgrade your Sunday routine. Use these tips to prep on Sunday for your most productive week ahead.
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