Welcome to life! We spend a third of our lifetime working. The average working time during the week is 40 hours. There are individuals who work more hours because of more compelling and very personal reasons such as being a single parent, debt, additional bills to pay and more. And for the same reasons, they never take time off work, vacation, relax and replenish their energy.
Given that you’ve worked so hard, it’s not a crime to relax, turn off your mobile phone and shun social media for one day. You’ve all heard how chronic stress affects physical and mental health so don’t let it bleed into your weekends. To be specific, Sunday, the one day of the week you can spare to yourself.
Picture this: a gentle breeze blowing on a relaxing Sunday afternoon while taking a nap in a hammock.
Or… one relaxing Sunday afternoon spent soaking in a tub surrounded by scented candles.
Some are just plain driven folks who want to climb the corporate ladder faster than everyone else. For workaholics, letting go on Sundays may be more stressful. Breathe. It’s not so difficult to have a relaxing Sunday afternoon; you just need to think about the things that you like to do and what they will do for your well-being.
You’re going back to the salt mines on Monday. The least that you can do on a Sunday afternoon is to savor it.
8 Ways To Enjoy A Relaxing Sunday Afternoon
Disconnect completely from technology on Sunday afternoons. If you’re caught up chatting with friends on a relaxing Sunday afternoon, the hours will slip away easily. These are the same hours that you can spend on your hobby (for example – reading, arts and crafts, or trying that new recipe you downloaded from your favorite website). Besides, comparing weekend activities from your social media friends and indulging in gossip isn’t as enhancing as spending time on these hobbies.
2. Enjoy nature
Plan to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon with a friend, spouse or the whole family out of town or by having a picnic in the park, surrounded by nature, and simply enjoy each other’s company.
You can prepare for a family affair in the morning, have lunch and let the little ones play. It’s a good time to connect with your family and finally have some quality time that you have very little of from Monday to Friday. The memories this will build in the future will be priceless so don’t forget to take photos.
Afternoons will be the best time to do this so that it won’t creep into evening. You need to be up early the next day!
3. Exercise and then soak in the tub
By this time, you’ve done your chores and have time for a luxurious and relaxing Sunday afternoon. Light exercises, like yoga or jogging around the block, in the afternoon will help fix your sleep patterns. The activity will also allow you to do breathing exercises that will help you deal with stress easier. After, you can dip into a bubble bath amidst meditative music and your favorite aromatherapy scented candle. You can also add a glass champagne to this experience and feel like a queen.
4. Read a good book
There’s nothing quite as relaxing as reading a good book on a relaxing Sunday afternoon – and it’s the most frugal of hobbies. Reading makes the mind shift gears and distracts it away from stress. A good fiction novel soothes negative thoughts plus it improves your vocabulary. The printed word stimulates your imagination so it is a good mental exercise.
5. Watch a movie
A relaxing Sunday afternoon prods you to make some popcorn and go through your stack of DVDs. This activity runs the gamut from just being chill to being a true cineaste. If you’re not into reading and just want to chill, a movie that makes you nostalgic or laugh hard is the way to go. You can also choose a movie based from a book you just read and compare how accurate the scenes are. Oh well… There are times we just have to admit the special effects are more exciting.
For those who cannot completely turn away from their laptops, you can take up blogging. Surely, there are blogs from those who decided to start one on a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Blogging or journal writing (if you prefer something more intimate and not too out there) can assist in making you come to terms with your daily challenges. Writing about what overwhelms you can help you clear your thoughts and feelings.
7. Get out of your comfort zone
You won’t be able to do this from Monday to Saturday because you’re busy being connected with your professional circle and thinking about work. A lazy, relaxing Sunday afternoon is the right time and place for creativity. Stretch! This atmosphere is motivating you to try something new. It should very well be spent for self-enhancement – a new hobby, a new exercise class, an activity that will deepen your relationship with your family and life partner. Reserve this time solely for yourself.
8. Stop whining. Take control.
Chasing after work five or six days during the week will leave us pretty much drained. It’s hard to think of retreating when all you think about are the schedules you need to meet, emails and phone calls you need to answer or that report or presentation you need to impress your boss. If your weekly grind is to high roll on Fridays (TGIF!) or party until sunrise with your buddies and BFF’s on Saturdays, then you’re really headed for more trouble.
You can have a relaxed Saturday afternoon happen and taking full advantage of it will improve your quality of life.
Allow Sunday to be the day for you to replenish, rejuvenate and have a fresher perspective of your path. There’s nothing wrong with planning for a relaxing Sunday as early as Monday. Use good time management strategies to free up schedules. By Friday morning, you are tying up loose ends, have cleaned your inbox and have finished that report the boss wants.
You can turn off your mobile phone…now.