The ultimate lazy day, and who doesn’t love a lazy day? A day to let go of all our busy thoughts and set aside the ever growing and seemingly never ending to-do list. A day to relax, reflect, rejuvenate and fill our tanks back up for the week to come.
For Sunday to maintain its chill vibes, however, we have to really get it during the week. If we spend all the other days lounging away, binging on the flix’ and spend endless hours couch bound, the appeal of Sunday is lost.
As a human being, I am fully familiar with the struggle of lack of motivation or direction. From time to time, I give in to the draw of familiarity and comfort. I get home from work, after the sun has set and give in to the thinking that sun down equals down time.
I have no clear goal of what I want to or could accomplish in the few hours between dinner and sleep, and so instead of challenging myself to continue my growth whether it be through reading or writing or exercise, I resume my position on my 25.00 thrift store couch purchase (which I am particularly proud of) and open up Ol’ Faithful… Netflix (my current Netflix binge being House of Cards).
The truth is however, that every hour, every minute, is an opportunity to experience life. Experiencing life comes in many forms. It can come in the form of learning a new hobby, honing an old one, reading a book, journaling our thoughts, walking the dogs, going for a run, etc. and so on.
So here is what I am going to say about Sunday. Sunday just isn’t Sunday if we spend every other day or night living with a lazy day mind set.
There is nothing inherently wrong about indulging in a Netflix binge fest on occasion, simply to lose yourself for a time in a another’s fictional world. But do not let it consume you. Do not let it distract you from the non-fictional, and pretty spectacular, world right in front of you.
Today is Sunday, and while I spent too much time this past week getting lost in Frank Underwood’s ridiculous shenanigans of the political world, I do intend to relax today, and going forward implement a little more balance.
Here I will share with you 5 ways you can really soak in that Sunday vibe.
Work Hard During the Week
Work has most unfortunately come to have a negative connotation. But work is not the bad guy. Work also does not just mean your job or how you make a living. Every day is an opportunity to work on a myriad of things. Work on your fitness. Work on your self-growth. Work on your relationships. If you really invest your time during the week working on cultivating your picturesque life, then some Sunday you real thoroughly enjoy a little R & R time.
Implement a Sunday morning Ritual
For a time, every Sunday morning my girlfriend and I would load the furbabies, sans the cat, into the car and head to a local park. We spent the morning slowly meandering about the grounds with no set path or destination. We let the pups lead most of the time. After the park, we stopped by our favorite donut shop for treats and coffee.
Rituals give us something specific to look forward to, and I encourage them throughout the week as well.
Implement Hygge into your Day.
I had been seeing the word flying around the internet in several blog and article titles and finally decided, I need to know what this Hygge Hype is all about. Upon further research, I did find several definitions, but they all come down to comfort and little pleasures, specifically in the present moment. It is a common practice implemented in Danish culture, and while it began specifically in the cold months with sitting by the fire dressed warmly and partaking in warm beverages, it has expanded it’s reach into cultures world-wide as a year round way to implement comfort, pleasure, and presence into our daily lives.
Some ways you can incorporate Hygge into your day include curating a very finely honed cozy space complete with soft textures, warm lights, simple touches, and of course… the poster child for comfort, a great pair of leggings (or sweats) and for me, some really fabulous socks.
Have a Loose Game Plan
Okay, I know this seems contradicting, because what is a game plan if not a to-do list? But I did emphasize loose. The reason I suggest a game plan, is that Sunday is a perfect opportunity to do those things that you want to do, but don’t need to do. If you spend your week working long days, and then caring for kiddos or spouses or even parents on an almost daily basis, it can seem impossible to make time for number one. Let me clarify, I am referring to you as number one, not the bathroom term number one, hopefully you at the very least have time for that throughout the week.
So on this day, have a loose game plan to get some you time in. That can look like a chunk of time set aside to take a bath, read a book, watch your favorite move, watch a new movie, call an old friend. These are the things that too often we put on the back burner on a daily basis.
Going into Sunday, put at least one thing in your mind that you are going to do for you. Fill your tank back up.
Connect with Loved Ones
I have recently implemented the Sunday routine of Facetiming with my amazing mom who is back in Pennsylvania. I knew at a young age that I would leave my hometown right out of college and more than likely, not return for a while. That being said, I did not want to lose touch with all my loved ones.
One of the amazing innovations of this generation is the introduction of Skype and Facetime and Google chat. We can be on the other side of the world and still get that intimate connection of a face to face reunion with someone we love and miss.
Sundays are an awesome day to reconnect and catch up with friends and family. whether it be face to face or even a long overdue Snapchat or text exchange. Whatever you are most comfortable with or able to do, reach out and strengthen your connections.
All of that being said, I wish you all a lovely, Hygge-esque Sunday, or Tuesday or Thursday or whatever day you happen to have off for a good dose of R & R.
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