#SelfCareSunday is the Secret to a Better Monday

Say "goodbye" to the Sunday scaries.

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When was the last time you spent an entire day doing things just for yourself? I'm not talking about indulging in retail therapy or binging on junk food. I mean actually tuning into your body and finding ways to improve your physical and mental well-being. Checking in with ourselves, especially during this busy time of year, is extremely important if we want to remain organized, sane and happy.

So, if you're experiencing "election fatigue" or just feeling overwhelmed by holiday to-do lists, I compiled a list of ways to decompress and reset. Use this as a guide for your #SelfCareSunday relaxation sesh.

Disclaimer: You don't need to do ALL of these. Just pick the activities that would benefit you the most. #SelfCareSunday is all about R&R, not chores.

Take a Very, Very Long Bath or Shower

The bathroom was updated to create more space by moving the vanity to the opposite side of the room as well as a new tub and shower as seen on Welcome Back Potter. AFTER #5 (interior, after)

Photo by: Jason Miller / AP Images

Jason Miller / AP Images

Seriously, this will instantly relax you. Consider adding a few drops of lavender essential oils to the bottom of the tub for a calming aroma.

Do a Digital Detox

Book Towers

Book Towers

Are you a book junkie living in a small space? Rather than attempting to squeeze even more cumbersome bookshelves into your petite home, choose a book tower. Towers allow you to stack your books and take advantage of vertical space. Plus, it's a unique way to display your favorite titles.

Turn off EVERYTHING. No phone, no TV, no internet. Just unplug and unwind. Read the pile of books and magazines sitting next to your bed or couch.

Practice Yoga + Meditation

Attic Yoga Space

Attic Yoga Space

Angled attic doors add character to this cheerful yoga space, perfect for downward dogs and sun salutations.

Both yoga and meditation help you recenter and refocus by concentrating on your breath. After the practice, you'll feel refreshed and centered. Come back to the breathing techniques taught in yoga whenever you feel stressed or angry.

Meal Prep

Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast: Freezer Smoothie Bags

Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast: Freezer Smoothie Bags

No need to chop in the morning when you create custom smoothie bags to keep in your freezer. Just pop the ingredients in, add 1-1½ cups liquid and blend. Your morning smoothie prep just got cut down from 15 minutes to two minutes. Get the recipe >>

Photo by: Rachael Hartley, RD

Rachael Hartley, RD

No, meal prep is not fun, but it makes weeknight cooking so much easier. First, make a list of meals and go shopping. Then, spend a few hours chopping vegetables, organizing ingredients by meal and cooking meats and grains, which can be quickly added to meals throughout the week. BUT, if the thought of all that prepping stresses you out, then just prepare tomorrow's breakfast.

Color

Those adult coloring books are popular for a reason. The repetitive motion of coloring will chill you out and force you to focus on the task at hand. Grab some colored pencils, markers or crayons and chill out.

Get Active

Woman Jogging

Woman Jogging

Close up shot of a woman's running shoes outside.

Photo by: ©iStockphoto.com/FrancescoCorticchia

©iStockphoto.com/FrancescoCorticchia

The best way to lift your mood is by kicking those endorphins into high gear through physical activity. Get outside and take a hike; walk around the neighborhood; stroll through downtown; or bike on a greenway. However you choose to break a sweat, you're guaranteed to feel better afterwards.

Journal

Whether you're new to journaling or just haven't written in months, spend about five minutes on Sunday jotting down thoughts about the previous week, goals for the upcoming week and a list of things for which you're grateful. 

Tend to Plants

Planting in the Fall

Planting in the Fall

Woman weeds lettuce in her garden

Photo by: iStock/Jurgute

iStock/Jurgute

Gardening is mutually-beneficial: the plants receive some TLC and you get to enjoy a calming, therapeutic activity. Don't have any plants or garden space? This is the perfect opportunity to start an indoor plant collection. Succulents and snake plants are beginner-friendly.

Organize (A Little Bit)

How to Organize Important Papers by creating a bill paying station

How to Organize Important Papers by creating a bill paying station

Make bill paying easy by always having your checkbook, bills due and stamps all in one place.

Simply putting away mail, shoes, discarded clothes and other clutter can make a big difference in how your home feels and gives you a fresh start for the week. No one wants to come home to a dirty house on Monday night.

Have an At-Home Spa Night

Exfoliating Scrubs

Exfoliating Scrubs

Photo by: iStock/dolgachov

iStock/dolgachov

Light candles, put on your favorite record, exfoliate, apply face mask, put on a robe and don't leave the couch. Maybe even convince your S.O. to give you a massage.

Make This Seasonal Face Mask

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Mask

This sweet autumn scrub is perfect for an at-home spa day.

You Will Need

1/2 cup brown sugar / 3 tablespoons honey / 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree / 1 tablespoon ground coffee / 1 teaspoon cinnamon / small bowl / spoon or a small spatula

Step 1: Mix the Dry Ingredients

Mix the cinnamon, brown sugar and coffee grounds in a small bowl.

Step 2: Add the Pumpkin

Slowly blend the tablespoon of pumpkin into the mixture.

Step 3: Add the Honey

Adding the honey and pumpkin last will ensure there aren’t clumps of dry ingredients.

Step 4: Stir

Blend the ingredients until the cinnamon, coffee and brown sugar have all made contact with the pumpkin and honey.

Step 5: The Spoon Test

For a spa-day style mask, your mask should hold up on a spoon. Tip: For a quick, exfoliating scrub that you can use daily, add an extra tablespoon of pumpkin puree and replace the teaspoon of cinnamon with a half a teaspoon of yogurt (dry skin) or apple cider vinegar (oily skin).

Step 6: Apply Mask

Use the back of a spoon or a small spatula to apply a thin layer of the mask to your face. Wait 10–20 minutes or until the mask starts to dry–you’ll feel it tighten.

Step 7: Rinse

Splash water onto face, gently exfoliating as you rinse. Wipe off any remaining mask residue with a warm, damp cloth.

Step 8: Store Leftovers

If you have mask leftover, cover and refrigerate. Use within a week.

Do Something You Enjoy (With No Distractions)

Hammock and pillows

Hammock and pillows

A relaxing hammock and comfortable pillows are all you need for afternoon nap at Blackberry Farm. 

Photo by: Image courtesy of Blackberry Farm ©2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Image courtesy of Blackberry Farm, 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Basically, do something just for yourself. Dedicate time to finishing a project, laying on the hammock, playing video games or baking an elaborate dessert for no reason. The only rule here is to completely immerse yourself in an activity you love but haven't had time for recently.

Make a Drink

Matcha Green Tea Biscotti

Matcha Green Tea Biscotti

The earthy flavor from the green tea complements the salty roasted almonds and chocolate drizzle in this matcha green tea biscotti recipe.

A drink loaded with health benefits, that is, like a turmeric or matcha latte or hot tea. Turmeric, matcha and tea are all anti-inflammatories loaded with antioxidents and detoxifying properties.

Go to Bed Early

Blue Bedroom Nightstand With Retro Design

Blue Bedroom Nightstand With Retro Design

Minimal and functional accessories add a whimsical start to the day when placed on a bedside table. Design by HGTV Star contestant Jessie Miller

Getting enough sleep is the best thing you can do for your health. When you're tired and sleep-deprived, both work and relationships suffer. So, clock in those seven to nine hours of shut-eye and wake up fully prepared for Monday.

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