What could be better than self care weekend after a busy and maybe even stressful week at work? Nothing. But far too often, weekends are full of activities–errands, family get togethers, cleaning and tidying up. Not exactly peaceful. Self care can all too often get put on the back burner, especially during certain times of year when things are transitioning, like back to school or when there are holidays such as Christmas.
I cannot tell you the amount of times co-workers have arrived on Monday mornings just as frazzled as when they left work on Friday afternoon. And often their weekend included bringing the kids to the pumpkin patch and grandma’s house, and having friends over after a day of cleaning and laundry. While pumpkin patches and get togethers are lovely, sometimes crowding all of this into one weekend is just poorly planned. Weekends ought be as much about you (as in your spirit and mental health) as it is about those you have relationships with, and events.
Today I want to share some ideas that will help you engage in self care and feel soothed instead of frazzled because nothing can beat a soothing self care weekend.
Lounge in the Tub
Nothing says self care like a long soak in a hot bath, does it? You can break out the bubble bath or bath bombs, candles and even a glass of wine. Rest your sore muscles and relax your mind while you enjoy the bath. You’ll come out of that bath feeling ten times better. And bathing has some amazing self care and health benefits! Indulging in a hot bath on your self care weekend is perfect because I know you’re either too tired or too busy to take a hot bath on a weeknight.
Give Yourself a Mani
I personally love going to get a mani, and if you are able to, totally do this. If time or money is a factor, an at home mani is just as good. And maybe even better. Painting your own nails can be soothing as you are practicing mindfulness while you do so, and caring for your body is always personally rewarding as it helps you feel more put together.
Take some time this weekend to get really quiet. Lie down, sit down, whatever makes you comfortable and just breathe. You can do this with relaxing music or nature sounds, or you could do a guided meditation. There are tons on Youtube and there are a lot of mediation apps you can get as well. It sounds cliche or even ‘just not me’ I know, but it’s amazing what a few moments of quiet can do for you. Aim for fifteen but even ten will leave your mind feeling more clear.
Take an afternoon or evening to just be cozy. Snuggle up with a loved one or a pet, or even just a good book or movie. Make sure you have a beverage of choice with you, and just take the time to lounge and be cozy. A blanket is a cozy must have but a big sweater would do nicely as well. I used to love lounging in bed with a book when I was younger and really, ought get back to that.
TakeTime for Your Hobby
You likely have a hobby. Or one you’d like to take up. Whether it’s photography or web design or something more tactile like knitting, it’s time to get back to that hobby this weekend. All too often we leave hobbies by the wayside as we are too busy to take up those knitting needles or camera, but hobbies are so important for your self care. They require you to be mindful and are relaxing because they are enjoyable to you. So take some time this weekend to get back to that hobby, or try out that hobby you’ve always wanted to.
It’s not always easy to take time out for yourself. But it is important to do so, and taking a weekend all to yourself is not a bad thing. We often need that rest and relaxation. So mark off time in your calendar to do nothing the same way you mark off time to do things–doctor appointments, days with family and what not. That “nothing” weekend is the perfect time to re-connect with yourself with some simple self care. And I’ll be honest, I’ve taken many such weekends and they have been instrumental in helping my mental health.
What do you like to do to relax on a weekend? Share your ideas in the comments below.
Lovely post, im definitely feeling inspired to plan my own self-care night and get Cosy with a bubble bath! My favourite thing to do 🙂
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I love that idea! Do it!!
I love all of these self-care ideas! I think my favorite is staying cozy, but I really want to try meditation soon! I am hoping it would ease my racing mind!
Mediation should reduce racing thoughts 😊
I could have written this post since what you mention are my favourite things for a weekend on my own. Small addition would be a nice movie with some homemade popcorn. Loved it!
Great minds think alike!
These are amazing suggestions Giulia! My weekends are always so hectic. I really need to take a moment for myself. A bath and manicure sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing!
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I think I need to give myself this soon! I love these suggestions and I could do with some relaxation at the end of this week x
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Enjoy the self care weekend!
Cool tips! I like tips no. 2 & 4. These is what inlike to do during weekends beSides drawing and watchIng movies.
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The first one is a big vibe and love to do it to relax and just chill for the night. Great suggestion, thank you for sharing!
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Great ideas! Thanks for the reminder! It is my Friiday into a 3 day weekend. It cooled off here. I should lounge in the tub. Hot bubble bath
Oh yes, definitely enjoy a long weekend 😊
I agree with you. It is necessary to do self care. I liked your tips. Thank you for sharing.
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I’m going to be isolating this weekenD, so im def going to need to take up some of these ideas For a relaxing self care weekend!
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Sounds like a good way to spend isolation! I hope you are well Jenny.
I don’t remember the last time I had a bubble bath or painted my nails – by myself!! The joys of having a daughter!
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LOL time to arrange a play date for her so you can do those by yourself hehehe
Lovely ideas, my favorite was the idea of being cozy, perfect for the fall weather!
Yes, fall is cozy season!
I love this! Last Friday, I took a self-care day and did some painting which i haven’t done in so long! I have yet to get a Pedi done which I’ve been wanting for a while but its definitely on my list for October. Blankets for me are a must and always draped over me while I work hehe. Great list, Giulia x
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Thanks Lynn! Glad you took some time for yoursrlf on the weekend.
My mum has been making fizzy bath salt mixes for her Etsy store and what she does not use in the tubes is leftovers for us! It smells so nice and really spices up a tub of steaming water. As it is getting colder too, a warm soak is the perfect way to start feeling drowsy and cosy at the end of the day.
Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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Oh my, those salts sound lovely!
Those are all good ideas…haven’t done a bath in a while just because it was so hot but now with the temp are slowly going down I will have to do a nice bath soon
Oh yes, baths in the colder weather are a must.
Getting cozy and having some turmeric passionfruit tea and watching movies is going to be how I relax on the weekend — i have it all planned out! I love all your other suggestions and will give myself a mani too!
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Sounds so cozy and relaxing!
Lovely post, just in time for the weekend too! Im looking forward to trying out a few oF these for my self-care routine this weekend 🙂
Nice! Enjoy your self care weekend 🥰
We need to make it busy to get self-care done. During the week, getting work done.
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This has reminded me that I really need to get more into meditation as I think it will be a great way to unwind and relax my mind a bit; the weekend being the perfect time to do that! Thanks for the other tips — all super useful!
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So glad you found it helpful 😊
Awesome idea. Giving a good look during the weekend is good and boosts self-confidence.
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I love these self-care tips. They’re perf after a long work week.
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Aww, thanks Riyah! I hope they help you unwind.
Reading a good book is what I associate with a relaxing weekend free of stress 🙂 thank you for sharing these activities, I really appreciate the suggestions x
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I’m going to try out some meditation this weekend as it’s been a tough week — thanks for the reminder!
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I hope that helps you 🙂