6 Mindful Activities To Do Every Sunday

A woman sat on the bed meditating next to the window

Practising self-care is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle and to have good emotional health. Making time for yourself has never been more important. Participating in mindful activities is a powerful form of self-care that can help to improve your self-awareness. Mindfulness is the practice of purposely bringing one’s attention to the present moment, acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings and thoughts.

Allocating time to indulge in some mindful activity in order to care for yourself and your wellbeing is key. Making the time specifically on a Sunday for mindfulness, puts you in a calm and restful place, ready for your fast-paced Monday.

Here are 6 effective mindful activities that promote sound self-care and awareness:

1. Journaling

Journaling is a hugely popular and highly recommended mindful activity to participate in regularly. You do not have to be an amazing writer to keep a journal; all you need is a notebook and pen!

There have been vast amounts or research about the positive benefits of engaging in mindful journaling. A study that was carried out by researchers Karen A. Balkie and Kay Wilhelm that journaling about emotions or daily events in your life for 20 minutes per day, on 3 – 5 occasions, saw a boost in immune function and stress reduction.

There are no rules when it comes to journaling; you can write about your day, about an event in your life or even just about your feelings or worries that day. You do not have to do it on a daily basis – it could be a weekly activity.

Other scientific benefits of journaling include:

  1. It can reduce depression and anxiety
  2. It can cultivate gratitude
  3. It can improve memory function
  4. It can help you recover from trauma

2. Meditation and Relaxation

Relaxation – ‘the state of being free from tension and anxiety’ is a powerful mindful activity that can be hard to master, but life-changing when you use it as part of your routine.

When I first thought about relaxation, or it was mentioned, I naively thought it meant that you watched your favourite TV show or read a book. However, relaxation is about your mind and body being free of stress and worries. Relaxation can be practised through a number of different techniques.

There are various relaxation techniques such as: breathing exercises, body scanning, Tai Chi and guided meditation for just a few examples. Meditation and relaxation techniques like body scanning at readily available on platforms such as Youtube and is a great place to start.

Positive benefits of meditation and relaxation include:

  1. Reduction in tension and chronic pain
  2. Improved digestion
  3. Reduction of stress hormones
  4. Lower blood pressure
  5. Enhanced self-awareness
  6. Better sleep

3. Walking

Mindful walking is a form of mindful movement. Using the everyday action of walking as a mindfulness practice, you can become aware of the sensations that are happening in your body. You can then be at one with your environment and how your body feels; this then helps you to focus on the present moment.

Walking is also a simple and effective form of exercise in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Whether it is a regular walk, or you decide o walk to the shops instead of taking the car, it all has positive changes to both physical and mental health.

Advantages of mindful walking can include:

  1. Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  2. Increased muscle strength and endurance
  3. Improved mental health
  4. Reduced body fat

Sometimes walking isn’t always the most attractive mindful activity, but here are some ways that you can make walking more pleasurable:

  • Walk the dog
  • Join a walking club
  • Walk with a loved one
  • Vary where you walk, so that you can explore new nature spots

A woman standing in the sun in a field and nature looking up at the sky

4. Breathing Exercises 

Mindful breathing involves being aware of your breath and focusing on it. It is not about changing the way you breathe. The act of focusing on your breath usually slows down your breathing patterns, which helps you to feel more relaxed. Turning your attention to how the air moves in an d out of your lungs, mouth and nose becomes a type of calming meditation. There are various types of breathing that can help you feel calm and relaxed.

Square breathing: As you inhale, visualise one side of the square. Then you visualise the next side of the square as you exhale. You repeat this process until you have imagined all sides of the square.

4, 7, 8 method: You inhale to count of 4, hold your breath for 7 and then exhale to the count of 7. Repeat as needed.

Belly breathing: Place one hand on your stomach ad inhale slowly through your nose (you will notice your abdomen rising). As you exhale, you contract your abdomen muscles and push the air out of your lungs.

Physical and emotional benefits of breath meditation:

  1. Lower heart rate
  2. Reduce stress levels in your body
  3. Improve diabetic symptoms
  4. Helps you to manage chronic pain
  5. Lower blood pressure

5. Colouring

Mindful colouring is about bringing your awareness into the present moment by you consciously focusing on the colours and the design. Similar to meditation, you are letting go of any thoughts about the past or future; you just bring the focus and awareness to the activity which you are doing.

A recent study conducted by the University of the West England looked into the benefits of colouring on the mind. Volunteers were asked to spend 20 minutes reading, or 20 minutes colouring in and then answer questions to indicate their mood and mindfulness. The research showed that compared to reading, colouring encouraged lower levels of anxiety and greater mindfulness.

Mindful colouring has been shown to:

  1. Improve your focus
  2. Improve sleep
  3. Improve vision and motor skills
  4. Reduce anxiety and stress

6. Skincare routine

The most important factor in a mindful skincare routine is the focus on caring for yourself in the here and now. Having a good skincare routine is a great form of self care and self love. 

In regards to looking after your skin, mindfulness is commonly associated with factors such as:

  1. Skincare products that are cruelty free and/or vegan
  2. Taking the time to enjoy a slower-paced skincare routine rather than rushing through the process
  3. Incorporating tools or techniques into your routine such as face yoga or using a jade roller
  4. Noticing how your skin looks and changes, then adopting your routine with suitable products

Everyone can positively benefit from adding more mindfulness into their lives especially after the past year or so with the pandemic, there is no better time to provide some relief for our mind and skin! You can inhale the aromas, focus on the ingredients in the product which you are using, take notice of the texture and take your time.

How do you practise mindfulness in your life? I’d love to hear in the comments.

123 thoughts on “6 Mindful Activities To Do Every Sunday

  1. I also love listening to music and writing. It is so relaxing. Great post! It is important to treat yourself and have that me time at least once a week 🙂. Thanks for sharing these tips!

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  2. I love to go to the gym on a Sunday, it’s so much more enjoyable than going after work. Also a Sunday roast is my favourite with a film to finish the week perfectly! Lovely post.

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  3. Great post, lots of good ideas, a face mask, bath & manicure/pedicure definitely top for me, I love my yoga, my bullet journal and curling up in fresh bedding & pyjamas with a chamomile tea & reading

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  4. A real skin care routine is what I really lack. Like I’ve been saying ima start one for months and have done nothing. This is such a great post and I love your suggestions! I also add yoga and doing my nails as a way for self care while waiting on my face mask to dry (face masks are my kryptonite) great post!

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  5. These are all great tips!
    I love listening to music…I totally relate to ending up doing more dancing than housework part HAHA! At one point I just had to stop myself from listening to music when I had chores to do.
    And I do workouts as well.. 5 days a week 🙂

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  6. I love your suggestions:) I have to say practicing a regular skin care routine, makes me feel like I am doing something for myself. I don’t have to much time to fiddle with my look so having these few moments for myself every morning makes me feel good. Lovely post Lauren.

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  7. This are simple and great ways to relax and also take care of yourself. Sundays I usually prefer to take a loooong bubble bath with a book and glass of wine. That is for me the supreme relaxation moment before another week in work.😍😍

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  8. Love this post! I’ve got a few adult colouring books and used to love doing them to take my mind off things but I haven’t done any for ages! I love reading or going for a walk when having some ‘me’ time! My Sunday this week has been full of tidying my room and cleaning makeup brushes and although I hate doing chores like this I always feel so much better after having a productive day!

    Jess xx

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  9. Aww I love this! ❤ Self care is so important, and it’s something I’m trying to practice daily 🌸 I love that this is self-care Sunday. We often feel bogged down on Sundays, dreading the Monday blues and the week ahead (I know I do, anyway 😅) 💙❤

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  10. This is such a great post Lauren! 💖 I love all these ideas! My favourites are having a bubbly bath, going for a long walk with music, and going for a massage (a massage from a brand is the dream, right? 😄) I also love your photography. I just wanna pick up those pencils and start colouring in. Fab post lovely and thanks for all the helpful suggestions 😘 xx

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    1. Yes a massage from a brand! Definitely a great thing! I have never had a massage in a spa or been to a spa before. So I definitely need to change that. Thank you babe. Bubble baths with a lush bath bomb are 😍😍xxx

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  11. I think your first tip is one that my mother told me years ago. You only have one face so it’s worth spending time, attention, and (if necessary) money on it to maintain your skin. It’s something I try to live by too. And I’m with you on music and housework, anything to make that task go by quicker! I love your shoutout to the massage brands – fingers crossed one or more of them take you up on your offer 🙂 lovely post, Lauren, thank you for sharing your tips xx

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  12. These are all my favourite things to do! I love Lush face masks but have never tried any of The Body Shop ones so I’ll have to treat myself some time. Love your blog 🙂 xxx

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      1. Never tried it. I never really do face masks to be honest and when I do it’s a green one from lush that I dont know the name of 😂 xx

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  13. I know I need a little more mindfulness in my life. While I’ve done less since Covid, walking is a great way to slow things down, look around you and get some fresh air. Just being outside can work wonders. Some really great tips, Lauren!

    Caz xx

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  14. Walking in nature, for me, is one of the best things to do for my mental health and is a great self-care activity. I can’t explain how wonderful it is when I do it other than I feel emotionally lighter so I’m so glad you included walking in this fab list. I’m trying to add these kinds of moments into a Sunday routine more so this was super useful — thanks for sharing!

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  15. For the first time since we got here, my dog is living inside for a couple of weeks after surgery. She is doing alright with it, and loves her morning walk the most! I have been using the forty minutes of strolling for mental decluttering, mindful thinking, and planning every morning.
    Thanks for sharing some simple ways to integrate self-care into our everyday lives!

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  16. These are amazing ideas! I’ve just discovered how much I love colouring. Journaling has been so incredible for my mental health. I’ve just started reading Angel cards and normally journal afterwards.

    I’m completely with you about relaxation. I would normally watch a film but that’s not the same as meditation. I love doing body scan, that’s probably my favourite. I’ve not heard of square breathing, so I’m definitely going to try that.

    The other form of self care I enjoy is gardening. I love being out in nature and tending to all my plants. It makes me so happy!

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