If I could spend every Sunday eating banana pancakes and reading magazines that would be alright by me. However, carving out a bit of time to prepare for the week ahead makes me feel a lot more grounded. I’m sharing a few of my Sunday rituals that blend practical action, self-care and a little bit of woo woo to support you in a successful week ahead!
Before I touch my phone, the first thing I do every Sunday morning is meditate. Meditation can transform the rest of your day and it really doesn’t need to look like a perfect IG photo. I’ve recently been following along Light Watkins 7 day meditation kickstart as my personal practice has been a bit disrupted post baby. I highly recommend his E.A.S.Y. approach to getting your practice back on track or starting a new one.
Sit or lie down in a comfortable position, gently close your eyes and start to bring awareness to your breath. Slowly inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth counting from 1 to 4 on each inhale and exhale. Start with 5 minutes for each session and slowly build up to 20 minutes at your own pace.
Notice how you navigate your days when you take the time to tune-in and the days that you do not. I’ve noticed a huge increase in my productivity, mental clarity and overall well-being on the days that I set aside the time to practice.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I love to make my bulletproof coffee. It’s a great meal replacement when I’m on-the-go or as an afternoon pick-me-up when I’m meal prepping. Click here to see how I whip it up!
To make a week go smoothly, I always get a few meals prepped and cooked so that there is no one getting hangry in our household come dinner time. To do this I figure out three dinner options, order the ingredients from Whole Foods via Instacart and use the produce I’ve selected from Imperfect Produce.
To be transparent, I make many of the same things over and over again such as my breakfast frittata and I’m not a big recipe follower. I tend to see what comes in my produce box and get creative. The key is to make a few things that can be morphed into several different meals. For example, I will make a large pot of quinoa and use some for a warm breakfast cereal and some for a chicken veggie bowl. Another example would be when I stew a bunch of apples and pears for said warm breakfast cereal and use the rest for muffins. When I prep food I’m always thinking of how to stretch it as far as I can so that I maximize my time and stock the fridge.
I’m not suggesting that you become an overnight chef! Cooking is a meditative experience for me and something I look forward to each week but it’s not for everyone. If you don’t enjoy cooking, consider getting a meal delivery service such as Thistle for a few days each week.
Get out in Nature
Ever notice how taking a walk outside makes you feel better? Our bodies naturally sync with nature and our nervous systems crave the settling that the Mother Nature effortlessly provides.It can make all the difference in the world to disconnect from technology, move your body and simply be in the natural harmony of the earth.
Take a walk on the beach, hug a tree, lie down on a big boulder and just breathe. If you pick up some trash in exchange for the reprieve that the earth provides, you won’t be disappointed.
Review the week ahead
Scan your calendar every Sunday night. If you have appointments you need to confirm or cancel do it now! There is nothing worse than finding yourself stressed out, double booked and over committed. Make sure you have scheduled in time for self-care, driving to and from your destinations if that applies to your lifestyle and some down time to do absolutely nothing!
Do you have a sacred Sunday planning ritual? If so, let us know! We’d love for you to follow us on @clutterhealing® as well.