“A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.”
As many of my subscribers know, I am a person that swears by routines. Some of you may have already read my blog on my morning routine, but I also have created a Sunday routine for myself and I don’t think I will ever go back to lazy Sundays. I have found that how I spend my Sundays tends to determine how the rest of my week will go. Therefore, by creating and following through on my Sunday routine, it is noticed that my weeks tend to start off a lot smoother and easier. Sunday, for me, is my day to really relax and get caught up on things that I got behind on the last week while also taking steps to prepare for the next week. During the summer, I get off track with my schedules and routines, simply because I don’t have a lot going on, but right now as it is fall and school/work has started for me again, I really have to focus on making the most of my time. I hope you all enjoy this post and it inspires you to make your own Sunday routine! Don’t forget to subscribe below to keep updated on all of my recent posts and travels!
My Sunday Routine
Catch Up on Sleep
First things first, Sunday (especially in Spain) is seen as a day that should be full of relaxation. Therefore, I like to take advantage of almost everything (stores, businesses, etc.) being closed and make the decision to sleep in a little. I don’t mean that I sleep all day, but as I am someone who is usually up before 7:00am, I allow myself to sleep in until about 8:00am or 9:00am if I am feeling a little more tired than normal just to get well-rested before Monday comes around again.
Get Moving and Enjoy a Workout
My favorite part about going to the gym on Sunday is that I can take my time with my workout. During the week, I tend to feel rushed, because I normally have something going on so I have to leave and shower quickly. However, on Sundays, I can just go and enjoy my workout without worrying what I have to do next. This also is a great time for to get caught up on any weekly cardio that I haven’t done, an ab workout, or extra foam rolling. I mentioned these three things specifically because I tend to get VERY lazy when it comes to ab workouts and stretching/foam rolling. I usually do about 10-15 minutes of cardio a day but it’s more for getting my heart rate up for my actual weights workout than it is for burning calories.
Shower/Look Presentable for the Day–This one is obvious, but I thought I would add it. 🙂
Eat a Good Breakfast
To have a productive Sunday, you need the right fuel! Don’t skimp on your Sunday breakfast. My personal favorite is scrambled eggs with spinach and mushrooms OR I go for my normal oatmeal. Both are great options and they keep me energized throughout the morning.
Sunday cleaning is the best cleaning. I love using my time on Sundays to clean because I know that during the week I won’t have as much time to do it. I take advantage of the free time to sweep my whole apartment, clean my bathroom, clean the kitchen, dust, and organize my desk/closet. Cleaning on Sundays helps me to feel more prepared for the week ahead and I am able to think clearly and relax better in a home that is clean and tidy.
Plan the Week
Using your Sundays to plan out the upcoming week iis what helps make Monday mornings A LOT easier. If you take the time to organize your schedule, get ahead on some work, or even plan your outfits and prepare your work bag for the next day it can help tremendously. My schedule this year in Spain is very different from what I had last year. This year I am commuting about an hour everyday. I wake up at 5:00AM and I don’t have time in the mornings to waste, so planning out my days (especially Mondays) on Sunday helps me to stay productive and conquer the week ahead.
To organize my schedule, I carry my agenda and I also have a huge personalized calendar in my room that I use to look at everyday. I use this big calendar to plan workouts, private classes, work, events, and get togethers with friends.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”…THIS. Especially with meal prep. This year I am trying to stay focused on my fitness and health. Using my Sundays to meal prep for the week ahead helps me stay on track when I am in the middle of a busy week. By meal prepping, I save money and it makes it easier for me to have healthy food on the go. When I come home after a long day it can be so easy to just give in and go somewhere to get a quick bite to eat, but meal prepping helps me to avoid this.
Everything in this post is relevant but this is probably the most important. Taking time out of everyday to treat yourself or spend some time alone is the best thing you can do for yourself. On Sundays, I like to spend the later part of the afternoon doing something that I enjoy. Usually it is reading, listening to music, or spending time with friends. It’s the perfect way to end a productive day and helps me to unwind the night before a busy week at work.
Fall Oatmeal Recipe
As you have seen in my other posts, I LOVE oatmeal. So this last Sunday I decided to make a fall inspired oatmeal:
+Oatmeal Milk (or whatever you choose, you can use Almond Milk, Soy Milk, Water..)
+Fresh Farm Apples
AND that’s it! Enjoy!