Here’s How To Wind Down After A Stressful Week

Just as a morning routine is the key to a successful day, so is the art of winding down. It’s not always easy to release the tension — stress can really raise those cortisol levels, but it’s important to find the tools that help to dial it down. It can be a ritual that involves creating an environment which sets the mood and signals to our brain and body to relax and recoup. It can be as simple as lighting a candle, burning incense, spraying the room with a calming scent, anything that relays a message to your senses that the time has come to let go and be still.

Feeling inspired to create your own Sunday nighttime routine too? Keep reading to learn more about how to create a moment of escapism for yourself at week end and prioritize self-care. Let’s kick back and unwind together.

What time should your Sunday nighttime routine begin?

Around 8pm — this is usually after dinner and when your kids are in bed. Trust us, once you have kids, this is the only time you can truly get to yourself.

What’s the first you should do to wind down on a Sunday night?

Take a warm shower to soothe any body tension. Prior to jumping in, add a touch of your favorite room spray to scent the bathroom and provide a moment of escapism. If you want a bit of extra, you can use some shower paste which doubles as a wash, making your skin super smooth, boosting circulation, and also smells so divine. Then dry yourself off with a towel that’s antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and made with eco-friendly fibers — you’ll notice a definite improvement in your skin.

How to deal with Sunday scaries?

Taking a hot relaxing bath, lighting your favorite candle, dimming the lights, leaving you with a calming atmosphere. Self-care is so important, especially in times like this where everything is slightly more chaotic and uncertain. During the day, we also encourage you to try to take a walk whenever you get the chance, work those leg muscles and get in as many steps as possible. Being in nature always helps clear your head and bring you into the present moment— it’s an amazing way to de-stress and relax.

What should you never do on a Sunday night?

Sunday is a day of rest — the day is perfect for catching up on the little things to do around the house, planing and getting organized for the week ahead.

Taking your kids to the park, going for a hike with your partner, or having outdoor fun with your loved ones — all great ways for some exercise and beloved family time. Personally, the things I don’t do include laundry because I like to get this out of the way on Friday or Saturday. And also I would avoid making any plans as I prefer not to have any commitments on Sundays.

Working on Sunday?

Keeping this night free of work to be with family before the week begins is a nice way to focus on your loved ones, and give them the attention they need and carve out some self-care time.

What should be on your nightstand?

Having a glass of water on your nightstand is a good way to nourish the body the first thing in the morning. You will find yourself far more alert and productive when hydrated. In the morning, journaling also helps to get all my thoughts and ideas down on paper first thing before my day gets busy.

Also, don’t forget about your skin and lips, you got to keep them hydrated, for example, having a perfume oil bedside you to fill your room with a refreshing and calming scent, it’ll truly nourish your skin while you sleep.

Meal prepping?

Meal prepping is a good way to not feel so rushed, especially in the morning. It’s a great way to be organized and be prepared for the start of a new day.

Sunday movie night?

Sundays are perfect for family movie nights, a wonderful bonding experience filled with laughter and joy — getting lost in a great story will clear your mind for a busy week ahead.

Does bedding matter?

Of course — having a comfortable bedding definitely has an effect on your slumber. If you’re in need of a good bedding, try the Australian brand Cultiver Linen on our bed which is so soft and cozy. If you prefer a more hotel feel, you can also try Crane & Canopy — your body will melt into the sheets and makes you feel like you’re in holiday mode.

As we are surrounded by competition every day and in a 24/7 society, it can be difficult to wind down. But you’ve got to remember we have lots of time to spare than our body. We are only given one body, so without a healthy body, how can we keep up? Hope these tips will let you appreciate what you have, and that it’s important to slow down at least once a week, because that’s what Sunday is all about.

Xoxo, Messycafe.

One thought on “Here’s How To Wind Down After A Stressful Week

  1. Beautiful post here Friend. Through the hustle and bustle of life and the desire to do everything, we end up wearing ourselves out. For stress, I recommend a few things. First, start by putting God first, and begin your day with a prayer to God and a heart for God. God is able to orchestrate several things and he can use divine assistance to make our day easier. Second, we need to treat our body like a temple. Energy giving foods are a great resource. Thirdly, we need to take little breaks every now and then to refresh.

    The most important of these is God. When things get tough, we can always reach out to him for help. 
    The Bible says in Philippians 4:6
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”.

    God says in Jeremiah 29:11
    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

    If anyone reading is interested in building a relationship with God, I have a post on that here:

    There is much more to know about God. I post frequently on my blog about topics related to God. You are welcome to follow my blog to keep up with my content. See my blog here: 

    -All the best. May God bless you. 


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