Sunday is my favorite day of the week. I like nothing better than taking the day to relax and unwind. I’m super predictable, what can I say!

With the launch of DiveThru coming quickly, my weekdays are abundant with things to do so taking it slow on the weekend is getting extra meaningful.

I NEED that weekend time to forget about work, be myself and just hang out with Riley, King Rio & Biggus. Plus I notice a huge difference in my performance with my work when I take at least one full day off on the weekend.

This is what self care is really all about. Although if you’ve been anywhere on social media over the past year, you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise. It’s all about retreats, spa days, expensive brunches and mani/pedis….

Sure, this can be lovely – but I also don’t think your self-care routine has to come with such a high price tag. Here’s my low-key Sunday self-care routine:

(While the self-care routines that follow don’t require lofty amounts of money, they do require time. I acknowledge that having time is a luxury. Not everyone is gifted with time to invest in themselves in this way. If you’re working with limited time I recommend making a conscious effort to breathe deeply throughout your entire week. It’s incredible how impactful breathing can be.)

1. The Longest Bath Ever

Funny story… I hated baths up until about nine months ago. I thought they were gross. Why would I want to sit in a puddle of my own filth? Anywaaaays… These days, I’m all about baths. They’re the perfect opportunity to take time for yourself.

If you want, you can go hardcore and buy Epsom salts, bath bombs, flower petals, essential oils and all of that good stuff (which I love). But, you can also just fill up your tub with water and allows its warmth to soothe your soul.

Baths almost always make my Sunday Self-Care day. I even get romantic and light some candles and crack open a book. Ahhh…bliss!

2. Alllll the reading

Sunday is my day for reading. In the bath, couch, and under a pile of puppies. Books everywhere!

I’m not exactly reading to relax. I read to feel empowered. I choose a lot of self-help or business books. They leave me feeling excited and inspired – which I think is a beautiful way to unwind and rejuvenate.

3. PJ Party

When I was younger, I used to spend all day on the weekends in my PJs. I also didn’t have a mortgage to pay, groceries to get or puppies to care for.

Even though life has gotten busier, it’s nice to slow things down so much that you don’t get out of your PJs. I feel like it takes me back to the younger days where I had no responsibilities – and sometimes that’s the type of self-care I need.

Recently I treated myself and invested in some seriously comfy (and hella cute) jammies from ThirdLove. I had gotten some bras from them, and they were so comfy – I knew their other pieces would be the same. You can get yourself a pair here and use the discount Gray15 to get 15% off!

4. Connect with yourself via journaling & meditation

If you didn’t know, I’m all about connecting with yourself. Like… I’m reaaaalllly into it. It’s what I nerd out over (I even built an entire app about it).

Journaling and meditating make for a perfect opportunity to take time for yourself and show yourself self-care on your special Sunday (and every day of the week).

Unsure of where to start? Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and ask yourself: How am I doing today?

5. Go phone-free (or at least social media free)

This is a hard one for a lot of people. It was incredibly hard for me at first. These days I crave technology free days. I even go as far as going out without a cellphone… the terror!

Let’s be honest… being constantly plugged into the online world is exhausting. We deserve a break – from knowing what other people are doing.

By ungluing your face from your phone, you give yourself the opportunity to actually check in with how you’re doing. And that is awesome.

In my opinion, self-care isn’t a trend or just a buzzword. It’s essential to living your best life which you are deserving of, as you are, now. Never forget that.

What’s your favorite self-care practice?