A Sunday reset routine is necessary if you want to have a smooth and good week ahead.
It’s important to do a Sunday reset routine because you get very busy during the week and you don’t have enough time to plan things out. By taking the time one day a week to look ahead at your calendar, you can plan and organize your week according to whatever events you may have going on so that it’s less chaotic and stressful for you.
If you’ve seen the TikTok viral trend or searched through the internet, you’ll find all kinds of different variations of a Sunday reset routine. Everyone has their own style and what they like to do in different orders. And the way they do things may all be different.
But the principle is the same. The basic principle of a Sunday reset routine is to tidy up any loose ends from the previous week, relax, and prepare for the week ahead.
If you are a parent, you may be shuttling your kids around between swim lessons, soccer practice, softball practice, birthday parties, and doctor’s appointments. Not to mention that you have to pick up groceries and figure out when you’re going to cook dinner or whether or not you’re just going to get takeout.
That’s why you need a Sunday Reset Routine. As a mom trying to manage it all, it is extremely helpful to set some time out of your day on Sunday and plan what your schedule will be like. You’ll be better prepared and less likely to have surprises come at you mid-week.
What Is A Sunday Reset Routine?
A Sunday reset routine is a day for you to get all of the things that you wanted to get done from the previous week. You tie up any loose ends, relax, and then prepare for the week ahead.
A Sunday reset routine may look different for all of us. We’re all unique individuals with varying needs and different family dynamics. You can create a Sunday reset routine however you feel works best for you.
But the goal is for you to feel refreshed, recharged, and ready to tackle the week on Monday Morning. You’ll feel better prepared and confident to take on anything life throws your way.
I will share with you some of the top things I do for my Sunday reset routine and what has helped me as a busy mom of two young toddlers. I hope that it can provide you with some ideas and inspiration to create your own Sunday reset routine. Cheers!
I have included a Sunday reset checklist printable that you can download and use. There’s some free space for you to add some of your own Sunday activities as well.
The Benefits of A Sunday Reset Routine
There are many benefits of a Sunday reset routine. If there wasn’t, it wouldn’t be such a viral TikTok trend with millions of people participating.
The benefits of having a routine in place are so that you can:
- Enjoy a productive and restful Sunday
- Tie up any loose ends from the week before
- Prepare for the week ahead
- Help you stay organized and focused on your goals for the week
- Anticipate any surprises in the following week
- Help reduce stress and anxiety about the week ahead
Plan and Prepare For The Week Ahead
Setting aside time to plan and prepare for the week ahead can be a game changer in your daily life. When you set aside time to look at your calendar and upcoming events, you can plan accordingly. You can anticipate any upcoming events and leave extra white space in your calendar for any special surprises.
Take time out to prepare for the week ahead and schedule doctor appointments, luncheons, meetings, and soccer practice. You can look ahead to see what days you’ll have time to run errands, pick up groceries, and schedule self-care activities.
You get a quick overview of the week and you can see which days may be busier than others.
If you’re a parent shuttling kids around to and from events, you may just want to have a scheduled “off day” where you don’t have anything planned at all. And you just schedule some time to be together and not do anything other than just enjoy each other’s time and company.
Days off from events are just as important to help you regroup, recollect yourself, and recharge. It’s important to take days off and spend some time to rest.
Declutter Your Purse and Home For A Focused Mind
Take a few minutes and clean out some of the items that are in your purse.
Do you have leftover receipts that need to get tossed out or accounted for? Or coins that need to make their way into your coin wallet? Are there crumbs lying at the bottom of your purse that need to get tossed out?
Do a thorough check of your purse and clean things out. Wipe down your sunglasses and reorganize your bag. Refill your carry-on hand sanitizer and pack a different colored lipstick for the week ahead.
You carry your purse, bag, fanny pack, or whatever else with you everywhere you go. Keeping it clean and organized will help you be efficient when you’re on the go. You don’t want to be shuffling and scrambling through your bag to look for your wallet when you’re paying for groceries or getting gas.
You’ll also want to declutter your home. Visual clutter around the home can increase anxiety and decrease your focus. Spend 10-20 minutes clearing flat surfaces and putting things back where they belong.
Clean Out Your Fridge
Look over your fridge and see if there are any leftovers that may be going bad. Toss out any old food, fruits, and veggies that aren’t going to make it through the week.
Give your fridge a good wipe-down. Clean and reorganize it as necessary so that when you’re getting groceries out of the fridge, it’s quick and easy.
If you pack lunch for yourself and the kids, you want to leave enough space for everyone’s lunch bags. You also want to leave enough room for any leftovers that may need to go in the fridge throughout the week.
Cleaning out your fridge and removing all of the bad stuff leaves you with more room for fresh groceries for the coming week.
Meal Plan For The Week
With that being said, meal planning is the way to go. Plan, plan, plan your meals! Not only does planning your meals help you eat healthier, but it also saves you money!
Eating out several times a week and getting a quick coffee at the local coffee shop can quickly add up by the end of the month. Save eating out for the end of the week or special occasions. Your waistline and wallet will thank you!
I have a sugar-free detox meal plan that you can use to have a week full of clean eating free from refined sugars.
And if you’re looking to lower your cholesterol and fat intake, I also have a free printable low-cholesterol meal plan here that you can download and use.
You want to plan your meals for the week so that you know what you’ll be eating for the week.
Will you make extra so that the kids and you can eat leftovers for lunch tomorrow? Or do you have soccer practice and making dinner is not an option due to time constraints? That’s okay. You can order takeout or warm something up quickly at home.
The point is that if you’re busy that day, you want to plan. If soccer practice gets done around 6 p.m., and you still have to go home and make dinner, you probably won’t sit at the table to eat till 7 p.m. and then you still have to wash the dishes, clean up, bathe the kids and get them to bed.
Perhaps making dinner on the days of soccer practice won’t be your thing then. Maybe you can make an extra serving of dinner the night before and eat leftovers again the following night. Or you can warm up a quick meal from Costco. Or an easy take-out option will be best.
But you don’t want to do that every night. You just want to plan accordingly.
By meal planning, you can also plan what groceries you need to buy. You can designate a date and time to run all your errands and go grocery shopping in one day to get it out of the way. Or you can schedule for grocery pick up or have them delivered to you if that’s more convenient.
The point is that you want to get it all done so that you’re not forgetting an ingredient and having to make multiple trips to the store throughout the week. Not only is it a hassle to forget something but it also wastes time that you could be using doing something else.
Set Goals For The Week
Set some goals for the week. They don’t have to be anything too crazy but it’s always good to have something to reach for.
Setting small goals for yourself and achieving them are great ways to boost your dopamine levels and make you feel good throughout the week.
Some small goals that you can set for yourself for the week can be:
- Drinking 2 L of water a day
- Doing 10 sit-ups, 10 push-ups, and walking for 30 minutes for 4 days this week
- Meditate for 10 minutes every day
- Turn off your phone or devices after 6 pm every day and do a digital detox in the evenings
- Say 5 positive affirmations to yourself I’m the morning
As you can see, these are very small, actionable things that you can do during the week. They’re small so it’s very easy to do and achieve.
And after you’re done accomplishing them, you get a quick dopamine rush and feel good about yourself. It’s a great way to keep your energy up, feel great, and keep the momentum going for the week.
Self- Care Sunday
As part of a Sunday reset routine, you also want to practice some self-care.
It’s important to take some time to do something for yourself so that you feel refreshed and recharged.
Some quick self-care ideas:
- Taking a much-deserved nap
- Sitting alone in some quiet time and enjoying your coffee
- Putting on a hydrating mask and doing a full skincare routine
- Putting on an exfoliating foot scrub, and giving yourself a pedicure
- Reading a couple of pages of that book you’ve been putting off
- Going out to eat and spending a little extra time in the restaurant so you can enjoy your meal and savor each bite
Taking time out and practicing a little self-care is an important part of taking care of yourself and your family. You need to recharge your batteries and do something for yourself that brings you joy.
Family Bonding Time
Spend some quality time with your family outside. Being in nature and going for walks outside has a very therapeutic effect on your mental health and can help boost dopamine levels.
I love going for walks outside because my husband and I can have a conversation without any distractions in the background. We don’t have our phones pinging alerts at us, background television pulling us away from our conversation, or children yelling and crying for our attention.
We can focus on each other and just give each other our undivided attention.
Rest and Relax
Relaxing may be different for everyone. For some people, it may be binge-watching a whole series on Netflix, and for others, it may be watering their vegetable garden and listening to the quiet sounds of nature.
Whatever your idea of relaxing is, squeeze some time to relax and recharge so that you’re ready to go on Monday and that you have an amazing week ahead.
Sleep, Sleep, Sleep
Sleep in a little extra on Sunday morning or sleep early on Sunday night. If you’re an early riser, go to bed early. And if you love snuggling in the mornings, go to bed a little earlier.
Sleeping is so important to our overall health and well-being. It helps regulate our moods, thoughts, and thinking. By getting enough sleep, you’re recharging your batteries so that you can be more focused and productive the following day. Try to get between 7-9 hours of sleep so that you can be your best self.
I know that prioritizing sleep may seem like a daunting task, especially if you’re a busy mom or you have young kids, but I promise it’ll make you a better person and you’ll be a more focused and productive person the next morning.
A Sunday reset routine is a great way to recharge, reset, and renew your spirit for the week ahead.
Getting everything done on Sunday and having a designated day to plan out your week ahead can be a game-changer for you
If you don’t have a Sunday reset routine going on, I highly recommend incorporating a few things that work for you. Again, everyone’s routines will look a little different for each individual and each family based on their needs.
But the basic principle is the same- wrap up all of the loose ends from the previous week, rest, and prepare for the week ahead.
I hope this blog post was helpful and motivates you to create your own Sunday reset routine. Let me know in the comments below what sort of things you like to do on your Sundays to recharge and prepare for the week. Sundays don’t have to be so scary with an individualized Sunday reset routine.