Simple Sundays can change your life
I’m almost always happy, but sometimes I think I’ve forgotten how to relax.
My weeks are always enjoyable, but full.
Switching off is a challenge because there are always so many things I want to do!
A couple of years ago I read a book called Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne, on the recommendation of a friend. I couldn’t put it down.
It was full of common sense and it clarified and confirmed some thoughts I had about family routines.
“The busier your life, the more your children need and will benefit from the establishment of a sense of rhythm.”
Kim John Payne
Having a simple Sunday routine helps me to relax at the end of a typically busy week.
As a mother, I sometimes feel guilty if I put my needs above the needs of my family, even though I know that guilt is not a positive emotion, or a helpful one.
I also know that when I take time for myself I am more likely to be patient instead of grumpy and I’m less likely to forget the important things that help to make all our lives easier.
Once I finished reading Simplicity Parenting I made two important decisions.
- Create a meal structure for the week.
- Keep Sundays simple.
Systems and routines sound dull but can actually be enriching. I sat down with my family and we discussed whether to have a meal routine and they were all in favour.
We tried lots of different ways to do this but now I make an outline meal plan once a month and adjust it weekly depending on our schedule.
This works well most of the time and is good for our budget, plus we rarely have any food waste and we definitely eat better.
My Sunday routine
- Spend time at home.
- Take care of myself a little more than I usually do.
- Spend some time on a hobby.
Some things we enjoy on Sundays
- A walk with our dog.
- Cuddle up and watch a film (winter).
- Do some gardening at our allotment (summer).
Get ready for the week
- Catch up with any laundry.
- Check if any homework needs to be finished.
- Declutter and tidy.
- Plan meals for the week ahead.
- Make soup for packed lunches.
- Bake cookies or a cake.
How I take care of myself
- Have a face mask or maybe a pedicure.
- Tidy up my clothes.
- Sit down with my journal and plan my week.
All of these are really simple things to do and they help me to relax and feel grounded. They give a rhythm to my week that I have come to appreciate.
Some Sundays I might have other commitments, but the routine stays the same even when I’m not around.
When Sundays are relaxed, we’re all able to start the week in a more positive way.
The first book I read on Buddhism was by Thich Nhat Hanh. I’ve recently come back to him through a lovely book: How to Love.
The book is mainly focused on romantic relationships, but I found many insights that help me be more aware of my love for my family.
One of my favourite parts of the book is a mantra: This is a happy moment.
“When we feed and support our own happiness we are nourishing our own ability to love. That’s why to love means to nourish the art of our happiness.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Keeping my Sunday simple makes me stop and feel thankful for what I have, and that makes me feel happier.
When I’m happier, I’m more able to enjoy small moments before we all start yelling or someone starts complaining, which is all part of normal family life.
I hope you’ll try keeping Sunday simple.
If you enjoyed reading this, maybe you’ll share it with someone else who might enjoy it too.