Why Sunday Should Be A Day Of Rest

Blog Post created by RoseH on Jul 26, 2020

This is an excerpt from Healthy Living Lab created by

People who work during the week, often try to fill their weekend with the rest of the responsibilities. You get extra workouts in, plan family time and weekend trips, do home improvement, take care of cleaning and chores, and many other things.

While it is good to take advantage of days where your work responsibilities are put on hold, trying to do too much 7 days a week is going to lead to a lot of stress.

 Leave Your Work for the Work Week

If you have a habit of constantly worrying about work whether you are working or not, you are making the stress and overwhelm in your life a lot worse. This is often where burnout comes from, because you are basically working 24/7, whether you are in the office, talking to clients, answering emails, or just can’t stop thinking about work.  The best thing you can do is only focus on work while you are at work.  If you happen to work from home, have a dedicated workspace. This makes it easier to switch your mindset from work to being at home. You know that if you aren’t in your office or at your desk, you should not be focused on your job 

Take a Rest from Everything on Sunday

The best way to find this balance is to have Saturday be your 6th day of work or personal responsibilities for the week, then leave Sunday open for yourself. Sunday should be your day of rest...  no running errands, doing household chores, or working. It is normal to want to take advantage of the weekend to get things done, but schedule them for Saturday.  This doesn’t mean you have to lay around all day, but it is a day where you decide what you want to do with your time. This might be an outing with your family, going shopping, taking a midday nap, baking cookies, or doing crafts at home.


Your Mind and Body Need Rest!

Remember that both your mind and body need proper rest. Even if your idea of resting on Sunday is working on your couch, you are still working.  You should have at least one day or even half a day a week with no work, no chores, and no responsibilities. This is needed for proper self-care, stress relief, and just allowing your mind and body to unwind.

Here are some ideas of things you can do to rest both your mind and body:

Write in a journal or planner. Journaling is a good way to get all those worries and thoughts out of your mind, so that your brain is clear for relaxing and not stressing so much...

Meditate. Meditation is going to relax your body and mind, and help you with your breathing practice...

Go for a walk or hike. Exercise doesn’t have to cause you stress or be something that is uncomfortable. Think of a light form of exercise that is good for your body and mental health...

Spend time with loved ones. It is still okay to be social when you have a day of rest, as long as it is something relaxing that you enjoy. This might be a family game night, or inviting friends over...

Take a hot bath. Baths are wonderful for self-care, and allow you some time to yourself...

Read a book. This is a great way to rest...


Balancing work and rest is paramount to minimizing stress, and having a healthy and happy life.