Does it seem that everywhere you look this time of year (either in real life or on Instagram) there are endless jerseys, tailgates and television screens all dedicated to football? You’re not alone. “America’s Game” seems to continue to take fall and winter Sundays (and Thursdays and Mondays) by storm—but what do you do if watching football really isn't your thing?
If you’re not into football, there are plenty of other ways you can spend closing out your weekend that have nothing to do with touchdowns, tailgates or turnovers. Here are eight winter Sunday activities that will carry you through football season and beyond.
If your partner will be out watching the games for the day, why not reclaim your bathroom and turn it into a home spa? Go all out with essential oil diffusers, a bubble bath, face and hair masks—the whole nine yards. Relax in knowing they’ll be no knocks or barging in, and the stress of the week will melt away as you prep for the new week ahead. Looking to up your home spa regimen? Here are 11 calming products to try now.
Meal prepping sometimes gets a bad rap for being time-consuming and chore-like, but it doesn’t have to be! Crank up the tunes, pour yourself a hot cup of coffee or glass of wine, and get cracking in the kitchen. Not only will you have fun trying out new recipes, but you’ll be doing something productive for yourself that means less stress and more leisurely time throughout the week. Want to try some new recipes but aren't sure where to start? Try out one of these meal kit subscriptions to get you on your way!
Quality Kitchen Time
If making meals in advance isn’t your thing but you still love cooking and baking, Sundays are the perfect time to try a new recipe, or experiment with your slow cooker. Since everything moves a bit slower on the seventh day, experiment with simmering sauces, complicated soufflés, or other recipes that might need a little more attention than your weekday typically allows.
As if you need another excuse to go hang out with your non–football loving besties, avoiding the hustle and bustle of Sunday sports is a great time to get some face time in. While pubs or sports bars may be overflowing with fans on Sundays starting at 1 p.m., nicer brunch-serving restaurants will typically be less crowded once kickoff starts. So, select a special Sunday to dress up and head out for a long and leisurely meal that starts with coffee, ends with champagne and is filled with lots of laughs in between.
Though not glamorous, if you dread the weekend crowds at the grocery stores (and who doesn’t?) it just might be a good idea to head there once the games start. You can peruse the produce aisles in peace instead of ramming into other carts and waiting in long checkout lines.
See a Movie
If a hot new film has just opened in theaters, people will typically swarm on Fridays and Saturdays for opening weekend. So, Sunday afternoons just might be prime time to see a newly released movie, and to enjoy less crowds and noise, too.
Work It Out
Whether you love heading to the gym or you have to drag yourself to that workout class, waiting to use your favorite equipment or machine is a total bummer and workout buzzkill. But, if you head to the gym during NFL prime time (a.k.a. any time after one on a Sunday) you’re bound to face less crowds than, say, during rush hour after work. Work out those Sunday scaries in peace!
As busy as life can get, there are always organizations that can use however much time and energy you are able to generously offer. Especially during this time of year, practice some gratitude and give a bit of your time to a food bank, shelter, or community event that might need a helping hand.