We all know the feeling. Around 4 or 5 o’clock on Sunday night, it hits you: Monday is tomorrow, you’re whole weekend has come and gone, and you’re just not ready to take on the world. That feeling of dread can tarnish all those amazing weekend memories and can completely stress you out.
The last few weeks, the Sunday Scaries have been too real for us. Shannon’s grad classes are starting up again and work is starting to pick up again in my world. We’re trying our best to cling on to the summer but we’re like that kid in daycare who refuses to let go!
Welcome to adulthood, I guess. Here’s how we’re getting by:
Yikes, that felt gross to write. But! Think about it, if you plan fun things on Monday, it gives you something to look forward to! It can be something as simple as grabbing coffee with a friend, catching up over Happy Hour, or scheduling a post-work manicure. Do something that makes you happy and also makes the transition into the week a little smoother.
The Sunday Scaries End on Thursday
Avoiding the Sunday Scaries starts on Thursday afternoon. Not even kidding, I have a calendar alert set for 2:30 p.m. on Thursday to do a mental audit of the work I’ve done–and need to get done–to make the next week successful. This gives me plenty of time to tie up some loose ends on Friday and set myself up for a smooth Monday morning. I make sure I’m prepared for my Monday meeting, schedule out my tasks, and ensure team members have what they need from me before we close up shop.
Boozy Brunch is Great, But Clean Clothes are Better
Let me back up. We’re still doing brunch. But! On Friday night/Saturday morning, assess what you need to do in terms of housekeeping. Toss a load of laundry in before you go out so you can just switch it over when you get home. You don’t need to skip out on plans as long as you think ahead to working those chores into your schedule.
Make an Appointment to Chillllllll
It can be anything from a manicure to a walk to reading, just make sure you carve out a chunk of time that’s just for you on Sunday night. I often feel so overwhelmed because I’ve packed my weekend with other people. While I love my friends, I realize I end up giving myself little-to-no time to just sit and think about about what I want to achieve this week/month/year. Give yourself a little break from everyone else and recenter yourself.
Be Real About your Stress
Get down to the nitty gritty and figure out what is REAAAAALLY the thing stressing you out. Trust me, no one wants to do it but addressing your anxieties about the week ahead can seriously change your outlook. More often than not, I’m stressed about having everything ready to go for an early morning meeting but I’ve never been unprepared — but yet every Sunday I stress myself out about it. For me, it’s about taking a step back, thinking about the realistic outcomes of your fears and assessing if your stress is unfounded or not. Mind over matter!
Chase those Zzzzzs
I mean duh, this seems obvious. But think about it, over the weekend we completely throw our bodies off our sleep cycle! We get used to staying up late and sleep in so do yourself a favor and start the wind-down process a little earlier than usual. For me that means getting ready for bed an hour earlier and doing anything I can to make myself extra cozy (and drowsy, hello boring book) before bed.
Have any tips to making your weekend last a little longer? Share in the comments below!