It’s Sunday night… A night that often comes with a tinge (or full on downpour) of anxiety as you realized the weekend is coming to an end, and the work week is right around the corner.
If you’re anything like me, when that moment of realization hits and the sun starts to go down on Sunday evening, you panic.
Internally, I scream “Nooooooooooooooooo!!!” with all of the dramatics you might see from an Oprah Winfrey movie, and try to refocus my mind on the remaining hours of Sunday before me.
But, sometimes, I find myself feeling dread. Sadness, even. Can you relate?
I still struggle with this feeling at times, but, through trial and error, I’ve figured out a few things that help. I don’t know about you, but I decided that I didn’t want to waste time feeling tired or anxious on Sundays due to work, something that will always be a part of life.
I set out to find a way to FULLY enjoy my weekends and approach the work week with more positivity. Here are my secrets to Sunday self-care and getting my mind right for the work week.
Let Yourself Have All (or most) of Sunday
Sometimes, we treat Sunday like a day to use simply for preparing for Monday and the rest of the work week. But, this special day is so much more than that. It’s an entire day, 24 hours, that you can do anything you want with! Personally, I do my grocery shopping on Saturdays, so that I don’t have to spend all of Sunday cooking and running errands. Even just that simple shift allows me to relax and enjoy more of my Sunday evenings.
Another way to make the most out of Sunday is to make plans! Go to church and praise the Good Lord! See a concert in the evening! Go to the movies! Add fun elements into your day so that it feels like more than just a “prep” day, because it is! Since I’ve started treating Sundays like another weekend day and have started spreading my errands out through the weekend, I’ve noticed that I’m in a much better mood when going to work on Monday. I feel ready to tackle the work day, knowing that I spent at least one whole days giving to myself.
Some Sundays, you may have to respond to an email or two, but the more of your Sunday that you claim for yourself, the more you’ll feel like you #reclaimed your time.
Pamper Yourself Physically
I’m talking face masks, painted toes, acrylic nails, shea butter lotion, the whole nine yards! A little bit of Sunday pampering goes a long way and is another way you can give to yourself and replenish the energy that often gets drained from a demanding week. You don’t have to have bags and bags of cash to pamper yourself.
When I’m on a budget (which feels like always), I trade a trip to the nail shop, with an at-home DIY manicure and love rubbing myself down with my favorite body oil.
I know this goes against all of the rules. After all, Sunday dinners are when you’re supposed to eat so much you slump over and get the “itis,” right?
As good as it may feel to eat your auntie’s greens, potatoes, and mac and cheese, it feels even better to eat clean food that will boost your energy. When you feed your body nutritious, healthy food, you prepare it for the week and set yourself up to feel good and whole heading into Monday.
Trust me, I love my greens. But, I love having energy even more. Saving the greens for Saturday is good enough for me.
Call Somebody You Love
There’s nothing like hearing the voice of someone you love when you’re stressing about the work week. Hearing your mom’s soothing voice, or the wild stories your best friend never fails to have on deck helps ground you and remind you that there’s so much more to life than work. You are so much more than your job title. Talking to my loved ones never fails to remind me of who I am outside of work and brings me joy. Speaking of joy….
Do At Least One Thing that Brings You Joy
What brings you joy? Have you done it lately? Sunday is the perfect day to do something just for you. Whether it’s taking a dance class, or watching you favorite childhood movie, do something you love! This is particularly relevant if you spend your work week doing a job you don’t love. Getting some joy flowing on Sunday can carry you into the work week feeling goooooooddddd.
Okay, I’m dropping the mic now. What do you do to prepare for the work week? I’d love to know! Drop a comment below and let me know your best tips!