Sundays are the perfect time to bid a hectic past week adieu and welcome an exciting week ahead.
However, this is not a parallel or a perfect world.
When we realize that Monday is only one sleep away, our stomachs start to churn and our minds become filled with hazy, disturbing, and distressful thoughts – making the start of the week filled with anxiety and fear.
If you want to manage these Sunday “scares” and avoid getting the dread of a looming Monday morning, here are some tips you can try to make your Sunday a fun day again!
1. Never let “life” pile up on a Sunday
It’s tempting to accomplish many things on a Sunday – planning for the upcoming week, meal preps, plotting meetings, appointments, and more.
Cramping up your Sunday schedule tends to overestimate what you can accomplish in a 24-hour period, leaving some tasks unfulfilled and making you feel frustrated and anxious.
You can try planning things on a Friday afternoon and get your weekly chores done on a Saturday morning before heading out with friends. In this manner, you can offload Sunday tasks and allow it to be a day of relaxation.
2. Dance, run, bike, or get moving
Cannot enjoy your favorite TV series because your mind’s wondering how hectic the upcoming week’s going to be?
Cannot comfortably sit down with friends during brunch because you feel like worrying? It’s okay. It’s your body’s natural response.
But, if these Sunday jitters keep on destroying any relaxing and exciting activities you have planned for the day, it’s time to try a different approach.
Whenever you feel like you cannot sit down because you’re too anxious, try moving! Try sweating it out or try doing jumping jacks – physical activity will help you get back to the present.
3. Release your worries by journaling or meditating
Coming to terms with the fact that Monday is only a day away is not enough to address the anxiety you feel. Sometimes, it’s best to lay down all of your worries on a piece of paper.
Try setting at least 10 to 20 minutes to write all of your thoughts in a notepad. At the same time, avoid writing down while in your bedroom. As much as possible, do this activity in your designated workspace or your living area – with no distractions, just you and your thoughts.