By Bailey G
Do you suffer from the “Sunday Scaries?” You know, that overwhelming sense of anxiety and impending doom that comes with starting a new work or school week all over again. Well, you’re not alone! Trust me that this a very real feeling, and sometimes can lead to you procrastinating to the point that by the time Monday rolls around, you’re already doomed.
Let’s combat those Sunday Scaries! The best thing you can do for yourself is to take a least an hour or two of your day to get organized and prioritize for the week ahead. I can hear the internal groan in your head right now…but trust me in that it will save you anxiety and stress in the long run if you set yourself up for success right now.
So…what does that look like?
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big fan of the planner. Whether it’s physical or digital, outlining your priorities, to-dos, and calendar events for the week can not only be soothing but they help you feel like each day is a little bit more manageable as opposed to just flying blind into the week ahead.
I fill out my day design planner for the week ahead, including my workouts and goals to help keep me on track. I also put it all into my Google Calendar, which helps me visualize what my week is going to look like. Once it’s all on the calendar, it’s easy to understand what meals I need, what events I need to prep for, and where I can fit in the things, I want to do that week.
If you’re anything like me, then along with the work week comes the dread of the workout schedule. I find it helpful to map out and plan my workouts into my calendar on Sunday’s for the coming week because it helps hold me accountable when that time actually rolls around. I go to spin class twice a week, and then try to do core/strength/or running the other three days. Planning workouts ahead of time help to make sure they actually get into my schedule and I don’t fall behind.
I can’t focus on anything if my house and myself, aren’t clean. To get energized for the work week ahead, I find Sundays can be the best time to not only get focused but get clean! It’s been proven that you think better, are more productive, and happier when you’re in a clean home. I know life gets busy, especially as a young adult, so try to make an effort to at least tidy up a bit once a week. Sundays are also when we do our grocery shopping so that our kitchen is well stocked for the week and we don’t have to worry about it again.
#SelfCareSunday might be a trending joke on Twitter when the last part of the weekend rolls around, but it’s actually no laughing matter. Part of setting yourself up for success during the workweek involves taking care of yourself and refreshing your mindset. For me, this involves either a bubble bath with a bath bomb, a face mask, a light workout, the aroma of a new candle, or a good book. No matter what your self-care routine is, make an effort to give yourself a little love on Sundays too.
Well, Ramblers, I know another week lies ahead, but you got this! Prepare now, worry less. And did I mention that even with my productivity routine on Sundays, I still have plenty of time for free-time? It’s all about balance, now go find yours!