5 Ways to Stave Off the Sunday Scaries
Every Sunday I write a new blog post and you wanna know why? To keep my sometimes Sunday scaries at bay. Those Sunday scaries are the anxious, nervousness, didn’t-get-enough-done-this-weekend, gotta-go-back-to-work-tomorrow feelings that SO MANY of us get on Sunday afternoons. It’s not because we’re dreading going back to work or aren’t excited to start the week ahead, but it’s just like you wish the weekend could be an extra day to chill or get things done!
The Sunday scaries may not pop up every weekend, but man when they do - it’s like a whoosh of emotion that I was not prepared for. Over the years though, I’ve developed a few routines to help me stay focused, enjoy my Sunday and prep for a meaningful Monday! Keep reading for the 5 ways I stave off the Sunday scaries and have worked to take back my weekends!
1 - Stay busy and don’t look at the clock - This one seems pretty obvious, but it’s true. The busier and more productive you are on your Sunday, the less you will feel the dread of losing your weekend. It will help you feel accomplished, while not sitting around wasting the day. I live my life by the clock (super weird, I know), so the more I look at the clock on a Sunday, the more that I’m like, “Okay, I have 4 more hours to get things done … now three hours … now two hours … etc.” It’s almost like a countdown to overwhelm. Don’t do it to yourself friend and just keep yourself busy!
2 - Do something for yourself - Whether you love a good face mask, painting your nails (I used to do that before student teaching each week), or want to bake something, take some time to do something you love. This will keep your emotions regulated and help you enjoy the last little bit of your weekend!
3 - Prep for the week ahead - If I’m feeling anxious on a Sunday, it’s usually because I have a big week ahead. Give yourself the room to take away some of the business if your week by prepping for the days ahead. That could be the every-popular meal prepping, setting your clothes out, or doing another load of laundry. Whatever it is, find comfort in knowing that that is less time you’ll have to commit to doing that activity during the week!
4 - Set some goals for the week - The Sunday scaries often come upon us because we are looking ahead to what the week is going to bring. If your thoughts are clouded with that, consider writing down what’s on your mind and setting some goals for the days ahead. This will get it out of your brain and on paper so that you can truly worry about it tomorrow. This also might give you something fun to look forward to, especially if you know you need to prepare for that exciting meeting or you want to schedule a lunch date with a work bestie!
5 - Make a gratitude list - As a naturally anxious person, I find that listing all of the things I’m grateful for helps reduce my anxiety and worry for what’s to come. It allows me to focus on the good things and the positives going on around me so that I can recenter and channel that energy into the week. For example right now I’m grateful for: my parents coming into town this week, a community of excited professionals ready to do the great work in higher education and my new class on career intervention starting in a few weeks!
While these may seem minor, instituting just one of them into your Sunday routine can help stave off the scaries and feelings of anxiety. Do you have a go-to routine when you’re feeling overwhelmed for the days ahead? Share what works for you in the comments!