If you spend Sundays dreading the upcoming workweek, you are not alone. In fact, the majority of Americans at least occasionally get the Sunday night blues. But there are a few things you can do to ward off the “Sunday scaries” and put yourself in the right mindset for a successful week at work.
How Can You Prevent the Sunday Scaries?
Prepare on Friday
You probably can’t wait to leave work behind on Friday afternoon. But before you go, take a few minutes to prepare for the upcoming week. Write a to-do list. Finish up any small remaining tasks. Answer your email. You’ll have a whole new attitude over the weekend if you know that you’re ready for the week ahead.
Flip Saturday and Sunday
Most people spend Saturday relaxing and then do chores and other annoying tasks on Sunday. But this just puts you in an anxious and overwhelmed state of mind that allows dread to set in. Instead, get your household projects done on Saturday, and leave yourself Sunday free to do whatever you want.
Prioritize What Brings You Joy
There are an endless number of ways to fill your time, and it’s easy to waste an entire day scrolling through your phone. To overcome this tendency, choose one thing to do each Sunday that truly makes you happy. It could be playing video games or shooting hoops or having lunch with friends. The specifics don’t matter as long as you are enjoying yourself.
Spending Sunday on the couch allows your mind to wander, making it easy for the Sunday scaries to strike. But even a short bout of exercise will boost your endorphins (the natural feel-good chemicals in your brain) and help improve your mood.
Make Sunday evening all about self-care. Take a hot bath, sip a glass of wine, read a good book, or simply spend a few minutes meditating. You’ll feel refreshed, find it easier to sleep, and keep your anxieties at bay.