Sunday evening do you start feeling anxious about the upcoming week?
For no apparent reason do you get grouchy?
Start thinking about calling in sick Monday morning?
At first, I thought it was only me who got like this. But then I started talking with co-workers and found out many of them were experiencing the same thing.
I also ran across an article addressing it. I was glad that it wasn’t just me, but it made me think.
Why does this happen?
How can I recognize it when it’s happening?
But most of all, what can I do about it?
I’m not going to discuss the why, we can talk about the science behind it later, and I’m not going to discuss how to recognize the symptoms, you know if you’re feeling down. I’m going to jump straight into what you can to do to combat these feelings and reclaim your Sunday evening.
Here are 5 easy ways to quickly chase away those ‘Sunday Night Blues’.
1. GIVE YOURSELF SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO
It can be hard to wake up on Monday for work or school (or whatever else it is you normally do after the weekend) and it’s easy to think of all the reasons why you don’t want to get out of bed.
This is exactly why you need something to look forward to.
Order something to be delivered during the week from your favorite online indulgence (mine happens to be joyus.com).
Nothing can cheer me up quite as quickly as seeing a Joyus package sitting on my front porch. 🙂
Schedule lunch with a friend.
You should plan fun things to do throughout the week. Break up the day to day monotony.
Find a new way to style an outfit to wear.
Mix things up a bit. Try wearing the crazy shoes in your closet or that new shirt you’ve been reserving for just the right occasion. Toss on a tie and pretend you’re the boss. You can rock it!
Schedule one evening of the week that you will do absolutely nothing; a mid-week rest night.
Take a long relaxing bubble bath. Snuggle up in bed with a good book or your favorite episode of Modern Family. Take an evening during the week to just do whatever makes you happy but don’t forget about the “rest” part of the night.
2. PREPARE WHATEVER YOU CAN TO BE READY FOR A SMOOTH MONDAY MORNING
- Set out clothes.
- Pack lunches.
- Make sure any homework is done.
- Write Monday’s To-Do List.
When you know you’re going to wake up to an organized morning your stress immediately goes down.
3. GET OUT OF YOUR SUNDAY ROUTINE
- Phone a friend you haven’t talked to for a while.
- Go for an evening walk.
- Bake something and share it with a neighbor.
Mark Twain said it best when he said, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up.”
The list of things you can do is never-ending. It doesn’t really matter what you do, as long as it’s not a part of your normal routine. This is a good distraction and you may even forget that tomorrow is Monday! (for a couple of hours at least)
4. BE IN THE PRESENT
This may seem obvious, but sometimes it slips past us. Instead of thinking about Monday, enjoy the present moment. Practice mindfulness. Reader’s Digest says, “Being present is undoubtedly the only way to enjoy life to the fullest.”
Recently I was at the mall and I ran across a little hummingbird sitting on a water fountain. Now, the mall is not normally a super relaxing place to be, but when I stopped and took a few pics of that little bird it brought an unexpected peace into my day. By being aware of the everyday small things around me I was able to enjoy a moment of relaxation and reflection on an ordinary shopping trip.
5. MAKE A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO CHANGE YOUR MINDSET
As soon as you start feeling yourself getting down, tell yourself, “I have the Sunday evening blues and I’m not going to let them ruin the last few hours of my weekend.” Then go find yourself something distracting to do!
I have found that just by recognizing that there’s no physical reason for me to feel down, it can put me in a better mental state to enjoy the evening instead of sitting there dwelling on the stresses of the upcoming week.
I hope you find some of these ideas useful.
Give them a try and let me know how they work for you. And of course I’d love to hear any ideas you may have if you’d like to share!!!
And for more fun and inspiring ways to tackle your week look for my upcoming Motivation Monday post! 🙂
Stay happy friends,