The Sunday Scaries can be a real thing, but they don’t have to be. I used to feel my anxiety slowly rise to a boil on Sunday nights; thinking about all the things I didn’t accomplish over the weekend, and all the items waiting for me during the week. I’d wake up on Monday morning, frantic and feeling less than refreshed. But here’s the thing: it doesn’t have to be this way!
There are a variety of different habits that can help ward off that pre work week stress, and today I’m sharing a few of my favorites. So here are 3 simple habits for a less stressful work week so you can kiss the sunday scaries buh-bye.
Allowing Yourself the Time and Space To Rest
I get it. It can feel like the weekend is the only time in the week when we can get things done around the house or in our real life. But I think we put far too much pressure on ourselves to be super productive on the weekend. Suddenly it’s Sunday night and we realize we didn’t take any time to relax. When you don’t allow yourself some time to recharge, you start the week off on a tank that’s half full. Designate a time portion of the weekend where you do something that makes you feel good (and no, not including those adult beverages you had on Saturday night).
Read a book while you drink your coffee. Take a restorative yoga class. Get breakfast with a friend. Go for a walk with your family. Take a 30 minute cat nap. Make a DIY face mask. Do a stretching routine while you wait for your clothes to finish up in the dryer Watch a movie. The point is: that you do something that helps you shift out of that fight or flight mode and recharge those batteries.
Writing Out and Prioritizing Your Weekly Tasks
Part of the Sunday night stress can be the looming list of things you have to do in the upcoming week. But look: that list is going to be the same, whether you stress over it or not. Rather than worry, take some action towards making it feel more manageable. Take out a piece of paper and write down everything you might have to do during the week. Next, prioritize. What needs to be done in the first few days? And What doesn’t? What might not even need to be accomplished this week? When you write out your impending to-do’s you’ll often be surprised by how not scary it looks on paper. You have the ability to make daily micro to-do lists from this larger list that are much more manageable, saving you a lot of unnecessary stress.
I used to have “yeah, yeah” thoughts surrounding the idea of affirmations. But I’ve come to be big believer in the power of positive thoughts and the law of attraction. We can’t necessarily control certain circumstances, but we have the ability to control our mindset surrounding the circumstance. We have the power to control our emotions and our reactions. Reciting or writing out a few positive affirmations can be aligning and help you map out how you want to feel/think in the upcoming week. Here are 5 of my favorite stress and work-related affirmations:
- I cannot control how others behave, but I’m in control of how I react.
- I am able to complete my daily tasks and can overcome challenges as they arise.
- The day may not go as I originally planned, but I am resilient and adaptive.
- I do the best work that I can with the available resource and that is enough.
- I contribute to my company/organization/workplace with intelligence and integrity.
So there you have it friends! 3 simple ways to set yourself up for a less stressful week by warding off the Sunday scaries! What habits help you set yourself up for work week success? How do you relax during the weekend? Leave a comment below to share!
Wishing you a joy-filled week!