One thing that frustrates me about Sunday is that, despite the fact that it is regarded a weekend where you can have fun all over the world, this is not always the case. Because Sunday is like pre-Monday, where you need to get your life in order in hopes to deal with the Monday blues. I understand.
Sometimes you wish there was a day between Saturday and Sunday simply for one extra day of rest or enjoyment, but let’s face it, Sunday is merely a warning that Monday is approaching and we need to brace ourselves.
But have you ever considered why there is so much anxiety about Monday even before the actual “MONDAY” begins? Based on my observations of myself, I believe we are overly critical of ourselves on Monday.
According to Greatist, research shows that people who are anxious at work are more happy on the weekends. So don’t just obsess over Saturday and Sunday. Try to spread the excitement by organising a fun activity during the week, such as a movie night with friends. Throw out the notion of living only for the weekend.
Aside from that thought, here are five more things you may do on Sundays to prepare for Mondays.
1. Establish a calming evening routine on Sunday.
Please try to avoid going out and coming home late on Sunday nights. Coming home late on Sunday night may interrupt your sleep schedule for the week and ruin your Monday morning. Instead, unwind by doing some skin care and going to bed early. So you can get a full 8 to 9 hours of sleep before Monday grinds you up.
2. Prepare your things on Sunday night.
You could be someone who gets up early on Mondays to go to work, or you could be someone who gets up early to catch the school bus. In any case, getting your stuff ready ahead of time will save you from having a hectic Monday morning. Iron and lay out your attire the night before, and prepare your bag and belongings. It will just take 15 to 25 minutes but you will be thankful the next morning.
3. Complete your weekly to-do list on Sunday.
This is another regular practice that should be followed religiously. It may appear to be a little old-fashioned, but there is a philosophy behind it. Making a plan to achieve an objective, such as listing steps on a to-do list, can assist your mind to lay it aside so you can focus on other things.
First and foremost, you’ll be able to organise your week ahead of time, which is the primary goal of this article. Second, you’ll be able to work more efficiently and likely finish your work before the weekend arrives. If this happens, you will be able to truly enjoy your weekend by not thinking about the upcoming weekdays.
4. Do something enjoyable on Sunday before calling it a day.
Make sure that fun activities happen at home. Having fun does not always imply attending a late-night party or meeting up with pals. It can be as easy as spending time with family to watch your favorite TV show, cooking your favorite meal, playing video games or board games with your partner, and so forth.
This type of soothing activity will allow you to get a decent night’s rest before Monday. Plan your outings for Friday and Saturday nights, and leave time for rest on Sunday.
5. Sleep early on Sunday and generate good vibes for Monday.
This is another good habit that few people do because most of us want to spend the entire Sunday out with the mindset that ” the night is still young.” You don’t want to be sleep deprived on Monday morning, do you? So, simply go to bed early and get at least 8 hours of sleep.
Also, when you wake up the next morning, try to be a bit earlier and just generate pleasant feelings before you start your weekday. It might be uplifting music, 5 minutes of stretching, or simply listening to your favorite podcast. This will help you get in a good mood for the morning.
I’m not an expert at this, but I’ve had Monday blues almost every week before. I used to hit the snooze button nearly ten times a day because I just can’t get out of bed as energetically as others. But I recognise that this is because I don’t prepare my Sundays before Monday. As a result, here are some things you may do to avoid the Monday blues.
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