I totally believe that the “Sunday Blues” is a real thing. That feeling of dread that sits in the pit of your stomach. The bitter-sweetness of enjoying a lazy afternoon but not really enjoying it. The melancholy feeling that seems to wrap around you sucking out all your energy. Yea, it’s a real thing.
My family is notorious for getting sucked into the Sunday Blues. My mom, my sister, my brother and even my kids. Somehow our bodies “know” that another full work week is just around the corner. Isn’t it a shame that we spend our “free” day moping around the house?
Well, mope no more! I have discovered some proven activities to make Sunday the BEST part of your week.
Try one of these five tried and true strategies to beat the Sunday Blues. 1. Make a To-Do List for the entire week
Most Sundays I feel overwhelmed just thinking about everything I have to do that week. The running list in my head goes on and on filled with work stuff, bills that need to get paid, kids activities and more. And it gets me even more frustrated when I can’t get started on them right away.
One of the best ways to create more calm is to make a running list of everything that needs to get done for the week. There is something releasing about getting the to-do’s out on paper. And then all week you get the satisfaction of crossing them off your list!
2. Create a Weekly Meal Plan & Grocery Shop
Cooking dinners and grocery shopping is one of the my least favorite tasks. I hate it. Somehow having a plan for the week helps make it less tedious.
Take an hour or so to plan out your meals and then go buy the groceries for them. I do not schedule a specific meal for each day but I do have 6 meals or so to choose from throughout the week.
3. Spend an Hour on Your Favorite Hobby
Sunday’s should be enjoyable. A day to carve out some time for yourself. Get your mind off what lies ahead for the coming week by getting lost in your favorite hobby. You may feel tired or lack energy but do it anyways! I promise that ten minutes into the project you will be feeling more energized.
As many of your probably know, I love to scrapbook. Doing just one hour of it on a Sunday feels like a little splurge on myself – like visiting a spa. I feel re-energized and ready to go.
4. Schedule Plans with a Friend
We all need something to look forward in the coming week besides going to work or chasing kids around the house. Making plans to visit a friend, have a date night, or a play date gives you that “something” to look forward to.
Reach out to family or friends and make a date with them for the following week. It could be something as simple as meeting at the library or going to a movie. If planning a date night, schedule a babysitter so you can be excited about the date itself rather than having to worry about who will watch the kids.
5. Get Outside and Move Around
With the days getting shorter and our daylight dwindling, it seems like we go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. Spending time outdoors is not only good for the body but also good for the soul. Taking Sunday to enjoy an outside activity not only makes your body feel good but can also combat that stress you are feeling. I don’t care if it is blazing hot or freezing cold, even a fifteen minute stroll breathing in fresh air can do wonders for the spirit.
Do any of these activities interest you? Comment below on how you plan on beating those Sunday Blues!