The Sunday Scaries: Don’t get caught up in the end-of-the-week slump. Follow these seven steps to enter a new week with intention and a positive attitude.
What are Sunday Scaries? If you start feeling intensely anxious or full of dread every Sunday, then you might have the Sunday Scaries. Sunday Scaries is a form of anticipatory anxiety. It involves uneasiness and tension about something yet to happen, in this case, the upcoming week.
Besides the feeling of impending doom that you experience as your weekend draws to a close and Monday creeps closer, your body might manifest anxiety in physical ways too:
Don’t let the Sunday Scaries suck the fun out of your last few hours of free time. Here are 7 easy and practical things you can do to keep a happy, healthy mindset when the Sunday Scaries come knocking.
Become aware of the thoughts that pop into your mind when you feel queasy about the coming week. Spend time processing those thoughts and work on replacing negative, defeatist ideas with positive affirmations. For example, instead of thinking, “I don’t want to go to work tomorrow.” tell yourself, “I’ve got this!”
Positive imagery can fool your mind into being calmer and more confident. When you wake up on Sunday morning, try to picture calmly navigating your day.
Not only will the exercise-induced endorphins uplift your mood, but you will also be able to sleep better. Make sure to schedule exercise on Sundays.
You can only truly recharge your batteries when you switch off from all external stresses. Avoid the temptation of checking your inbox over the weekend. Maybe even try a short digital detox each Sunday.
Consistency and routine help our minds and bodies better anticipate what lies ahead. This, in turn, leads to less time spent in adrenaline-spiked fight-or-flight mode. Create a plan with enjoyable activities that will help you start your week on the right note. Schedule self-care Sundays, bake cookies, or set time aside to watch a favorite movie.
Starting your week off tired is a sure-fire way to make Monday feel like a slog. Make sure to catch enough ZZZZs over the weekend, even if it means checking one less thing off your to-do list.
Look forward to your Monday morning by doing things that spark joy. Order a cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop or create an upbeat Monday morning playlist to listen to on the way to work.
It is easy to feel guilt for household chores that you couldn’t get to or a to-do list with too few ticks. However, to stay healthy and balanced, it is vital to take time to simply relax and do things that you enjoy. Set a schedule for getting tasks done as well as for downtime. Check the Save mailer for tips and tricks on saving time and money so that you can spend more on enjoying your weekend.
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