If you work a traditional Monday through Friday schedule, sometimes Sundays can be difficult. The Sunday blues are a real thing that affects many of us. It’s so easy to become paralyzed by workplace anxiety.
For me personally, on Mondays I actually have to go into work earlier than the rest of the week. As a result, I really want to make the most out of my Sundays! Here are nine of my favorite ways to relax on Sunday and take care of myself.
How to Relax on Sunday & Beat the Sunday Blues
#1 – Wake up early.
I know… it’s the weekend and that’s probably the last thing you want to do. But if you wake up early, you’ll have more time on your Sunday to take for yourself. I try to wake up between 7 and 8 on Sunday, so I don’t feel like my day is completely slipping away. It’s late enough so that it’s still technically sleeping in, but early enough so that I still have a full day ahead of me.
Don’t force it though. Allow yourself to rest, and try to give your body a day where you don’t set an alarm. Trust that your body will wake up when it is ready.
#2 – Have a simple breakfast.
I’ve been super into overnight oats lately, so I’ve been making those on Saturday nights. On Sunday mornings, I can just pull breakfast out of the fridge and it’s ready to eat! If I’m still hungry, I’ll make scrambled eggs. Less time cooking = less time cleaning = more time for yourself. I also like to slowly enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in bed, or outside if the weather is nice!
#3 – Catch up on Youtube or Netflix.
Through the week, it can be difficult to watch whatever media it is you enjoy. Personally, I watch a lot more Youtube than Netflix (I know, blasphemy!). So I like to queue up a bunch of videos, light a couple candles, fluff my pillows, and get all bundled up in bed and watch my Youtube on my tv. Sometimes I’ll use it as background noise while I attend to other things, or I’ll legitimately watch and use it as entertainment.
#4 – Do some laundry.
Okay I’ll admit it, this one isn’t exactly relaxing. But it sure does leave you feeling accomplished and productive!
I don’t set a goal of doing all of my laundry, because I do want to make sure I’m getting some much needed rest. But I will try to do ONE load of laundry at the very least. The biggest thing is making sure I actually put the laundry away when I’m done, which is the worst part of laundry!
#5 – Prep for Monday.
I like to set my outfit out for Monday so that it doesn’t feel so hectic and stressful when I’m trying to get up and go to work. I also will put together my whole lunch the night before, so I can just grab it and go. Often, our Monday experience sets the tone for the rest of the work week so it’s a good idea to make it run as smooth as possible.
Mondays are my designated day to go to Dunkin’ for breakfast, so I don’t have to worry about preparing food/coffee. With some proper planning on Sunday, all I actually have to worry about on Monday mornings is waking up on time and making sure my makeup looks good if I’m feeling makeup that day!
#6 – Focus on the present moment.
I know on Sundays it’s super easy to fall into the trap of the Sunday blues. It’s easy to panic and go, “Oh gosh, it’s almost Monday” but that just takes away from your ability to relax and enjoy your Sunday. Try not to spend your day worrying about the week ahead. Instead, focus on being grateful for being able to have a nice, calm, relaxing moment.
If you truly can’t stave off dread about going to work tomorrow, consider whether or not your job is making you miserable. There’s a big difference in being moderately bummed about having to return to the grind and experiencing full-on work anxiety. I actually had to quit a job because the stress was making my health take a nose dive. You don’t have to love your job… you don’t even have to like your job, but the thought of going there shouldn’t be emotionally unbearable.
#7 – Review your calendar.
Sundays are a great time to check your planner to make sure you haven’t forgotten about any important deadlines, doctors appointments, etc. Then you’ll feel ready to tackle the week ahead! Also, I love organizing/planning and I get too excited when I find new things to write in my planner. So I usually try to add little tips/to-do notes/reminders for my week as well.
#8 – Do something creative.
As a content creator with a full-time job, it can be tricky trying to find the time to sit down with my blog. I don’t have a lot of time or mental energy throughout the week to write for long periods, so weekends are ideal for me to focus on that type of work.
I encourage you to work on a creative hobby on your Sunday! This can look like crafting, bullet journaling, painting, sewing, etc. Anything that you truly enjoy because it allows you to create!
#9 – Go to bed on time.
Remember how I said I like to wake up early? Well, this is another reason why. If I wake up early, I can also go to bed on time. I try to be in bed no later than 10pm, but I’ll go earlier if I’m tired enough. I’m a person who can’t stay awake for super long periods of time, so this is usually no problem for me if I wake up early!
It also makes Monday way, way easier if you’ve gotten a decent amount of sleep the night before. You’re probably going to want to jump back into your warm, cozy bed no matter how much sleep you get. So you might as well take care of yourself and get enough!