Most of us cringe at the thought of Monday. This might be because we don’t enjoy an entire weekend. Sure, Saturday is fine but unfortunately, the day before the work week starts is often consumed by the Sunday scaries.
Sunday scaries might sound like something from a children’s book, but don’t let the name fool you. Sunday scaries or Sunday blues are feelings of anxiety that many of us experience the day before heading back to work after the weekend. The first thing you need to know is that it’s pretty common. Sure, this won’t fix the problem, but it might help to know that many other people are feeling the same way as you are as the weekend is over. So how do you get rid of the Sunday scaries and replace a day of dread with a true day of rest?
Here are a few ways to put those dread feelings to bed and to arrive Monday morning refreshed and ready to rule the upcoming workweek.
Moving your body often is proven to be a natural antidepressant. Make sure to incorporate some exercise every Sunday or even Monday morning before you start your day to help boost the feel-good chemicals in your brain.
Many of us tend to jump into Monday in a full sprint, immediately trying to get things done as quickly as possible so we can check them off our weekly list. Trying to rush into the workweek makes Sundays feel more stressful. But the good news is that once you identify the source of your Sunday scaries, you can get past them.
Have you ever been in bed in the afternoon scrolling through Instagram? Then seriously, you need to take the day off. Set boundaries on how often you check your phone and even social media. If social media impacts you heavily on Sundays, try using apps to monitor how much time you spend on social media. This can help improve how you feel on Sundays.
Instead of leaving household chores to Sunday, get them out of the way on Saturday. Make your Sundays fun days by planning activities with friends and family. Dedicate Sunday to relaxing activities only, whether that’s heading out for a brunch, going for a walk or yoga class, or curling up with a good book. This will help reduce stress and help you dedicate Sunday to relax and rejuvenate.
Schedule things you look forward to, like a call with childhood friends or hitting the gym, for Monday to banish some of the dread. Or select your favorite task or one thing you love about your job and plan to do it first thing on Monday. This will make you look forward to the week and beat those Monday blues.
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