Friday, March 4, 2016

Beating the Sunday Blues

Happy Friday, friends!

Do you have any big plans for the weekend? We have a good mix of fun, relaxation, and a few projects planned, too. Can't wait!

While I know today is Friday, and we're all excited about the weekend and having some time to do whatever we want, the weekends always seem too short. Right? How many times do you say on Monday morning, "I wish we had 3 day weekends," or "the weekend was great, just too short!"? Sunday comes so quickly and so does that rushed feeling of trying to "get it all in" and the dread about the upcoming work week. Do Sundays stress you out?

I know when I was working in the Corporate world I would always get depressed on Sunday. It started out as just a Sunday evening phenomenon, but then as time went on, it took over my whole day.  So I basically wasted the day, worried about the upcoming week and being depressed about all I had to do.

For me, this was one of the signs that it was time for a change, and now that I've made that change, my mindset on Sunday is totally different!  It's just another day, where I can do things I enjoy, be productive if I want, and spend time with loved ones without having that "Monday's coming" cloud over my head.
Aside from making that big of a change, there are definitely things you can do to help make your Sundays a more enjoyable time of the weekend (as they should be!):
  • If you need it, take your Sunday as a day of rest.  As hard as it is when we have a big list of things to do, sometimes the thing you need the most is to just give yourself permission to relax!
  • Spend an hour on meal planning and food prep to help set yourself up for a good week.  Having snacks or lunches prepped and a few dinners planned can go a long way in easing your stress levels and you'll feel better after eating some healthy meals.
  • Schedule exercise in your calendar just like you would a meeting.  It's important, makes you feel better mentally and physically, and gives you energy!!
  • Make self care a priority!  Do something nice for you.
  • Take a few minutes to just breathe
  • If you are absolutely sick to your stomach about Monday, maybe that's your body telling you that it's time to start looking for something new!
  • Instead of completely making the leap to change your job, change your mindset about what you do. Changing how you think about what you do every day can make a big difference.
If nothing else, remember that Spring is coming!  Yay!

Do you frequently get a case of the Sunday blues?  What will you do this weekend to help yourself ease into and prepare for the week ahead? Please share in the comments (your thoughts might help someone else too!).

Enjoy the WHOLE weekend! :)

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