I have a prediction: If you clicked on this article, you’ve had more than your fair share of Sunday nights fraught with wrecked nerves and a deep-seated anxiety about the week ahead. We’ve all been there. But we definitely don’t have to keep going there week after week.
By turning an anxious, thumb-twiddling evening into a proactive one we can also transform the week ahead. Even if you attack just one of these everyday life aspects on a Sunday, your Monday morning has the potential to flow much more nicely. Give these a try this week and see how you feel the following Sunday:
1. Get meal preppin’
One thing that can set us back the most during the week is not having quality food available when we need it. Whether we’re slammed at the office or feeling exhausted after an extra-long day, the last thing we need to worry about is preparing a meal or going out and buying one. Doing some version of meal prep before the week starts can do wonders. This can take the form of creating and storing fully formed meals for the week or just prepping the time-consuming stuff (think chopping veggies, grinding your morning coffee, whisking together dressings and sauces, baking potatoes or throwing snacks into grab’n’go containers).
2. Pick your outfits ahead of time
Okay, this might sound like simply too much… but is it, really? Shave minutes off your morning by having your clothes pre-selected. More time for coffee and contemplation.
3. Get those looming housework tasks done
Hate having to do laundry in the middle of the week? Or filling up the car with gas? Cleaning out the litter box? Vacuuming the floors? Get all this done before your week starts. Not only will you have less weighing on your mind, but being able to relax at the beginning of the week will help you conserve energy to get all the way through to Friday afternoon.
4. RSVP to the gym
Exercise has countless benefits on our physical and mental health. Going to the gym, the dance studio, the spinning class, the basketball court or the hiking trail regularly is a must! Alas, it is all too easy to excuse ourselves from this much-needed self-care activity. Don’t let yourself get away with it. Schedule appointments or alerts in your phone so you get your blood pumping. Make commitments with your friends to meet them somewhere to get sweaty. Even if it’s a brisk walk around the neighborhood or a few dozen squats in your living room—your body will thank you for taking care of it.
5. Set alarms for self-care
Alarms aren’t just for mornings or for the gym. Use this helpful tool to put limits on the work you bring home with you and to schedule time for yourself throughout the week. Set an alarm for a family board game night, a quiet hour of reading before bed, a relaxing bath, drinks with friends or going to the dog park with your fur-baby. Prioritize self-care and you will instantly notice a difference.
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