The weekend has just wrapped up and, if you’re anything like me, at some point in your life Sunday has been a day filled with angst. It’s common practice to spend Sunday fretting about the week ahead. Life is busy and, coupled with mental health conditions, can be quite hard to navigate as an adult. Despite spending a number of years working out how to best navigate my own mental health for a number of reasons, I don’t fully have it figured out. I do, however, try and implement as many of these 6 steps into my Sundays.
Despite it being the easiest day to snuggle up on the couch and watch TV, don’t! A quiet, relaxing day is needed from time to time but don’t let it become a habit. It may be tempting to lounge around all day, but if there are things that need to be done a great first step is to get up and moving as soon as possible. Getting moving might mean hopping into the shower, doing the dishes or even just feeding your pets. You don’t have to go for a run the minute you open your eyes, just get your day in motion.
Leave the House
Once up and moving get out of the house, even if it’s just for a little bit. Nobody is too busy to get out of the house at all. Maybe you need to go grocery shopping or pick something up from the hardware store? If you have a little extra time take an hour to fully clear your head: go to the gym or for a walk. Taking some time to clear your head will help you feel better, use the time to separate the previous week from the upcoming week. For example: when I start to fall down the overthinking rabbit hole I go for an extended sweat session. Separating the negativity in the past from the potential of the future is so important. Treat Sunday as a new beginning and not the continuation of the past.
Prioritise/To do List
Have a clear idea of all the things you’d like to get done and prioritise the list. For example, grocery shopping and a load of washing will be essential. Working through your list in order of priority will mean that you won’t get to the end of your Sunday and realise you’ve missed something that is vital for the beginning of this week.
Keep a steady pace throughout the day until all tasks are completed. Try not to take extended breaks during this time, that’s when it’s easy to become demotivated.
Remember to Breathe
Keeping productive and getting things done on a Sunday does not mean that you have to push yourself to the limit. You can have an easy going yet still busy and productive Sunday without stressing yourself out. Sunday is a day to set yourself up for the week ahead, if you begin your week with stress it’s more likely to continue for the week. Take 15-20 minutes here and there to have a drink, reply to some messages or have a bite to eat. Working through a list in priority order means that all essentials will be completed first. Set yourself a time that you will 100% be finished for the day. This will leave you time to sit down, relax and enjoy your Sunday.
Remind Yourself That You’re in Control
It can be easy to fixate on ensuring that everything gets done, or even that all steps from suggestions like this post are followed to a tee. Don’t forget that you are in control, you are taking control. Whether you follow all or none of these steps, the point is to remain in control. If any of these steps don’t work for you or require a bit of tweaking to suit your lifestyle then take control and do what’s best for you.
Are you going to use these any or all of these steps? Are you going to change any of them up? What makes you feel like you don’t have control of your Sundays? Let me know in the comments below.