Probably the most universal feeling on a Sunday is the dread of going back to work. Yep, we’ve been there. It’s like a rotten cherry on top of a tasty weekend sundae – get it? It’s just not a great cycle, though. We can only live so long feeling bogged down on Monday, then feeling slightly better on Tuesday, getting into the groove of things on Wednesday and getting mildly excited about Friday on Thursday.
Friday’s the happiest day of the week for most of us – TGIF, right? – because we’re anticipating Saturday. Saturdays can be pretty fun, then we’re right back to Sunday, anxious about Monday again.
That’s typical for most of us, but you can make your Sunday a lot better in very few practical steps. It’s all about the mindset. Let’s go over a thing or two to get you feeling great on this not-so-bad-if-you-think-about-it Sunday. Ready?
Do Something You Enjoy
This is the whole reason why we like weekends; they give us time to do what we like. When you really think about it, Sundays aren’t bad days in and of themselves, it’s just how we think about them. Reframe your Sunday as a full free day when you can do things you like, just as much as any Saturday.
There’s a slight limit to that. If you like going out, for example, you won’t be able to do that quite as much as you can on a Saturday, especially since you’ve got to be up in the morning and well-rested for the workday.
But there are things you can do on Sunday to end your weekend on a great note and consequently lift your mood. A great tip for wellbeing is planning your week practically around your hobbies and the things you like to do.
If there’s a series you like to watch, or a video game you enjoy playing, or a park you like to take walks in, save for that for your Sunday. Looking forward to that activity takes up your mental space and leaves no room for Monday anxiety.
Get Down To The Nitty-Gritties
For many of us, Monday anxiety is a broad feeling. We know we hate that tomorrow’s going to be a Monday, but we can’t pinpoint why exactly. Time to ask ourselves a few questions:
What Do You Hate About Monday?
Is it the fact that you have to wait a whole five days until the next weekend? Or maybe there’s something you don’t like about work, like a particular person you sit across or how much heavier the workload is at the start of the week.
Try getting to the bottom of it. Instead of having it as an obscure but overbearing feeling, break it down into countable things you’re not looking forward to. When you’ve done that, you can take practical steps to address those things. More on that in a minute.
Is There Anything You Like About Monday?
We know that’s a hard question to ask when your mind has solidified into the thinking that Mondays are irredeemably bad days. Try as hard as you can to answer this, though: what can I actually enjoy about Monday?
At least for some of us, there can be some pretty good answers to that question that we’ve been overlooking all along. We might be surprised to find that we like the company we have at work, or that the heavy workload gives us a really nice feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day.
Now that we’ve asked the questions, here come the answers.
Enjoy Your Monday
When it comes to your mental wellbeing, you need to make things happen. We’re here to help you with that but at the end of the day, a little effort on your part is necessary. Considering how much better you’ll feel, it’s totally worth it.
That’s true for your Mondays, too. If there’s something you enjoy about Mondays but you’d never realized that because your initial instinct was to hate them, how about you start focusing on those things now? If it’s a morning chat with a coworker, start looking forward to that more, and strengthening your friendship.
You could even make it something you do after work. Maybe there’s a show you really like to watch; start reserving it for Mondays. Tinker with your usual schedule until you position something you look forward to on that (not anymore) dreaded first day of the week.
Plan The Day
We don’t peddle magic, but this trick works almost supernaturally. If you’re thinking about your day and it looks like chaos, take just fifteen minutes and a notepad and pen to structure it.
Answer these questions:
- What time are you going to wake up?
- How long will it take you to get ready?
- When will you get to work?
- Are you going to have a tea/coffee?
- Do you have a meeting?
- What’s your first task for the day and how long will that take?
- Throw in something you like here eg. chat with a friend, Reddit scroll etc
- Are you done with the first task now or moving on to the next?
The most important thing to remember here is that your plan doesn’t have to be perfect or militarily precise. It’s all about feeling in control of your day. Even if things don’t go according to plan, you have an idea of what comes after what, and that does wonders for how you feel. Try it.
Mondays don’t have to be so bad after all. We hope you’ll get through yours just fine, and come back to the comments to tell us how it went. If you find yourself getting a little stressed out during the day, feel free to take a stroll around these parts and find the MANY relaxation tips we advise; we’re always adding more. We’ll be in touch. Have a great week!