Ahh, Sunday. Everyone’s least and most favorite day of the week. I love Sundays because it’s a day of relaxation. It’s the end of the weekend, which means your social obligations are probably finished (except for Sunday brunch, duh), and you can spend the whole day chilling in bed. But I also hate Sundays, because it means a new week is starting. I love Sundays when I have nothing to do except binge watch Netflix and eat, but I hate Sundays when I actually have things to do.
For a lot of people, Sundays are the day to be productive. Friday and Saturday are typically shot, leaving Sunday really the only time for you to get your life together. But, how do you avoid the post-weekend Sunday naps and instead wake up early and be productive? It’s hard- but it’s possible. And here are some tips:
I don’t know about you, but I typically leave the weekends to my “cheat day.” I try not to go too crazy, but sometimes I end up eating pizza, nachos, and fries, all at once. And while that’s great at the moment, I don’t feel my best on Sunday. And that’s why eating healthy on Sunday is key. Although you might want to continue the cheat weekend into Sunday, fueling your body with nutritious and delicious foods will set your mind and body out on the right note for the beginning of the week.
Set some time to clean
Not every Sunday has to be your “clean the entire apartment” day, but a pivotal way to being productive on Sunday is setting out a little bit of time to clean. Your space is inevitably going to get a bit messy after the weekend, but taking the time to tidy up will make you feel so much better. Plus, that way, when Monday rolls around, you can wake up to a clean space, thus leading to a clean mind.
Have a routine
Usually, on the weekends, our routines get totally messed up. But that’s why it’s essential to stick to a routine on Sunday that you can carry on throughout the week. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated- just waking up, having coffee, and going to the gym is enough! But starting your workweek routine on Sunday guarantees you won’t slack off on Monday and will set your Sunday out on a productive note.
Even if you want to wake up super early and get started on the day, build in at least a little bit of extra time to sleep in on Sunday morning. After a busy weekend, your body needs the extra rest to recuperate and get ready for a workweek. And you’ll be thankful when you wake up on Monday feeling well-rested and energized.
Move your body
Moving your body is key to having a productive Sunday. And that doesn’t have to mean going to the gym or doing a super intense workout, moving your body can be as simple as going on a walk or hike. Getting outside and moving your body will clear your mind after the weekend and relax your mood.
Sunday’s are my self-care day. That just means I take out a little bit of extra time to do a face mask, take an extra long shower, or cook my favorite meal- because those are the things that relax me! Find what your favorite relaxation activities are and do at least one on a Sunday. Self-care is crucial every day, but doing something you love on Sunday will ensure you wake up happy on Monday.
Not many people can say they look forward to Monday, but having entirely negative thoughts about Monday is only going to hurt you. Change your attitude, no matter how bad it is, about the upcoming week, and tell yourself you’re going to have a great week. Mondays are only as bad as you let yourself think they are! Be positive on Sunday, and that positivity will follow you throughout the upcoming week.