Whether you call them the Sunday Blues or the Mean Reds, feeling a little down on Sundays is more common than you think. Even if you love your job or whatever else awaits you at the start of the week, it’s still hard to let go of our precious weekends.
While anxiety may ebb and flow, it’s important to have consistent Sunday rituals to ease those blues, calm anxiety, and start the week on the right foot. Here are a few ideas:
Yep, I’m aware that this might sound unappealing to some. But putting things back in order can be so calming and refreshing! If my room is starting to get messy, I can’t focus on anything else. As they say, tidy space, tidy mind. Lighting a scented candle and putting music on in the background makes it a lot more fun. If you’re looking for chilled background music, listen to This Feeling by the Alabama Shakes, Slip by Elliot Moss, and Tragedy by Norah Jones.
Tidying ought to be the act of restoring balance between people, their possessions and the house they live in. – Marie Kondo
If you’ve spent the day running errands, it’s good to slow things down come late afternoon. How often do you allow yourself to really chill out? Set your phone to airplane mode, grab an inspiring book or magazine (my current reads: Happinez magazine and The Curated Closet), or pop in a DVD. Make sure to get cozy in your favorite sweats, a mug of hot tea, and a fancy snack (try Deliciously Ella’s Cinnamon-Coconut Popcorn). We’re so overstimulated that it’s good to set your phone aside and enjoy the things you love without checking the clock.
We breathe without thinking, so it can be hard to notice just how shallow your breaths might be. Shallow breathing is linked to feelings of anxiety. The next time you’re feeling a little frantic and don’t know why, check your breath. It also helps to take 10 minutes at the end of the day to practice alternate nostril breathing – my favorite for anxiety and stress.
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. – Thich Nhat Hanh
Let it out
What’s your outlet? Journaling, painting, chatting with a group of close pals? Find out what makes you feel great, and make it a priority. It’s easy to let these things fall by the wayside, but Sundays are an opportunity to reconnect. By letting out any unresolved emotions, you’ll be ready for whatever comes next.
Plan out your week
This is the funnest part of my Sunday! If I don’t write down what I’d like to accomplish, I end up feeling both overwhelmed and aimless. I love using my Happiness Planner to remind myself of my goals, and I keep a small notebook for general to-do’s. Having a vision, and using reminders, is a great way to have a sense of control over your own life.
I hope these tips are useful! What are your little Sunday rituals?