Your chest starts to tighten, you feel stressed and waves of worry wash over you. It’s not an anxiety attack (although it might feel like one); it’s just Sunday night. Help assuage those feelings of uneasiness—and learn to love Sunday evenings again—with stress-busting tips from Melissa McCreery, a clinical psychologist and founder of TooMuchOnHerPlate.com.
Start early. Don’t wait until 9 p.m., when you’re already tired, to start planning your week. Instead, consider Sunday dinner with the family as the official close to the weekend. Savor the meal by having family members mention what their favorite part of the weekend was—and what they're looking forward to for the upcoming week.
Write it down. Having to mentally juggle your kid’s hockey schedule, orthodontist appointments and that big sales meeting can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Take 10 minutes to jot down your to-dos for the week on a piece of paper. To make the list more manageable, separate it into a priority list (i.e. taking the car to the mechanic to fix those squeaky brakes) and a wish list (i.e. finish organizing your closet).
Regulate your routine. Your brain thrives on consistency, so try not to switch up your routine too much come Sunday. Fight the urge to cram a lot of extra activities into Sunday night in an attempt to get it all done, and above all, keep it consistent. Having a somewhat set schedule can be relaxing and comforting, which will foster a positive—and peaceful—mindset.
Enlist the village. Look through your list and assign chores to your kids based on their ages and abilities. Taking the burden of dusting, dishes and dirty laundry off your plate will not only help your kids learn responsibility, it will also free up your time as well. Make it fun for the family by playing music while everyone pitches in.
Schedule me-time. After the kids are in bed, spend some time pampering yourself, even if it’s just for 10 mere minutes. It should be something that helps you relax like soaking in a soothing bath. if organizing helps you chill, do low-stakes tasks like planning your outfit or packing lunches. Whatever it is, be sure to end your day in a way that calms, centers and nourishes you. Then, sleep well!