How To Defeat The “Sunday Scaries” Just With Your Preferred Writing Instrument

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It’s a common experience that by the time we realize it’s already Sunday night, we are struck by an overwhelming whiff of the fact that we’re returning to either school or work the next day. We experience anxiety over the upcoming responsibilities while we wish that our weekends would get extended. Many of us have had these Sunday Scaries, but don’t fret! They are normal and conquerable. I will share with you ways to overcome them and to be more prepared for the week.

  1. Set time for “Me Time.” Sundays are usually for family activities, chores, grocery shopping, and a whole lot more. However, it is sometimes forgotten that Sundays are also for recharging. Because of this, it is essential that within the 24 hours of Sunday, we have a moment for solitude. Plan at least 20 minutes of no interruptions to organize and prepare for the week, and you can always adjust how long you’d like to spend “Me Time.”
  2. Practice timed journaling. Since “Me Time'” is time-bound, it would be rejuvenating and practical to express everything you have in mind on paper or on your computer with a set timer. This allows for getting apprehensions, highlights, etc. out of your system without getting too attached or drained from all the expressing. To get into the flow of writing, I recommend playing a song you’d like to write to. The song you choose will be your timer and, at the same time, the soundtrack for your journaling. It doesn’t have to be the same song every time you journal. You can always pick a different song, as long as you’re enjoying and it fits your preference.
  3. Create a to-do list. Now that you’ve released all your thought murmurs, list down and date all your deadlines, chores, appointments, and other responsibilities for the entire week. As much as possible, arrange the tasks on your to-do list according to their due dates. Prioritize the task that needs to be done the soonest, and if in case there aren’t rigid due dates, be sure to spread out the tasks. By doing this, you’ll be able to prepare everything that’s required without putting yourself under mental stress.
  4. Make a checklist of items you’ll need. What makes this list different from your to-do list is this is more about objects. Maybe you’re the type of person who needs to be reminded of bringing items, such as your water bottle, a gift to a co-worker, whatever it may be. This can be somewhat like a packing list for the next day’s events, which can also be your guide if you plan on gathering all the items before you go to bed.
  5. Splurge on the rest of the Sunday 🙂 End your conquest of Sunday Scaries with anything you desire. Watch the movie you’ve been setting aside, work on your adult coloring book, go to the gym, anything! You’re ready to face the new week, so you might as well ease into it with a pleasure that will no longer be guilty.

There are seven days in a week, and the weekends are the days we look forward to the most. But as long as we set an intention to recharge before our hectic weekday routines, we’ll calmly walk into each day with confidence.Goodbye to the Sunday Scaries and have a blissful week!

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