Yes! The weekend is finally here! Time kick back and do the things you’ve been waiting all week to do.
Maybe you’ll hang out with friends, attend a family party, watch a movie, or go on a shopping spree (pick up something for me!). Maybe you’ll get around to cleaning the kitchen or just relaxing on the couch with a good book.
It’s the weekend, baby, and the sky’s the limit!
But then it starts to happen…so slowly you might not even realize it.
Around 3:00 Sunday afternoon, an invisible weight will start to settle onto your shoulders. You’ll begin to feel anxious, like you’re running out of time—“Why didn’t I get the car’s oil changed on Friday?”
You’ll start to get nervous about the upcoming work day—“Oh, I really don’t want to have to get up at 6:00 tomorrow morning.”
You might even get snappy with your loved ones—“The weekend’s almost over, and we STILL haven’t bought the plane tickets!”
When it’s finally time to shut off the lights and climb into bed (grudgingly), you’ll feel cheated and frustrated.
“The weekend went by too fast! I didn’t get enough personal time! And I certainly didn’t finish all the household errands!”
Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve just experienced the phenomenon commonly referred to as the Sunday Bummer.
It happens to everyone. No matter how great the weekend is, there’s still a part of us that’s bummed out that it has to end. So long play time, hello work and responsibility.
You can still experience the Sunday Bummer even if you enjoy your job or have something fun to do on Monday. It’s natural to feel disappointed when it’s time to return to your normal routine.
Don’t let the Sunday Bummer get you down! Try these tricks for getting the most out of your weekend.
Finish Your Errands Early
I recommend knocking a little bit off your to-do list every weeknight so your weekends will be free from mundane tasks like going to the post office or doing laundry. I realize you might not have a lot of time after work or school, but even getting a few small things completed during the week will make Saturday and Sunday seem that much sweeter.
Take a Tech Break
Spending your whole weekend glued to the TV or computer is a surefire way to feel like you wasted the weekend come Monday morning. And put down the gadgets, people! If possible, limit yourself to just 1-2 hours of screen time each day. Get out of the house and try something new. Explore your neighborhood the way a tourist might do. Is there a museum you’ve always wanted to visit or a sporting event you’ve never made time for? Now’s your chance!
Create a Sunday Night Ritual
Instead of moping on the couch about how the weekend is over, use Sunday night to build yourself up. Plan a family dinner and use the good plates and fancy tablecloths (there’s no need to save them for a special occasion). Round up your friends for a weekly game night. Laughing with your friends will ease the Sunday sadness. You could even plan a beauty night for yourself. Take a super long bubble bath, paint your nails, and pamper yourself for a night. You’ll definitely wake up more refreshed. Hey, you could even dig out your bad day emergency kit.
Plan Something Special for Monday
Set up a lunch date with a friend. Take a 20-minute walk in the afternoon to get outside and feel the sunshine on your face. Start a new audio book on your commute. Wear the new outfit you bought on Saturday.
Even though the weekend has to come to an end eventually (sorry, I can’t control the fabric of time…or can I?), there are a few easy things you can do to avoid a bad mood on Sunday night.
How do you avoid the Sunday Bummer?
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