The first is, be strategic. Sundays generally set the tone for your upcoming week. In my house, this normally means finishing up any house chores that we won’t normally get time for during the busy work week. It also means taking a minute to breathe and regroup. Use your Sundays to find the most challenging thing about your week and get it taken care of if you can. For example, my husband and I alternate the days we pick up and drop off our 4-year-old from school. On the days he has to get her she also has dance class. So, I’ve pre-packed her dance bag, put her shoes and her clothes in an area he can find it. I also make snack options for her. I set out her outfit for the week and I get her hair combed so this way he will have fewer tasks to do and picking her up and caring for her can go smoothly for him. Another thing I do is I pick out outfits for myself as well and clean out and repack my work bag. We also do meal prep for the week. This is a great way for me and him to connect and to spend time together while getting things done. This also helps him be more aware of what is going on in the household and be in the know. We do our meal prep in bigger portions as well. We both eat a lot so we do enough that will last for two days and will allow me to take some to work for lunch. This is called saving time and money. Chi Ching! Doing these things will elevate so much anxiety from our week.
My next tip is to be mindful and intentional. When I wake up in the mornings I make myself a list of things I need to get done for the day then I take a second the plan enough time around these things. This helps me to know exactly what my day will look like. Great organizing skill to have. During these tasks, I’ve also scheduled Mini downtime so that I’m doing more while stressing less. This will take a lot of trial on your part as there are things that you can’t always plan for. What I do is I give some tasks some extra time. For example, if I’m folding clothes that I know will normally be a 20-minute task Id schedule myself 30 for 45 minutes. If I finish before that then great. If my child happens to need a snack or needs me to play with her then I can without feeling like I need to rush off to the next thing.
Bonus for parents. Let your littles help you. This is a good way for them to spend time with you while they also learn to be independent. You can make it a fun teachable moment. Yes, they might slow you down but it will benefit them in a great way. Talk about two birds with one stone.
And my last tip is, relax!!! I cannot emphasize this enough. I know some might be thinking that they have a lot to do, and you might. BUT during all those tasks you need to find time to breathe and relax. If you don’t, then all of what you are doing will be for nothing. If you aren’t careful those very tasks can add more stress and anxiety to you than you realize. Remember, that we will always have tasks to complete. The trick is for us to complete those tasks in a way that helps us feel productive rather than overworked and drained.
Take time to pamper yourself. Buy a facial mask for $2 at the store, and take a bubble bath. Read a book, or watch an episode of a show you like. The simplest of things can add so much value to your day. One thing I do is get ready for the day. Normally on Sundays I’ve decided in my mind I’ll be home all day so I don’t put any effort in combing my hair or even get out of Pajamas. God forbid someone stops by or I have to run to the store. I’ll get so annoyed because now I’ll have to put in extra time to get ready. Now, I wake up and I comb my hair and get dressed. Even if I have nowhere to be. This way, if I feel like taking a walk because I realize it’s a beautiful day I’m all set. This also gets me into the practice of getting up and getting ready which comes in handy during the week.
Okay, I’ve taken enough of your time already. I truly hope these tips do help you. Please like and share if you find any of this helpful. Also, feel free to comment on ways YOU make the most of your Sunday. Looking forward to your response. Happy Sunday and be blessed.