Sunday Scaries (noun)
1. A feeling that creeps in either Sunday morning or Sunday evening when the impending doom of your work week sets in.
Things that are really great:
3 day weekends.
Things that are not so great:
The Sunday Scaries. Or when the Sunday Scaries extend til Monday.
Even if you don’t call them the Sunday Scaries, you know the feeling. The dread of having to start a week you’re just not ready to tackle. No one is ever “ready” for Monday, least of all me! But there are a few things I try to do to make the transition easier.
1. Make my bed
I know, I know. You’re having flashbacks of your mom yelling at you because your room is a mess and the least you could do is make your bed. Or maybe that was just my mom. But here’s the thing. It is so great to sleep in a completely made bed. Think about how nice it feels to climb into a hotel bed. With the cool sheets and the fluffy pillows and the tight sheets. Yeah, that. Yum.
2. Plan my week
I’ll freely admit I’m not the most organized person in the world. I can never find my phone, sunglasses or keys. You can blame my dad for that. But I try. So on Sunday, I pull out my trusty GiGi planner. I have to have a pretty one so that I’m more inclined to use it. Yes, I am 12. Mine is rose gold and sparkly.
I make sure I have everything for the week written in my calendar. That way, even if I don’t remember every detail, the seed has been planted. And I remember I have somewhere to be Thursday afternoon, even if I don’t remember exactly where it is!
3. Plan my wardrobe
If you’re like me, with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear, planning your outfits can be an overwhelming task. But it’s even more overwhelming to try to get to work on time Monday morning when you’ve spent 15 minutes standing in your closet saying “What am I going to wear” over and over again which usually leads to me going back to my bed and “laying down so I can think about” which makes me even more late!
Also, nothing is worse than finally figuring out what you’re going to wear and then realizing it has a hole or a stain. Save yourself the grief and do it all on Sunday. It doesn’t have to be down to the bracelet, but if you know you want to wear your black pants, it’s good to know they’re not at the cleaners!
4. My beauty routine
I wish I were the girl that wakes up with naturally dewy skin and naturally gorgeous locks. Instead, I wake up with an afro and regret.
I read a quote by Coco Chanel once: “Nature gives you the face you have at 20, but at 50 you have the face you deserve.” I’m fortunate that my mother and grandmother have gorgeous skin so I’m pretty diligent about washing my face every night. But on Sunday I want it to be beautiful and shining for the week ahead. It gives me a little self-esteem boost and I start off the week feeling a little extra pretty.
I’ve experimented with a few different brands over the years but I only use Renee Rouleau products now. She is my absolute favorite. I use the Triple Berry Smoothing Peel and it has real berry seeds in it (everything is all organic!), so I feel super-duper healthy when I put it on. I follow that with a hair mask to make up for all the heat damage I’ve done to it with the curling iron and straightening iron over the weekend. My favorite is the Oribe Signature Moisture Masque. And like my kindergarten teacher would say, “A little dab’ll do ya”, so don’t go overboard with it. Although you will want to because it smells AMAZING!
5. The no technology hour
I know, I know. An hour without technology sounds almost impossible since we’re all SO addicted. My phone is never far from my hand (and neither are my social media accounts). My iPad sits by my bedside, along with my remote control. There’s no escaping it. We live in a technology world!
We’ve all heard the recommendation to keep the tv out of your room and not to use your phone an hour before you go to sleep. And while it’s a great suggestion, it can be hard to stick to that when you’re live Tweeting The Bachelor! So instead of shooting for no technology every night, just start with one night. Sunday. If you can start the week with a good night’s rest, then you’ve set the foundation for the rest of the week.
So there you have it. The cure to the Sunday Scaries! Also, it helps if you light a yummy-smelling candle and some good music for motivation. None of these things are earth-shattering secrets, but a few small things can help chase off the Sunday Scaries. And if I can at least start the week off right, it makes it a little easier to ease back into the real world.