5 Ways to Enjoy Your Sunday Nights Again

Sunday nights

Updated Sep 13, 2019 @ 8:58 am

Picture this: You’ve had a great weekend, fun and relaxing, and you’re feeling fine. Then, as soon as the sun sets on Sunday, anxiety begins to creep in. Next thing you know, you’re stressed out and worried because you’re thinking of everything you have to do this week, and it isn’t even Monday yet.

Not only does that Sunday stress feeling ruin your weekend, it can also get your week started on a bad note, especially if it keeps you from getting a good night’s sleep.

That’s why it’s paramount to have a plan to keep your Sunday chill all the way through. Here are some simple ways to take your Sunday nights back again.

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2. Get into Sunday meal prep.

You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen on Sunday to get yourself a healthy head start for the week. Just tackle one meal—we like breakfasts—and do a few steps to streamline for the week. For example, if you like a smoothie for breakfast, get all the ingredients measured out for all of your smoothies for the week and freeze. Or make a batch of vegetable egg muffins, or chia pudding. Having a grab-and-go breakfast ready for the week can help take the pressure off.

3. Embrace a plan.

“Sunday is the perfect day to set your intentions for the week,” says health and wellness consultant Brielle Merchant. “Use this time to break down larger goals and outline a to-do list that matches.” Having your to-dos on paper can help keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

4. Meditate.

“Once you’ve done what you can to prepare for the week ahead, then it’s time to release the anxiety,” Merchant says. “Try to mediate for at least 3 minutes. If you’re new to meditation, then understand that a big part of it is just accepting the thoughts that cross your mind. Acknowledge them and move on.”

5. Pamper yourself.

“Taking a bath can be the perfect way to help reduce your stress,” Merchant says. “Be intentional about the vibe you’d like to create. Would you like it to be silent or should there be a playlist ready to go? Lighting is also a great way to enhance the mood. All-natural candles, like those made of soy and coconut wax, smell great while providing just enough light. Include organic salts or essential oils in your self-care bath.”

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