Do you ever get to Sunday night and wonder how the weekend flew by so quickly? Most of us spend our Sunday evenings anxious and unprepared for the week ahead. Unfortunately, that week ahead is going to happen whether we’re happy about it or not. Buzz kill. Unless it’s a Bank Holiday, then we have these same feelings on Monday night.
This can ruin a Sunday evening and our much needed down-time. Our weekend should be focused around relaxing and spending time with our families, with the odd pile of washing inbetween, not concentrated on the upcoming week.
Here are a few tips to help you reclaim your weekend and leave you feeling relaxed and prepared for that Monday morning, whether you work or not. Monday morning blues exist with us all, try a few of these and breathe a sigh of relief:
Write a list
If there’s something on your mind that you can’t deal with right then, write it down. Write down everything that springs to mind such as tasks for the next week, worries, recipes, ideas, absolutely anything that you want to come back to and think about another time.
Leave your mind clear and enjoy the precious time you have at the weekend, without trying to remember everything that pops into your head. Otherwise you’ll end up having your mind elsewhere.
Utilize Friday night
I know, Friday night is for chilling, maybe even ordering a takeaway, but if you use your evening wisely, you’ll have more spare time at the weekend.
It’s quite common for us to save those awful chores for the weekend. Cleaning the bathroom, the bulk load of washing, cleaning the car, dusting from top to bottom, the list goes on. But this takes a huge chunk of your weekend away.
If you have older children, sit with them and complete homework that evening. Clean their uniforms and if possible have them hung in their wardrobe ready for Monday morning. Make sure their bags are ready for Monday, minus the lunch, which I’m afraid will have to be done the night before or on the day (unless they eat school dinners, there’s an idea).
Reply to as many emails as you can and switch off when you’re done. Use that list again if there’s any that you still need to do.
If you do need to work over the weekend, do it without distractions. You’ll work much more efficiently if you haven’t got one eye on the TV or children while you’re working.
Make sure you know what you’re going to have for your meals over the weekend, this way it saves any last minute faff or time spent in the supermarket at peak times. Keep your meal ideas simple so you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time utilizing your weekend. Unless you like the long preparation of Sunday dinners of course, because that usually means a glass of wine is involved.
You can either go really simple and order a takeaway, delicious. Or perhaps treat yourself to a Pizza from the supermarket. Or there are plenty of simple recipes you can make which are healthy as well as speedy. Casseroles are brilliant for a one dish meal, like this sausage casserole. Or you could double up on a meal in the week such as Chilli, then reheat within minutes at the weekend.
One last idea would be to turn two meals into one, like brunch or a long, lazy lunch. Saves on cooking, washing up and everyone is satisfied.
Rise and Shine
If you’re the parent of small children, chances are you dream of a lie-in, but that’s never your reality. So you’ll be pleased to know it’s better to get up early.
It makes the most of your day ahead, you have more time to plan and get things in order without it compromising those plans. It also helps encourage a good sleep that night, something that you’ll need Sunday night.
Enjoy your Monday to Friday
Do you save everything fun for the weekend? It’s certainly great to always have something to look forward to at the weekend, but try planning a few activities during the week.
Perhaps a dance class in the evening, a family trip to the cinema, swimming, a walk every Wednesday. Having the odd fun activity to look forward to during the week prevents you from feeling deflated every Sunday, purely looking forward to the next weekend already. Five days is a long time to wait for something fun and family-orientated to do.
Start a weekend tradition
Have a routine each Sunday which is relaxing. Take a little time from cramming in all the fun-filled activities (if you are) and stick to something simple to do every Sunday.
A walk after dinner, a hot chocolate with marshmallows or a family movie night. Something that you can do as a family and helps you unwind before that you need to power on Monday morning.
I hope these tips leave you feeling refreshed each Monday morning with the motivation to get you through the week. Monday mornings will never be welcomed with a hug, but you can take these simple steps to feel more prepared for that alarm. Is there anything else you’d suggest to make the most of your weekend?
For more parenting and lifestyle tips check out our Facebook page. It won’t change your life but it may make you laugh. A lot.