Most people will tell you they don’t love Sunday evenings.
In fact, a whopping 76% of American workers say they get the Sunday-night blues, according to a 2015 Monster survey.
Even if you love your job and typically look forward to getting back into the swing of things, “it’s easy to feel a bit of trepidation on Sundays about the stresses waiting for you on Monday morning,” writes Laura Vanderkam in her book “What The Most Successful People Do On The Weekend.”
Experts say there are certain things successful people do at the end of the weekend to combat those Sunday-night blues and prepare for the week ahead.
Here are 9 of them:
1. They plan something fun
'This idea may be the most important tip,' Vanderkam writes. 'This extends the weekend and keeps you focused on the fun to come, rather than on Monday morning.'
Vanderkam quotes Caitlin Andrews, a librarian, who says her extended family gets together for dinner almost every Sunday, alternating houses. 'It takes my mind off any Sunday night blues that might be coming on,' Andrews says.
You might also make Sunday a movie or spa night, or you could join a Sunday-night bowling league.
3. They exercise
Take a walk, play a game of tennis, or go to a class at the gym, Egan suggests.
Vanderkam writes in her book that reality-TV producer Aliza Rosen does hot yoga at 6 p.m. on Sundays. 'It's a great way for me to sweat out the toxins of the week and center myself for Monday,' Rosen told Vanderkam.
4. They eat something healthy
It might be tempting to wind down with a couple of glasses of your favourite Cabernet, but as licensed counselor and Urban Balance CEO Joyce Marter points out in an article for PsychCentral, alcohol is a depressant that will leave you feeling less energised in the morning.
'Instead, make a healthy meal and enjoy with some herbal tea or some seltzer water with lemon,' she writes.
6. They return calls, emails, and texts
Sunday nights often allow us the undivided time to return phone calls from friends or family and to respond to texts or personal emails we didn't have time to get to during the week.
7. They unplug
After you finish responding to emails and texts, or returning calls, unplug for a few hours.
Truly successful people do anything but work right before bed, especially on Sunday night, career expert Michael Kerr says. They don't obsessively check their email, and they try not to dwell on work-related issues.
8. They volunteer
'(Another) great way to end the weekend is to volunteer,' Vanderkam writes in her book. Nothing will take your mind off any stresses in your life like serving people who are less fortunate, she says. 'It's a way to connect with humanity before everyone goes their separate ways for the week.'
9. They plan out their sleep
'Much has been written around the dangers busy people face running chronic sleep deficits, so one habit I know several highly successful people do is to simply make it a priority to get enough sleep -- which can be a challenge for workaholics or entrepreneurs,' Kerr says.
One way to do that is to go to bed at a consistent time each evening, which is a key habit all sleep experts recommend to help ensure a healthy night's sleep.
This is especially important on Sunday if you want to start the workweek off feeling well-rested and ready to go.
Vanderkam further suggests that you plan out when you're going to wake up, count back however many hours you need to sleep, and then consider setting an alarm to remind yourself to get ready for bed.
'The worst thing you can do is stay up late then hit snooze in the morning,' she says. 'Humans have a limited amount of willpower. Why waste that willpower arguing with yourself over when to get up, and sleeping in miserable nine-minute increments?'
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