There's a certain point on a Sunday evening when the atmosphere changes. The happy weekend vibes fade and suddenly the Sunday night dread kicks in. It's a universal feeling. I'm on maternity leave and I still get it. But there's ways to tackle it and if you do it right, you can go to bed on a Sunday night feeling happy, organised and ready to take on Monday with a clear head. Here's some tips..
Tidy Home, Tidy Mind - I totally live by this saying. If your home is clean and tidy, you feel like you have it together. Set some time aside on a Sunday morning or afternoon to clean the house, catch up with washing, change your bed linen or if you've got time, de-clutter or clear out your wardrobe. Your stress levels will thank you for it.
The Sunday Spa - Exfoliate, moisturise, fake tan, deep condition your hair or just do whatever you can to feel nice. I try and do this on a Sunday night so I can start the week feeling good about myself and now that I've got Oliver, it helps to do as much beauty things in advance so I look a little less horrendous if I have to pop out to the shops without make-up. Extra points if you pop your PJs over the radiator so they're nice and warm for you coming out!
Sleep on it - Never underestimate the power of a good nights sleep (says me, who hasn't had one since June). Your brain processes all your thoughts and emotions while you sleep, which is why you sometimes wake up having made a decision overnight (hence the saying 'sleep on it') and it's also why you can end up extra emotional when you don't sleep enough (hence me..all the time). Resist the temptation to drag out the weekend by staying up extra late on a Sunday and have an early night.
Do Your Diary - I talked about the benefits of having weekly goals recently but I like to use a Sunday to plan my whole week. Mark up any appointments you have, shifts for work, classes at the gym or even programmes you want to watch on the telly. Looking at the week ahead and knowing when you're free and when you're busy helps to make Monday a bit less heavy on the brain.
Prep everything - I don't mean this in the #prepsundays sense where you need to cook 7 chicken breasts while squatting and drinking green smoothies. A Sunday should be prep day for everything. Wash and iron your clothes for the week, stock up your fridge with everything you'll need, pack your bag for work. The more preparation you do on a Sunday, the more smoothly your Monday is going to go and if Monday goes well, you've set yourself up for a good week.
Do you have any Sunday night rituals?