Since it is back to business this week, I decided to repost an article I wrote in May! Enjoy:
I don’t know about ya’ll but a sista sure gets down in the dumps when it is time to go back to “business as usual” after a long holiday weekend. Being away from the regular routine, sleeping in late, eating lots of delicious foods, and fellowship with friends really spoils me. I often find myself daydreaming of a life where I don’t work, or do housework, money is plentiful and every weekend is like a holiday weekend. (There is music playing here!)
Ok, so back to the “real world”. I am quite sure that I am not alone. I had a conversation with a girl at work and she said that after she took 2 weeks off last year for a summer vacation, she was flat out depressed and was totally unprepared to come back to work (reality). There is a real condition called “Sunday Blues”. Wikipedia defines the Sunday Blues as “a condition characterized by anxiety about the week ahead and a sense of helplessness and depression that most often occurs on Sunday afternoons and evenings”.
So Divas, how do we enjoy getting back into a regular routine without dreading the week ahead? I found a couple of tips below, feel free to hit a Diva back with some of your own tips:
1. Get organized EARLY–in the earlier part of the day, take a few minutes to pick out clothes for the week, pack lunches and go through email. By doing it in the early part of the day, you will feel more relaxed in the afternoon/late evening.
2. Prepare yourself mentally. I went to a presentation during a work retreat and the speaker said that our minds are like faithful dogs—they do what we tell them. So, the speaker would say, tell yourself that you are going to enjoy the rest of your day AND that you are looking forward to tomorrow. (I know it sounds kinda cheesy but without directions, my mind goes all over the place.)
3. Go to bed early. Uggh! I so need to go to bed earlier. It is totally unrealistic to expect yourself to pop up after a late night feeling rested and ready for the day ahead. Not to mention that going to bed late helps me play the hit the snooze button game and then I AM RUNNING LATE. (Yeah, being late is just a wonderful way go get the week started!)
Write down what you need to get done the next day. I just love going into my office after a holiday or a weekend and totally not having a clue what I should be doing for the day. It is even better when I forget something that the girls need for school and have to double back. So today, I am going to take 15 minutes and actually look at my calendar for work and our family calendar then PLAN out what needs to be done.
5. Plan 1 fun activity this week! Lunch with a friend, family movie night, dinner out, or whatever activity that brings you joy, will give you something to look forward to and balance out some of the dread for the week ahead.
Proverbs 21:5 (The Message)
Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.