Monday to me is equal to; your standing orders for your bills, your period, drinking plain water and putting on a bra in the summer – something that is mega shit, but you still have to do anyway.
I don’t think there are many things worse than 6pm on a Sunday and you start to spiral into despair. The thought of that hideous meeting you have on Tuesday with Debbie and the shit storm of emails you’ll have by 9:01 come Monday morning.
Whilst you can never fully prepare for the fresh hell that is that Monday morning alarm, there are a few things that you can do on a Sunday to ease the pain for the rest of the week.
Plan your outfits
This is something I’ve started doing of late and it honestly shaves about 15 minutes off of my morning and avoid me throwing a strop with the classic ‘I have nothing to wear in this massive wardrobe, everything is shit and I hate it’.
It takes the stress out of choosing what to wear when you’re still delirious and moments away from turning into the incredible hulk.
And remember, ‘dress for the job you want, not the job you have’.
Make your lunches and snacks for the week
If you’re trying to make better decisions and not eat 3 Subway cookies most days like I seem to be recently. A fab idea is to bulk make your lunches and snacks and slap it all in a Tupperware ready to go.
Bulk make some pasta/salad/sandwiches or leftovers and pop all your fruit and yoghurts and whatever else your heart may desire into some containers and you’re good to go. Saving you money, time and brain power throughout the rest of the week.
Just remember to get it out of the fridge in the morning, there is nothing more gut-wrenching then getting half way to work and realising your delicious left over pizza isn’t with you.
Have a bath and hair wash. Do a body scrub and moisterise. Slap on a load of face masks. Get the foot cheese grater thingy and pamper your tootsies. Whatever it is that makes you feel put together, do it. Treat yourself like the queen you are.
Write a to-do list
Whether it’s a list of chores you want done, your food shop, an ASOS order you had no business ordering has to now go back, or like me writing out what content I want to write and maybe to draft some cheeky emails.
Get yourself as organised as you can, so it’s one less job for future you.
Have something in the diary for midweek
Having something to look forward to, to get you through the week is one of my most recommended rituals. It doesn’t have to be anything lavish, it could be cooking something really yummy for dinner that night, going for a quiet drink with your friend, going and seeing your family for a cuppa. Anything at all that you have to break your week up can only be a good thing.
Have an early night
Waking up tired when your alarm goes off on a Monday, and thinking ‘oh my f’ing jesus I have to do this another 4 times before a day off’ is not the kind of mental attitude I like to start my week off with.
So to avoid, Sunday is the one night where I (sometimes) go to bed at a semi reasonable hour. Watch an episode of something in bed a little earlier than normal, put your phone away long before you go to sleep so you’re not thinking about how the Insta algothrim is behaving this evening, and get a restful nights sleep.