The Monday Fear
We all know the feeling: It’s a Sunday afternoon, you’ve the whole day ahead of you but all you can think is ‘Tomorrow’s Monday.’ It seems like I wait the whole week for the weekend to come, and as soon as it does, it’s over. Sometimes I can’t even enjoy Sunday’s because the thought that the weekend is over is the only thing on my mind. After having seven weeks off from college since we finished for Christmas, yes seven, tomorrow is my first day back, and for the first time in seven weeks I’ve experienced The Monday Fear. So, what’s a girl to do when even the thought of getting up tomorrow morning exhausts you? And when next weekend seems like a mirage in the distance? Here’s my guide on how to handle The Monday Fear. After going to school for twelve years and getting up at 7:30 Monday to Friday, I’ve picked up a few things along the way that helped me make it through to the weekend without going insane. I hope that they help you too!
Make the most of the weekend – For a lot of people the weekend begins as soon as school/college/work is finished on a Friday evening. Make the most of this time! There are two and a half days until Monday from then, make the most of it! While it’s easy to spend the weekend doing chores and getting things done that you didn’t have time to do during the week, try to make sure that you get other things done as well. Otherwise Saturdays will feel like another weekday, except you’re doing a different job. And nothing makes Monday morning a bit easier than filling your friends in on something great that happened over the weekend or trying to piece together Saturday night with your friends after you all had a few too many tequilas.
Make plans for during the week – Five out of seven days of the week are spent in work/school/college for a lot of people, you might as well enjoy them! I find that if I stop treating weekdays like they are solely dedicated to college that there are plenty of opportunities to do other things. Going to the cinema on a Wednesday, doing some late night shopping on a Thursday, or having friends over for dinner on a Tuesday makes the week go by a whole lot easier. If you have something to look forward to, the week won’t seem so bad.
Do something that you enjoy – This usually happens for me on a Sunday. It’s the day that I have a few hours to spend to myself and can do something that I usually wouldn’t have time for. Whether it be having a bath, baking, shopping – doing something that you enjoy makes you feel like you did something good with your weekend, even if it was just watching Friends re-runs in your pyjamas.
Organise the week ahead – Closing your diary and pushing all of the things you’ve to do for work to the back of your head on a Friday afternoon leads to only one thing – panic on a Sunday night. Although it’s the last thing I want to do, I always try to spend a half an hour or so planning the next week and making lists of what I’ve to do. That means that come Sunday night, when you’re just about to fall asleep, you won’t remember 100 things you’ve to do the next day and leave you sitting exhausted and stressed at your desk on Monday morning.
Remember: The weekend will come again – I tend to forget this a lot. Although the weekend goes by in the blink of an eye, the week sometimes drags on as if it will never end. When I feel The Monday Fear creeping in, I always try to remember that just like last week, Monday came and went, as did the weekend. The weekend will come again, and you’ll be able to lye in and relax once more. Sure, if we didn’t have early mornings and stressful days during the week, we wouldn’t value the weekends as much, would we? 😉
I hope this post has helped anyone else who has The Monday Fear, and I’m not the only one who experiences this! I’ve no picture of a nice cup of tea and a magazine to place at the end of this like I always do as I’ve started a new job and it was dark when I got home – I can’t wait for the days that it’s bright until 10! But trust me, a chocolate chip muffin and cup of tea are about to be devoured 🙂
*If we wait until we are ready, we will be waiting the rest of our lives*