I’m sure at some point we have all felt the Sunday-night blues, especially after a really fun weekend with friends. Well, multiply that by about 20 and that is how a lot of teachers feel after the summer holidays…the struggle is real people!
Now, I should begin by saying that I absolutely love my job and the people I work with but I also love my time off so I spent this week feeling a weird mixture of excitement, dread and anticipation. After four days back in work, two with my new class, I can safely say that I am back in the swing of things but it made me think about what I do to avoid this feeling. I often joke with my friends about having the Sunday-night blues, so here are a few tips that work for me:
Obviously, food would be mentioned! I like to spend Sundays getting myself ready for the week ahead. I usually go shopping, cook a big, tasty one-pot dish that will keep us going for a few nights, make up my breakfast for the next day (overnight oats is a fave) and a salad for lunch. It just means that I don’t have to rush around the next morning or worry about what we’re having for dinner. I made a chili con carne this week and we had it one night with rice, the next night as burritos and the final night as quesadillas.
Not everyone’s idea of fun or relaxing but there is something to be said for releasing those endorphins. A long walk (with a stop off at your local pub or coffee shop!), a run, a session at the gym or some at-home yoga or Pilates can work wonders for your mood.
I like to spend a good chunk of Sunday night treating myself to a bit of a pamper session. This can include a long bubble bath, face mask, hair mask, manicure, pedicure or a fake tanning session. Dedicate a bit of time to yourself to ensure you start the week feeling good.
A good night’s sleep is going to make everything seem a bit better on Monday morning. There’s nothing better than freshly-washed sheets for me and a comfy pair of pjs. Try to turn off your phone/ laptop and read before bed to really switch off.
Ensure you have something in the diary to look forward to if you feel a bit blue on a Sunday night. It could be a mid-week dinner date with your friend, a spa day, a cinema trip or a weekend away, but having a fun event on the horizon can be really motivating.
Sometimes, I find that I worry because I think I have forgotten to do something. A simple to-do list, either on your phone or on some beautiful Paperchase stationary, does the trick for me. Even if my list is huge, having it all written down means I can prioritise and feel happy there isn’t a really important task I have missed.
I hope that this post is useful as I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling this way from time to time. x