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How to Hack Your Weekend Schedule to Feel Less Stressed on Monday

Monday anxiety? Don’t know her.

By: Emma Lunsford

“BOO!” says Sunday evening, right as Monday anxiety creeps in. The Sunday scaries are no joke, as you start to remember the onslaught of to-dos coming up for the week. For some reason, we’ve deemed Monday as a day to get as much done as possible, when really? That’s an extremely overwhelming approach. Monday doesn’t have to be the most productive day of the week. In fact, it can be the most relaxed! Read on for the weekend hacks that can set you up for Monday success. 

8 Weekend Hacks to Make the Week Work FOR You

When you think of weekend hacks, things like making the most of your free time probably come to mind. However, today we’re taking a different approach. With these eight tips, you can make the most of your free time and prepare yourself for a less stressful Monday. Read on!

#1 Brain Dump Your Top To-Dos

Writing out to-do list

When our brain starts remembering all of those little tasks coming up in the week, our first response is usually to avoid them and distract ourselves with TV or scrolling Instagram. The problem? Those distractions usually don’t last for long, especially as the overwhelm continues to build. So rather than avoiding what you have to do, face it! Brain dump all of the top items that come to mind. And if needed, create a short Sunday to-do list. 

The keyword, though? Short. You don’t have to do all the things at once. Maybe just focus on the tasks that will make Monday easier overall, like getting a head start on laundry. 

#2 Optimize Your Sleep

Optimizing your sleep

Most of us associate Sunday mornings with sleeping in and being lazy. But, while there’s nothing wrong with extra rest, you can actually throw off your sleep cycle this way. Our bodies work best on consistent habits! It’s okay to sleep in for an hour or so, but any more, and it’ll probably be harder to get up on Monday morning. 

See these 9 Tips for Getting Your Circadian Rhythm Back on Track. 

#3 Schedule In YOU Time

Making time for self-care on the weekend

Sometimes Monday anxiety comes from dread. Rather than filling up every spare moment of the week with work, socializing, and everything else on your to-do list, make sure you schedule in time for yourself, too! 

This could look like panning out 30 minutes of alone time, doing something you love, or even scheduling your workouts. You can easily do this in the FitOn app! 

#4 Meal Prep

Meal prepping

It’s an oldie but a goodie. Meal prep is so popular for a reason: saving time! A lot of our stress comes from never feeling like there are enough minutes in the day. And with schedules getting busier and busier, it makes sense! 

However, you can avoid this by meal prepping on the weekends. And it doesn’t have to be anything extensive! Even whipping up one or two meals for the week can save you time in the kitchen on those hectic weeknights. 

RELATED: The Ultimate Guide to Meal Planning

#5 Avoid Overscheduling Mondays

Writing out Monday's schedule

Weekend hacks come down to being preemptive, right? Well the best possible way to set yourself up for Monday success, is to not overload your schedule. Again, one of the reasons Monday is so daunting is because we feel like we have to do all the things. Nuh-uh! The more laid back, the more we can ease into our week and keep our energy levels steady — rather than burning out on day one!

RELATED: 21 Ways to Beat Burnout When Taking Time Off Isn’t an Option 

#6 Disconnect Over the Weekend

Meditating

With most of us working from home now, it’s easy to feel like you can never truly switch off. This means our free time is practically nonexistent. But guess what? Always being glued to our phones drains our free time, too! Before we know it, we’re 3 hours deep in Instagram stories, wondering why the weekend keeps flying by.

So try to put your phone down during your days off and connect with other things that really bring you joy, like spending time with family, getting outside, or whipping up your favorite recipe. 

#7 Meditate: Keep Up With Your Self-Care!

Listening to a guided meditation on the weekend

Here’s your gentle reminder not to forget to keep up with your self-care each weekend! While it may feel like there are a dozen things to get done during your time off, self-care is key for feeling recharged by Monday morning. Try fitting in a morning or before-bed meditation on both weekend days — it may make a big difference in keeping your stress levels in check. 

Try these short meditations that will fit into even the busiest weekend schedule: 

Free From Anxiety

A positive meditation to help ease the anxiety of being a human being who cares about the world.

Get Calm Now

Your new go-to meditation when you need to find calmness now.

Cotton Candy Clouds 

A beautiful visual meditation, including those cotton candy clouds you see during sunset.

#8 Plan Some Chill Sunday Activities

Relaxing on the weekend

As Monday anxiety peaks on the weekend, you don’t want to sit in it too long. After making your to-do lists and getting ahead of the game, wind back down with some chill activities like painting or reading a book. It can help you not fixate so much on the stress of the week ahead! 

Ditch the Sunday Scaries With These Weekend Hacks

Keep in mind — we don’t have to put so much pressure on ourselves to make Monday as great as possible. Because at the end of the day, life happens. And sometimes even Mondays don’t go as planned. We don’t want our entire week to be thrown off just because of one day.

Instead, try to be flexible! And as you gear up for a new week, find things to get excited about, whether it’s a package that’s arriving or trying out a new recipe. Yay for Mondays with these weekend hacks!