Here’s an honest truth: I used to hate Sundays!
I would always get what I used to call ‘The Sunday Blues’, and every week on this day I would very predictably get grumpier and grumpier as the day went on. Sundays for me meant several things: the day before Monday (ie. getting back to work!), barely anything is open or if it is, it closes early (especially in sleepy Cornwall!), and the concept of putting your feet up and ‘doing nothing’ – which I HATED!
I’ve always been a fidget; I struggle to lie in for very long, I rarely enjoy having a bath, and the thought of doing nothing at all has always confused me. Why would I want to sit around when I can be out doing things and being productive etc?
Well, I’m still a fidget who finds it hard to switch off, BUT my mindset has definitely changed slightly; about Sundays, taking baths, and ‘doing nothing’. I think I’ve come to the point where I recognise the need for relaxation more, and the need to just switch off your brain and think about… just nothing!
I like cramming my week full of work, meetings, gym sessions, seeing friends, going out, walking the dog, and being social, but at the end of all that, I’ve realised I definitely need a day of rest and chill. Not only to recover from a full and busy week, but also to recuperate and refresh myself for another week ahead.
I think I just get it now. I get why people have ‘lazy Sundays’, and I’m actually enjoying allowing myself to be ‘lazy’ once in a while. To just chill with those closest to you and not be in a rush to do anything at all.
Below are some things I’m starting to enjoy doing on a lazy Sunday:
- Lie in till past 10am(!!), waking up naturally and switching the TV on for the Sunday breakfast shows
- Having tea and toast in bed with the curtains open so I can see the birds
- Heading out for a late roast lunch to fill me up for the whole day so I don’t have to worry about cooking food! One of my favourite spots for a roast has to be the Miner’s Arms in Mithian; their roasts are amazing and they even do vegetarian and vegan ones too.
- Walking the dog if it’s nice outside but not pressuring myself to do it if it’s not; one day won’t kill her and it usually looks like she’d prefer to be snuggled up on the sofa with me anyway!
- Having dog cuddles and reading books til the late afternoon, unable to move from being so full
- Getting slowly less and less full and finding some crisps or biscuits in the kitchen to nibble on – because f**k it, it’s the weekend!
- Running a bubble bath and spending the evening soaking in the warmth listening to relaxing music
- Cuddling up in bed early to watch a movie and slowly drift into a nice long sleep ready for Monday morning
I have to say I think it probably also helps that I don’t really dread Mondays that much anymore. I love what I do, and being self employed means that my work and life are much more blended into one. Sometimes I work in the evenings and on weekend, sometimes I do very little work on a Monday and go out for walks instead, I can go through a couple of emails while lying in bed on Sunday morning etc. It’s less clear where my weekend and my work week end and begin, so Monday is a less daunting prospect!
However, I think for everyone it’s still important to have that rest time. Not necessarily every week! Sometimes I like having lots going on the weekend; but right now, especially in the cold of Winter, I’m enjoying using it as a day to chill and take it easy – something I never thought I could do!
Do you find it easy to relax? Do you love or hate Sundays? Comment below!