By Betsy Voreacos
Weekends were made so we can unwind, have fun, and enjoy our families. But when you’re a busy mom, it’s almost impossible to relax on a Sunday. Your mind is always skipping five steps ahead, making your head spin with thoughts of the week to come. Here’s how to make Sunday fun day once again.
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Never underestimate the power of a list! Just the mere act of writing down and crossing off gives you a sense of control and accomplishment. Write down everything you need to get done. Swirling thoughts settle down when they’re put in their place, on a piece of paper. And the more you write down, the more you can cross off.
One of the best ways to put the future out of your mind is to put some fun in the present. Plan an activity with your family. Go to a ball game, check out a museum, or just toss a Frisbee at the park. Whatever you do, backburner the worries so you can be present and have a good time.
Make down time mandatory.
Even if unwinding is what you’ve technically been doing, sometimes you need to unwind again after a day with your kids. And the same goes for them. They need to calm down and get themselves in gear for the school week ahead. Take an hour in the evening for everyone to just breathe. Do a little family yoga, read a book out loud, or zone out on the couch to get a little more Zen into your systems.
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Pack it up!
A minute spent preparing on Sunday night saves you more than a minute’s worth of stress on Monday morning! Do what you can do in advance to make the week start out more smoothly: make lunches, load up backpacks, and lay out kids’ clothes.
Make Lunch Prep Easier With Bounty
Assemble sandwiches right on a sheet of Bounty paper towel to make cleanup a breeze, and provide a built-in napkin for your kids. Just fold the paper towel over the sandwich and seal the whole thing in a zip-top bag, plastic wrap, or aluminum foil.
Count your blessings.
When you spend time thinking about what you’re thankful for, it gives you less time to fret about what’s ahead. Whether you verbalize your gratitude over family dinner or just run it through your head on Sunday afternoon, it will help keep you grounded and aware of what is most important.
How do you keep calm as the weekend winds down?
Betsy lives with her family a stone’s throw from New York City. An overly involved mother of three children, Betsy has always been acutely aware of her shortcomings as a parent, not to mention those of her children. She documents her life in the brutally honest Old Minivans Die Hard.