10 Sunday Super Easy Tips To Create A Low Stress Week

For many people, Sunday is a day of rest and relaxation. But for those who want to set themselves up for a successful week, Sunday can also be a day of preparation. Meal planning, shopping lists, laundry, and getting organized for the upcoming week can help you start the week on the right foot.

And if you’re feeling stressed about the week ahead, taking some time for self-care on Sunday evening can help you recharge and face the week with a positive attitude. If you’re looking to set yourself up for success, consider spending some time on Sunday prepping for the week ahead.

You may just find that the littlest things make ALL the difference.

As a busy mom, you know that the weekend is packed and Monday comes way before you are ready. Sunday is always a mad scramble to get everything together. You need to make sure that you have lunches packed, homework done, and your house is ready for the week.

But there are a few ways to help make the transition smoother. To avoid the “Sunday Scaries” or the “Sunday Blues” try to protect your Sundays like your newborn baby.

Here are the important things that can help you set up the rest of the week for success:

Say NO Without Feeling Guilty About It

First thing first: The best way to prepare for the busy week ahead is stay home. I only attend events I HAVE to go to on Sundays, or else I am really behind the eight ball. I find Sunday prep, sets the tone for the week. That way, I’m not playing catch up all week long.

If you’re like most people, you probably feel a lot of guilt about saying no. But it’s important to remember that you can’t do it all. And if you try to cram too much into your Sunday, you’ll just end up stressed out. You want to close your eyes on Sunday night feeling ready to tackle the week. Sorry friends and family, this isn’t personal.

Grocery Shop

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Healthy tip: Shop the perimeter of the store for healthier food options.

I know you may have a love hate relationship with the grocery store, but you can save a bit of time during the week. You don’t want to have to stop after work, right? When you grocery shop on Sunday, you can take the time to meal plan and make sure you have all the ingredients you need for the week ahead.

This way, during the school week, you can just focus on cooking and don’t have to waste time running to the store for last-minute ingredients. We waste a lot of money on convenience.

Organizing your grocery list by aisle can also help save time. When you know where everything is in the store, you can zip through and get what you need without having to wander up and down every aisle. So next Sunday, take some time to grocery shop and get ahead of the week!

If you loathe the store like me, then grocery pick up is convenient and can save you time for meal prepping. Since the Pandemic, I have relied on online grocery ordering.

I love picking up my groceries early Sunday a.m. You can stick to a budget and the more important thing is that you can check your refrigerator and closets for the all the ingredients you need for the week ahead. No impulse buying this way. Trust me, I know from experience. Ordering through the app saves me time and money.

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Get the kids involved.

Meal Plan

One of the best ways to have a productive week is to meal plan. This means taking some time at the beginning of the week to think about what you’ll be cooking for each meal. This may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. It will have you much time in the long haul.

Keep it simple, especially for those families who play sports. Healthy meals may be more difficult to prepare on a whim. Fast food can make life easier when you are over scheduled, but if you want to eat healthy, it is best to have a plan.

Sundays I cook all day. I always try to have a meal or two in the freezer. Somethings I like to freeze ahead of time: sauce with meatballs, a tray of baked ziti or a pyrex of chili.

If I have to attend an event or I have something to do, I try to make sure I have at least one meal prepared for Monday. Monday always needs to be an easy night to transition into the week. If you can reheat something that has already been prepared, it will be a smoother evening. A typical schedule for our family looks like this:

Monday: Meal prepped on Sunday

Tuesday: Taco night ( WE LOVE Taco Tuesdays at our house.)

Wednesday: Grilled chicken or pasta night

Thursday: Leftovers or a crockpot meal.

Friday: Pizza or delivery night

Saturday: Eat out, Visit family, or grill (weather permitting)

Sunday: PREPARE (cook what you can, even one meal helps)

Catch Up On Laundry

Oh, laundry! My nemesis. It is such a chore, I know. By taking some time to catch up on laundry on Sundays, you can help ensure that you have clean clothes for the week ahead. There is nothing worse than the kids complaining that all their clothes are dirty when they are getting ready for school.

As much as you dread it, get ahead. Get all the laundry going. Even if it isn’t folded and put away, you will feel accomplished. Looking at mountains of laundry can overwhelm anyone. Do one load at a time on Sunday and get the family involved.

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My Nemesis. Laundry vs Me. I always lose.

Organize Your Home

One of the best ways to start the week off on the right foot is to organize your home. This means taking a few hours on Sunday to declutter and straighten up your living space. Not only will this make your home look nicer, but it will also make you feel more organized and in control.

Maybe you can sort through a pile of mail, put away the toys, or organize your closet. One less thing you will have to do during the week.

Small tasks can make a big difference.

Check the Calendar

It’s the start of a new week, which means it’s time to review the calendar and make sure you’re prepared for the week ahead. This is a great way to set yourself up for a productive week and avoid any surprises. First, take a look at the kids’ school calendar and note any projects or events. Then, check your work schedule and confirm any deadlines or meetings.

Are there any doctor’s appointments this week? School events/activities? Communicate with your spouse about pick ups, drops off, etc. I am always worried I am going to forget someone somewhere, this is a normal fear, right?!

Finally, review your commitments and make sure you have something scheduled there for you. I met my girlfriends for dinner one evening and it felt so good to reconnect.

Put “you” time on the calendar too. Do you use Google Calendar? I find it is a wonderful tool to keep me organized. By taking the time to review the calendar for the week ahead, you can ensure that you’re organized and prepared for everything that comes your way in the upcoming days .

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Family Time

Quality Time With Family

One of the best ways to relax and unwind after a productive week is to spend quality time with the family on Sundays. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend every minute of the day with them, but it’s important to make time for some shared activities.

You can start the day by sharing a cup of coffee with your husband and chatting about the week ahead. Then, you can enjoy some leisure time together, whether it’s going for a walk or watching a movie.

This is the day to take out the board games or play in the yard. After I set up the Barbie Dream House with my daughter, I feel accomplished for the week ahead. We need unstructured fun with our family.

By taking some time out to relax and connect with loved ones, you can recharge your batteries and prepare for another busy upcoming days. We can’t just cook and clean all day, even if we want to. There is never ENOUGH time in the day, but we have to make the best of what we have.

Stay off of Social Media

Okay, this is a tough one, but before you lose Sunday afternoon: Think twice about scrolling through all your feeds. Staying off of social media is a good way to help you have a more productive week. We don’t realize the precious time our phones eat up.

So next time you’re feeling tempted to scroll through your feed, take a step back and remember how productive you can be when you stay focused. Remember the goal for Sunday. You need today to be as productive as possible to decrease your stress for the week ahead.

Staying off of social media can help you to avoid distractions and stay focused on what’s important. Give your children or your spouse the attention rather than your phone. You will be amazed at much can get done when you are not distracted.

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Self care is everything. Schedule the time.

Self Care: Take Time for Yourself

Carve out a little me time in between the laundry and dishes. You should do this every day, but it may not be realistic. Everyone and everything else can’t be taken care of with you taking care of Mama. Set up the tone for the week with self-care Sunday.

Build this into your Sunday routine. Maybe you can take your dog for a walk, or you can stroll around the neighborhood. Maybe you can read a good book, take a nap or watch your favorite show. You may have a long work week ahead, Sunday’s you should take a little time (or a lot of time). The key is to not feel guilty about it. You deserve it!

Take a Relaxing Bath

When is the last time you took a bath? For real ladies? We need to think about our relaxation, but we often don’t set aside time for ourselves. A relaxing bath can be the perfect way to end your weekend and prepare for the week ahead. Add some soothing candles, play some calming music, and enjoy some peace and quiet.

CELEBRATE ALL YOU DID TODAY! This is a time to relax and reflect on the past week. Be positive. Be kind to yourself. What went well? How can you set the week with a positive mindset?

Conclusion

Sundays are a great time to prep for the week ahead. Set yourself up for a better week. The simple things you do on a Sunday can set you up for success. You can grocery shop, meal plan, catch up on laundry and organize your home.

But don’t forget to take some time for yourself as well. Relax and enjoy your day! The next day will be much smoother when you feel prepared. What do you do on Sundays to prep for the week? Share your tips in the comments below?

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7 Comments

  1. Great article, it makes so much sense to get yourself organised for the week ahead on a Sunday. I try to do my meal planning then, and create a shopping list from that. And then order my online shopping for delivery or pick up on Monday.

    1. Hi Pippa, Thanks for stopping by. It really does help to have a routine for success. I hate to feel like I am on a hamster wheel, but I know Sundays are everything for me.

  2. ohhh yes, these are such good tips & tricks. I love a slow Sunday for self-care. taking a bath, filling out my journal and planner for the next week. Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo Annaleid

    1. Hi Annaleid,

      Thank you for stopping by…I love the idea of a “slow Sunday” I live in my leggings or sweats on Sundays. Nothing fancy, ever. I am glad you found my tips and tricks helpful.

  3. My busy mamma days are behind me, but one thing I learned that took some of the pressure off, was to teach my kids how to do their own laundry. Each child (around age 13) gets a day of the week (when they can be coached by a parent on the “how”). This eliminates the “I have no clean ______” and prepares them for life. How many grown people have no idea about how to sort/launder clothes when they go off on their own? Start early and make it a little easier on yourselves.

    1. Hi Lynn, Thank you for stopping by. And you were on to something. I think creating independent routines can be very helpful. Gianna has become very good at sorting and putting away her own laundry already. Next stop, she will learn about the machines:) Thank you for the suggestions. xoxo

  4. Excellent post! Sunday is definitely a day of preparation for me. I’ve learned a few new tips here, which I’ll have to implement asap. Thanks for sharing.

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