My anxiety is the worst on Sunday nights! Can anyone relate?
Ever since I was a little kid, I would get terrible anxiety on Sunday nights. I was always an anxious child, but it would heighten around dinner time on Sundays. I loved going to school! Yet, I would get anxiety about going to school! I remember in elementary school, I hated going to technology. It was more like woodworking, but they called it technology. I was so bad at it that I would get sick to my stomach. I would literally puke Sunday nights and Monday mornings. When I was in middle school, I hated going to gym class. I remember the other kids getting so competitive during the volleyball season. I do not have one athletic bone in my body, so I knew I would disappoint. Once again, I would get so sick and throw up on Sunday nights and Monday mornings. In 9th grade, I absolutely hated having to swim in gym class. I think you get the point.
At this point in my life, I don’t get sick to my stomach, instead I overeat! I don’t know which way is worse. Ironically, I’m a teacher, even after all that anxiety from school. I’m finishing up my summer break and I feel my anxiety creeping in like an intruder. Tomorrow isn’t technically my first day back, but I’m going in to meet some teachers, so we can start planning. My anxiety makes me a planner instead of a procrastinator, which I guess is one positive result from my anxiety. The end of the summer is just one big Sunday night for me! My aunt calls it the Sunday Blues! She is talking about when people who work Monday-Friday jobs get depressed on Sunday nights because that means the work week is starting all over again! This is worse than the Sunday Blues. If you have anxiety, you know what I’m talking about.
There are three things that I try to do to lessen my version of the Sunday Blues. Maybe they will work for you!
Exercising helps to get my anxiety out. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy. It can be walking around the neighborhood with a loved one. It could be going for a bike ride. If you want to actually go to the gym, do it! I just would make sure you don’t do it too close to bed time. When I workout too close to bed time, I can’t fall asleep! Everyone is different though.
2.Do something that you enjoy!
This can be simple too. For me, it’s either reading a book or watching a good movie with my husband. Both things distract me from my relentless thoughts! I’ve also heard that reading helps you fall asleep, and that will be key for number 3 below. It can be something else for you. It could be meditating, taking a bath, or reading blogs!
3.Get a good night’s sleep!
I love my sleep! I love my naps too! However, today I would not allow myself to nap. I knew if I napped, I wouldn’t get to sleep at a decent time. I need 8 hours, sometimes more. Again, everyone is different. So I’m going to start winding down to read or watch a movie by 8pm the latest. This gives me 2 hours to relax. Lately, I’ve been taking Melatonin. It’s a natural supplement to help you sleep. I am not a doctor, so ask your doctor before you try it.
I wish you all a relaxing Sunday night and Monday morning!