Is that nauseous feeling you have in your stomach a result of the Sunday scaries, or is it just Sunday? Let’s be honest, it’s probably both. For most, Sundays are reserved for sleeping in, binging a good show and not lifting a finger. However, for college students, it’s essentially a reminder that something much worse is looming: Monday. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be filled with dread and distress. Rather it can be a day of getting things done. That’s why VALLEY’s here to give you all the rules for the best Sunday reset.
Rule Number One: Make Your Bed
You’re probably thinking, “What’s the point?” or “No one is going to see my bed anyways?” Despite those rationales, making your bed first thing in the morning is the simplest, yet most effective way to start your day. It’s something you can immediately check off your to-do list, and it requires little to no effort. Think about it this way, if you start your day looking in the mirror, telling yourself, “Oh my gosh, I look horrible today,” then essentially you’re setting the rest of your day up for failure. Starting your morning with confidence will emulate a better day. The same goes for making your bed; it’s a positive way to start your morning and lead a more productive day.
Rule Number Two: Power Hour
While most would view Sunday as a rest day in their weekly workout routine, taking about an hour of your day to hit the gym is more beneficial than one would assume. As college students, it can be difficult to get to the gym during the week with such demanding schedules, so fitting it in on the weekend can be much more accommodating. Let’s be realistic here, it doesn’t need to be a full-throttle gym session. Merely going for a walk with a friend, doing yoga or even following a quick home workout video can help relieve any stress you’re having about the upcoming work week.
Extra Tip: Yoga With Adriene on YouTube, is VALLEY’s recommendation for the best at-home yoga session to help you unwind in the morning.
Take THE Shower
Now, this isn’t just any ordinary shower. This is THE shower. You know, the shower where you clean every crevice of your body and shave all of the above. Yes, that shower. This is a must-do every Sunday because there’s no better feeling than getting into bed after taking a long, hot shower. A way to make your shower even more relaxing is to imagine the water as a way of washing away all your stress and any negative things you’ve been feeling that day.
Extra Tip: Body Restore shower steamers are the perfect addition to make your shower routine that much more relaxing.
Rule Number 3: Run Those Errands
Time to tackle those pesky errands you’ve been putting off all week. Yup, that expired milk and moldy bread has got to go. That said, grocery shopping should be near the top of your to-do list on Sundays. Although tedious, you can easily make grocery shopping more fun. Pinterest some meal ideas or fun things to bake on those stressful weeknights. Plus, it’s always nice having a stocked fridge with all your favorite foods for the week.
Rule Number Four: Laundry Time
Ah, laundry. Isn’t it just “loads” of fun? Well, whether you like it or not, it’s just one of those things you have to do. Having a whole set of clean clothes for the week is much more convenient than having to rummage through all your dirty clothes to find the leggings that smell the least rank. Instead, stay ahead of the game by getting your all laundry done on Sunday. Bonus points if you’re brave enough to wash your sheets as well!
Rule Number Five: Restart and Restock
Are things beginning to run low? This is the perfect opportunity to restock your almost empty toothpaste, that final roll of toilet paper and those old hand towels. Having all your favorite products and items full and ready for use this week will essentially make you feel more organized and worry-free about things being in short supply.
Rule Number Six: Make a To-Do List
Writing down all things you need to complete is the best way to get a head start to the upcoming week. You’ll go into Monday already knowing what you need to complete Tuesday. This course of action is crucial for staying on top of things and making sure you don’t miss important deadlines.
Extra Tip: If you have trouble keeping a paper planner neat and organized, VALLEY suggests Asana, a free digital planner that organizes all your assignments while making to-do lists that much easier!
Rule Number Seven: Watch Your Favorite Show/Movie
The best way to end your Sunday reset is with your favorite show or comfort movie. It’s time to light a candle, get into your favorite pair of sweats, sit back and relax because you have just completed the ultimate Sunday reset!
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