Beat the Sunday Scaries: 5 Tips for a Successful Week

Sundays are the worst day of the weekend: The relaxing, rejuvenating Saturday comes to a close, and it’s time to start planning for the work week and to mentally prepare for the Monday morning alarm. While it’s okay to spend most of the day lounging on the couch, you can do a few easy things to set yourself up for a healthy, productive, and successful week and beat those “Sunday scaries” for good!

1.   Do Something Fun

One of the easiest ways to ward off the Sunday scaries is to carve out time for something you really enjoy: Read a book, play with your pet, have brunch with friends, or score a cheaper ticket at a movie matinee. The weekend is two whole days — don’t short-change yourself by spending Sunday dreading the week ahead. Treat it like a Saturday, just with an earlier bedtime.

2.   Get Moving

Exercise is proven to boost your mood, fight stress, and help you sleep, so why not get a jump on your weekday wellness goals with a Sunday sweat session? Even 30 minutes of moderate exercise — think something you can barely hold a conversation while doing — has awesome health benefits. When you’re riding high on endorphins, Monday morning feels like days away.

3.   Map Out Your Week Ahead

It may sound simple but sitting down to plan out your schedule for the week is a great way to sort out all of the to-do items occupying your brain during that last bit of the Netflix binge. Write down all of your appointments, important work meetings, plans with friends, and necessary errands. Seeing everything mapped out lets you visualize how the week will go and anticipate what you’ll need to do for a successful week.

4.   Tackle a To-Do Item

We all have those lists of things we would do if we had more time: Organize the pantry, clean out the garage, donate that pile of outgrown clothes, dust the mantle, vacuum the car, etc. Pick one thing that you can handle in an hour and just do it. You’ll head into your week with one less stressor weighing on your mind and maybe let those productive vibes carry over into Monday morning, too!

5.   Meal Prep and Plan

Prepping meals for the busy days and nights ahead is a great use of an extra hour on Sunday night, and it will help you maintain your healthy lifestyle even when you’re strapped for time during the week. Nutrition and hydration are two key ingredients in managing stress, but they’re often the first things to get overlooked. Sometimes work can be so busy that often the only liquid you’ve had all day is coffee.

Osso Good Bone Broth is an excellent choice for those busy, “working-through-lunch” kind of days. It’s full of vitamins, nutrients, and immune-boosting collagen to support healthy digestion and movement. Bone broth is great on its own — simply heat up a mug and sip as you type. But, spending a little time on Sunday to prepare a delicious, packable lunch will give you something to look forward to during a long day. Bone broth can be used in so many different types of recipes. Our recipe page is loaded with easy ideas for every type of foodie. Try this super simple Heart Kale and White Bean Soup — it’s enough for the whole week and made from ingredients you likely already have on hand. Heat it up, throw yourself a mini desk party at noon on Monday, and celebrate your successful week ahead!

Osso Good Hearty Kale and White Bean Soup

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

4 cups Osso Good Chicken Bone Broth

1 tablespoon olive, coconut, or other neutral cooking oil

1 can white cannellini or great northern beans

½ white onion, chopped

3 ribs of celery, chopped

3 large carrots, peeled and chopped (a handful of chopped baby carrots works, too!)

2 cloves of garlic, minced (or 1 – 1 ½ tablespoons pre-minced)

One big bunch of kale, leaves torn and stems removed

1 – 2 cups water, as needed

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Heat the tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauce pan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, celery, and carrots and sauté until beginning to soften, 5-6 minutes. Add garlic, salt, and pepper and sauté for an additional 2 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse and drain the beans.

Add in the chicken stock, rinsed and drained beans and continue to cook until beans and vegetables are softened. Add in the torn kale leaves and any additional water necessary to thin out the soup — for a thicker soup, omit the water. Finish with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Note: Soup can be frozen prior to adding the kale. To serve, warm over the stove and add the kale once the soup is hot. Cook until kale is wilted, 5-6 additional minutes.