Another weekend went by and you were productive and had a lot of
fun with your family and friends. Come Sunday evening, reality sets in that the
workweek starts again tomorrow.
On Sundays anxiety and overwhelm may set in when thinking about
your busy week ahead. This overwhelm can come from:
Overscheduling yourself with too many things
throughout the week
Not having a schedule or plan to help keep
your tasks organized
Low focus and energy from lack of certainty
around new obligations that might come up
All of these lead to feeling overwhelmed and maybe you even feel weighed
down by your to-do list. That’s often when we feel like we’re just reacting to
things where we feel like we’re lacking control, instead of being proactive and
feeling in control. Cue overwhelm!
A client recently shared that she has been feeling off track
because traveling and having visitors stay with her had impacted her routine.
Not meal planning, prepping and cooking was impacting her food choices so she
was feeling stuck in a plateau. This led her to feeling a bit anxious and that
her weeks were weighing her down.
When digging deeper, we discovered that it wasn’t
really that she was out of her routine of cooking and meal planning, it was
that she wasn’t clear on what she had coming up each week so she was being
reactive instead of proactive and that was what was leading to her feeling
controlled by her week instead of feeling in control of her week. The solution
we discussed is getting clear on Sundays about what she has coming up each
To help take the uncertainty out of your week, meal prepping
doesn’t necessarily need to be the only solution. It could be as simple as
taking a look at your schedule on Sunday so you have an idea of what’s coming
up, thinking about what time you’ll eat dinner, writing your schedule down in a
planner, or scheduling in a few minutes for yourself. Next time you are feeling
panicked on a Sunday night, ask yourself:
What are my intentions for the week? How can I go into the week feeling prepared?
Do I have my tasks scheduled? Is there any free time in case something unexpected comes up during the week? And, if something unexpected does come up, is it something you feel obligated to do, or is it something you want to do?
Just by taking some time to look ahead on Sunday can be helpful to sort out your week so you can be proactive instead of reactive. It also helps so you can set intentions for the week of what you can take on, if anything. This type of planning is the difference between controlling your week and feeling controlled by the week.
About Laura B. Folkes:
Laura B. Folkes is a graduate of the Institute for
Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She
supports busy adults who know what they should be eating but have a hard time
sticking to it by helping them identify the familiar patterns keeping them
stuck so they can radically transform their relationship with food. She ensures
her clients don’t feel deprived by guiding them to make small, incremental
changes so the journey is more enjoyable. After successfully losing 60 pounds
and working through her own emotional relationship with food, Laura recognizes there
are many factors keeping individuals from sticking to what they know works but
it’s her mission to help others overcome these factors to become healthier and
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