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Episode 27: Avoiding the Sunday Scaries

Description: This week, the Self-Care Squad shares ways they avoid the Sunday Scaries. Listen to see what might help you walk into Monday with a little less dread.


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Transcription: Hi, and welcome to episode 27 of season two of Self-Care for Educators. I'm your host, Tina Boogren. If my voice still sounds funny, I mentioned this last week it's because I'm holding onto this cold a little bit longer. I caught one of those lovely winter, non-COVID colds, and it's just taken me a while to kind of get fully over it. Woof. So, if you hear it in my voice, that's what it is, but I'm definitely on the upswing. So, this week's invitation comes straight out of my Facebook group, which is my happy place that so many of you are a part of. If you're not please jump over and join us. You can find us just over on Facebook search for self-care for educators. And, there we are. Come join the squad. What I posted recently was a question as I do most mornings. So, if you're not familiar with kind of the format, I post a reflection question in the morning for us to kind of contemplate and get our day started. Right? And, the question that I posted was, What's one tip that you have for Sunday Scaries?

Now, I don't think I need to really explain the Sunday Scaries, but just in case the Sunday Scaries are that feeling that kind of starts to slip in and take over on Sundays as we start thinking ahead to the week ahead of us in our to do list and oh, it's just kind of can be a feeling of dread a feeling of anxiety. And, it doesn't mean we don't love our jobs. It just, is that feeling of like, well, there's so many things to do and get done. And, when the Sunday Scaries take hold, it can take away the beauty of the weekend. So, I just asked you all what your tips were for dealing with this. And, we got amazing ideas, so I just want to share some of them because they're so incredible. And so, my invitation is to listen carefully and see if one of these feels like something that you might be able to play with yourself this week.

Okay. So let's see, first Karla Jo Ford says that she makes decisions for the week that are non-essential, but are stressful. So for example, like deciding her wardrobe for the school week--love that. Then, we got a couple of additional examples on that comment. So Christy Johnson said, I totally agree. Meal planning is another one. And, Kirsten Belrose said, Those are great. She does the same thing and also pre-schedules out her after-school time. So, this allows her to make a decision that if something comes up that's not already on the calendar, she has permission to say no, or at least consider. I love that Morgan Mikkelsen Davis says--and this one is so great, you guys listen carefully. So Morgan says, I try to do all of my work and chores on Friday and Saturday. This makes Sunday feel like the reward at the end of the week, instead of the start of the to-do news to dues for the next week. I love that.

Katie Wessen-White says, I amp up the self-care things that I rushed, or I skipped during the week. I also use self-care Sundays for things like reading and writing and creating and sticking with my exercise. Love that. Barbara Rice says that she sets Sunday aside for family and friends. Schoolwork is on school days. Now it took a couple of years to learn this, but I'm a much better mom, wife, and teacher, if work has its boundaries. Oh Barbara, thank you. I think so many of us can relate to. Jacquelin Whitaker says that she spends Sundays worshiping, meditating, and connecting with family and friends. And, that gives her the boost that she needs to walk into Monday smiling. Oh, how I love that. Yes. Julia Redell says meal planning. Yup. That way, the rest of the week, she doesn't even have to think about what she's going to eat. She looks at what her Sunday's self determined and just trust that. I love that. Absolutely.

Let's see. What else? Nicole Sherwood-Jeffers says she gets her lesson plans done by Friday, meal plans and groceries are done by Saturday, and then she gets to sit and rest on Sundays. I love that she also thinks of three things that she's looking forward to in the upcoming week. I love that. Christy Winkle says that she has her Monday lesson plans done before she leaves work on Friday. That's a great invitation for us to think about this week. Lara P. Olsen Prozinski says, I've been teaching for 30 years, and I still get anxiety on Sundays. Oh, Julie Bell jumped in and said, Same. I'm glad it's not just me. And, let me just jump in and say same, same, same. Most of us feel this. So, this is exactly why I wanted ... So, we can deal with this. Yes. Lynne Hansen says she leaves on Friday prepared and ready for the next week. Love that. So not just prepared for Monday, but prepared for the whole week. Jenny Ceretto says she does not check her email. That is a great way to avoid the Sunday. Scaries.

Jennifer Goss says, Anything family. Family-related and nothing school related. So, she does her grocery shopping meal plans, maps hangs out with the hubs and the kiddos, takes a pup for a walk. Love that. That's just a sampling of some of the amazing ideas that we got. I just love ... I just think it's just a shame if we find those Sunday Scaries taking away all of our joy on Sunday, which is one of our true days of rest. So, I hope that you found a couple of ideas here or maybe some new thinking for yourself that you might be able to try again. I love the idea of being prepared for the next week before you leave on Friday, or if you spend some time getting things done on Sunday, maybe you shift it to Saturday this week and see what that feels like. Maybe you put some boundaries in place and recognize that if it doesn't get done, it doesn't get done. That idea of spending work time at work and home time at home is a pretty incredible idea to play with. I wish you luck. I'm going to try some of these out myself.

As always, a huge thank you to Brooke for making this happen. Thank you to Solution Tree and Marzano Resources for this incredible job I get to do. And, to you by bad-ass Self-Care Squad. I love, love, love when I ask a question and get such thoughtful responses and to see you all interacting with each other and thanking each other, it's just an incredible community that we have built here. I'm so grateful for you. I'm cheering so stinking hard for you have an amazing week.

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