Being a college student is hard. For most of us college is something that creates a lot of stress, sometimes even anxiety and leaves us with no time for ourselves.
Especially around exam season, it is all about using time to study with just the basic needs like food and shower (after like 3 days studying) covered.
I know how it is. You want to pass on that exam, you want to get a good grade, you need it for that application or for that job, or whatever. I understand. And you should study. A lot. It is just how it is in college. And even if you don‘t have the time to pamper yourself every day and put away your textbooks to just Netflix and chill, you can still do something that not just helps you destress but can also boost your productivity.
And this magic tool is, my friends, the sunday evening routine.
So the week is over but you are still studying on the weekend. No time for relaxing, there is a lot to do. Sunday quickly approaches and it is also quickly gone. It is already monday again and you feel like your life is a mess and you already have no energy or motivation for the new week.
How about starting the week fresh and with a lot of motivation? Or how about starting it with a plan, with a purpose, relaxed and knowing that everything is planned out and you know what to do? What about starting the week with plucked eyebrows, painted nails, nice skin and feeling great? Or starting the week without the chaos in your head, without being stressed even before the week really starts?
It is possible.
The only thing you have to do is to decide to set aside your sunday evening for your new routine.
This may be the hardest part. You need to let go of wanting to study to the last minute. Study on a sunday if that is what you think is beneficial for you. But at least leave your sunday evening study-free and develop a routine for yourself.
It is going to help you in many ways. You can choose whatever you want to include in your routine. It could be something that you want to do but never find the time for it, like reading, drawing, journaling, watching a show or taking a nice bubble bath.
What else could it be?
It could be something that makes you more organized and productive in the next week, like planning the week, making to-do lists, bullet journaling, reading some tips on productivity and plan on implementing them or planning your outfits for the week, laying out your outfit for the next week or even cleaning your room. You could meal prep for the week or just plan out what you want to eat and make a grocery list.
It could be something that makes you feel better about yourself, like having a pampering evening with face masks, nail polish, hair treatments, shaving and eating healthy foods or drinking healthy smoothies. Or you could check out the new fashion trends and declutter your wardrobe to make space for new clothes that you like. You could try DIY beauty tips from Pinterest.
It could be something that gets you in shape, physically and mentally. You could work out, do yoga, meditate, light some candles and get in the zone. Listen to some music, get out your coloring books, zentangle or just DIY something.
This routine will recharge you for the upcoming week. It is a nice closure but also a nice way to get ready for the challenges of the new week.
So how to create a routine?
First, you need to decide how much time you want to set aside for this every sunday. It could be 2 hours, or 30 minutes, you could even do this all sunday if you want to. But how much time you have is going to define what you can do and how many things you can add to your routine.
Once you decided how much time you want to set aside, pick 2 or 3 things you want to definitely do. For example, you could choose yoga, because you want to get some work out in there, planning, to be more organized and painting your nails to give yourself a confidence boost.
Then you can guess how much time each task will take, for example, you could say that you want to start easy with yoga, so you are going to do yoga every sunday for 15 minutes. You want to plan the next week for 30 minutes and painting your nails will take you 20 minutes. Then you add it up and see if it fits the time you set aside. Let‘s say you wanted to create a routine that takes you 90 minutes. Up until now you are spending 65 minutes doing the tasks you choose. So you still have 25 minutes that you can fill up.
Now, you can pick some more things you want to do till you have your 90 minutes routine. Or you can leave it at 65 minutes. After a week or two you can also change it, make it shorter, make it longer, change the tasks, until you found a routine that fits your needs the best.
Even though it‘s called a routine and that implies it is something that stays the same, it doesn‘t have to. When I say routine, I mean that you have this time at sunday evenings, where you can unwind, do something for you and stop studying. This routine can change according to your life. You can even change it every week. Or you could do this twice a week. On a Wednesday for a mid-week destress and on a sunday to destress before monday rolls around. Whatever floats your boat.
I hope you try it out! And I hope a sunday evening routine is going to help you being less stressed. Maybe even more ready for the challenges the new week could face you with.
Do you have a routine? Share it with us in the comments!
Thanks for reading 🙂