Yesterday’s post was about the freedom of a Saturday, a free ticket to lounge and be lazy and have it totally be okay. But my Sundays, on the other hand, are a day of preparation for the rest of my week. I remember Sundays from my childhood; my mother always urged us to be sure our homework was complete, we were bathed, had clothes laid out for the next day and basically just get ready for the week. I suppose this, in addition to many other things from my childhood, has shaped the way I do things in my adult life. I generally feel like the weekend is over at about 4 pm on Sundays, because the rest of the evening is making preparations (whether physical or mental) for the upcoming week. Not a whole lot of people (i.e. Jay, my boyfriend) get this about me, so I decided to share.
Mondays are generally hard enough for me, being that they are usually the toughest day of my workweek and it’s just so hard to get out of bed at 4:30 a.m. when I’ve been waking up slowly around 9 a.m. (or in today’s case I was up at 9 to pee and then didn’t actually get out of bed until 2 p.m.)! That is why I like to ensure the coffeepot is set, the dishes are done, the house is tidy; when I wake up it will be less stressful.
Clutter really isn’t good for our health. The experts say that even junk email can raise your stress level. They recommend deleting junk right away in order to avoid high stress associated with your email account. Which, really, kind of makes me chuckle. Like who says “Oh jeez, Marv, I’m just so stressed out by all of this junk email that I think I may need a XANAX!” On a more serious note, it is important to create an environment for ourselves that isn’t going to depreciate our moods. It’s sort of a trickle effect in my mind. If I’m spending time fretting about a stupid mess (and/or avoiding cleaning said mess) it’s probably going to irritate me in the back of my mind until it just gets picked up and I can relax once again.
I know some may think, ‘Well, silly. If you cleaned up your mess on Saturday then you wouldn’t have to worry about it on Sunday!’ but really? I think if I cleaned on Saturday I’d probably still end up cleaning on Sunday, too and then would I really get to enjoy the weekend at all?
So, all of that being said, I guess I’ll go run the water for dishes, go dig out the vacuum cleaner and maybe, just maybe clean the toilet. (Actually, the bathroom is my favorite room in the house to clean– instant gratification. One minute, you want to vomit because your toilet looks like a germ war zone and the next–poof! It’s sparkling clean!)
So I leave you with two questions: 1) Do you rest on Sundays or get ready for your week ahead? 2) What, if any, is your favorite chore?