Francis calls it Reentry. I really like the terminology there. The transition from the peaceful bliss of weekend life to the uninterrupted needs of the classroom is probably just like the transition from outer space back to the Earth's atmosphere. I've never been a spaceman, but I can bet that there's some quiet groaning on the return trip to reality.
A bit dramatic? Not in the slightest.
I've been making an effort to beat the Sunday blues lately. Before we head into the weekend, I want to present to you, friends, the wee lessons I've learned to minimize the woes of Reentry and to get your week off to the best start.
Cooking checks a lot of things off the list that make me feel like I'm ready to go for the week. It means stocking the kitchen with groceries. I like to take time on Sundays to cook a large quantity of one or two things, pack it into containers, and stack them in the fridge. Knowing that I have lunch ready for work each day makes me rest a lot easier, especially for busy weeks when healthy decisions are harder.
I try to wake up semi-early one weekend day to get a workout in. It boosts my mood, keeps me sand, and helps me make the most of the remainder of the day. A Sunday workout in the morning or afternoon is a great way to start the week with a positive habit.
As much as I try to not bring my work home with me on the weekends too much, it does feel really great to knock out a couple of hours on Sunday. If it's not work work, like grading or lesson planning, I feel tremendously accomplished knocking out some life work, too. I've found that errands run on a Sunday are a lot less stressful than the ones that need to be fit into the middle of the week.
These tips are reminders to myself, more than anything. Every week is a fresh start! I'm gonna get this one.