The familiar Sunday Blues is a cultural phenomenon that is felt across all walks of life. Those feelings of minor depression, anxiety and dread for a jam packed week of work and chores can be experienced by even the youngest of family members. Though not nearly as prevalent during summer and school vacation, the Sunday Blues are often felt by children during the school year. This article will offer some practical and fun tips to employ during the months of September through June, to minimize the Sunday Blues in kids.
Plan A Fun Outing On Sunday.
Scheduling your annual pumpkin picking, neighborhood block party or shopping expedition for Sunday can go a long way towards reducing the feelings of the Sunday Blues in children. Knowing that a fun and festive experience is in store for them at the end of the weekend can turn Sunday’s frowns and sour attitudes to happy smiles and feelings of excitement and expectation. Spend Saturday getting necessary chores and errands out of the way leaving Sunday for fun and festivity. Getting the to-do list checked off earlier in the weekend will ensure that all the chores and errands are completed and Sunday will be a fun, family day minus the scowls and typical lack of energy or positive attitude.
Keep The Same Schedule During The Weekend As Much As Possible.
While it may be easier to cave in to your children’s begging for a much later bedtime or junk food diet during the weekends, it is far more beneficial to keep to the regular schedule as much as possible. It is certainly not disastrous to extend bedtime to an hour or allow a few extra treats on the weekends, but maintaining as close to normal a schedule on Friday and Saturday nights can help to minimize the Sunday Blues in children. Children thrive on a well kept schedule and often get anxious when faced with extreme changes in their daily routine and expectations. Keeping their lives as routine as possible on the weekends is not a punishment, but a gift. It will keep the Sunday Blues at a minimum and reduce the amount of anxiety they feel come Monday morning.
Make Completing Homework Assignments On Friday A Household Rule.
Nothing can cause a case of the Sunday Blues faster that having to frantically finish an assigned homework assignment on Sunday afternoon or evening. Make completing any school assignments a Friday ritual and I guarantee you will see a reduction in the Sunday Blues in your children.
Include Exercise In Your Sunday Schedule.
Even if lounging on the couch watching movies or football during the school year is a regular family routine, squeezing in a half hour of exercise that day shouldn’t be a problem. Gather the family for a bike ride on Sunday morning or take a walk through the neighborhood on Sunday afternoon. Getting the kids engaged in a physical activity that is fun and heart healthy will make a huge difference in the minimizing the Sunday Blues. Take advantage of the seasons and engage in enjoyable activities that celebrate nature. Go on a nature walk to enjoy the Fall foliage or cut down your own Christmas tree at a tree farm. Plant Spring bulbs together and don’t forget the leaf raking in early Fall. Have all the kids join you in the yearly ritual of cleaning and storing the Patio furniture. Celebrate your hard work and exercise with a low calorie and low fat treat such as frozen yogurt or baked apples. Engaging your family in these seasonal activities can go a long way towards lessening the Sunday Blues and help you bond as a family unit as well.