Sunday is probably one of the most overlooked days of the week, but it is easily one of the most important. Sunday gives you an opportunity to take advantage of a free 24-hours that isn’t designated to any specific activity. You don’t usually have work or school, but there isn’t the pressure to go out like on Friday and Saturday. Instead of watching TV for 6 hours straight, take a look at some of my ideas to make the most of your Sundays, which can benefit you all week long.
Nurse a Hangover
In college, chances are you’ll wake up at least one Sunday morning with some reminders of the fun you had the night before, in the form of headaches, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. While the best cure for a hangover is time, there are ways to speed up the healing process. Drinking lots of water is the first crucial thing, as alcohol dehydrates your body, causing a lot of the terrible symptoms. Drink as much water as you can down in the day and you’ll start to slowly feel better. Aspirin or Tylenol can usually take the edge off of a bad headache. Check the label to see the dosage, but you can typically take a new dose every 4 hours. For an upset stomach, I have found that starchy foods with a salty flavour work the best, although these aren’t the healthiest option. If you want to go for a healthier choice, fresh fruit is high in water content and can up your hydration. Bananas are especially beneficial for their high levels of potassium and sugar, which are depleted after a night of heavy drinking. Finally, a short walk in the fresh air can do wonders for a sorrowful body. You may think that laying in bed all day is the only solution, but try a few of these options before crawling back under the covers.
You don’t want to start your week without preparing at all for what lies ahead. Take a few minutes on Sunday to look at what you’ve got planned for the week, and organize yourself accordingly. Make notes in a planner or calendar and double check any assignments or appointments you need to remember. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but organizing your plans for the week on a Sunday saves you a lot of stress later on, and make Monday morning a breeze.
Find Some Zen
Between school work, parties, boys, and family, college can get hectic at times. If you can find an hour or so on a Sunday, it is a perfect time to zone-out and find some peace. Turn off all electronics (TV, computer, even your Blackberry) and maybe light some candles. If you want, put on some relaxing music, and spend this time alone. Try to meditate on things other than the immediate stressors in your life. Focus on future goals and things to look forward to (like Summer vacation) while pushing out any thoughts that pop up about obstacles, or things you need to achieve before then. Even if you only spend 15 minutes, taking some personal time to reflect and relax can give you new energy and enthusiasm to tackle the challenges of the week ahead.
Sometimes it seems like the people we live with are the ones we see the least. If your roommates and you have different schedules that are all equally busy, it can be hard to find the time to really hang out. Sundays can be a great opportunity to catch up: maybe go see a movie together, have a “family dinner” and all cook together, or just chat for awhile about the week you’ve had. If you make an effort, Sundays may become your favourite day of the week for re-connecting and bonding with your roomies.
Plan Your Outfits
Remember when you were little, and your Mom would lay out your clothes for you the night before school? Well, sometimes we may wish we had someone to pull outfits for us every night now. I like to spend some time on Sundays trying on clothes in different outfits, layering different ways, and thinking of new outfits to wear throughout the week. You can take photos of the outfits you create for quick reference on a busy weekday morning. Not only is this a fun way to spend an hour or two, but it helps you look more stylish and put together all week long, when you may not have had time to put as much thought into your outfit.
What Do You Think?
How do you like to spend your Sundays? Will you be trying any of my tips? Leave a comment and let me know! However you decide to spend your day, enjoy it and try to look forward to the days ahead. College is a busy time, but it’s exciting, so try to enjoy as much of it as you can: something every college girl should know.