5 Things to Do in the Kitchen to Ward Off the Sunday Scaries

updated Dec 17, 2019
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It’s a universal fact that Mondays are tough. We’re not going to say they’re the worst because you can master them, but it’s a safe assumption that the first day of the work week causes you some stress. Maybe a lot of stress. And maybe you start worrying about Mondays on Sunday, so then your Sundays start to become stressful too.

Well, we’re here to help you ward off those Sunday scaries with a few kitchen coping mechanisms. After all, Sundays are 50 percent of your weekend and you don’t want to spend that precious time in a state of anxiety, do you? No, we didn’t think so.

1. Make a to-do list (and a cup of tea).

Sometimes we get really freaked out about all the things we have to do for the week ahead and it just sort of spirals in our mind to the point that it feels like there’s no way we can possibly get it all done. Take a breath, make yourself a cup of calming tea, and write it all down. You might be surprised that your to-do list is shorter (or more manageable) than you thought.

2. Check something small off that to-do list.

One of the best ways to relieve anxiety over all the things we have to do is to actually do something productive. But if it’s too overwhelming, don’t feel like you have to meal prep for the entire week. Instead, start small: Make tomorrow’s breakfast or pack some snacks so that they’re ready for when you’re getting lunch together in the morning.

3. Tidy up your kitchen.

It’s stressful to wake up on Monday morning to a messy kitchen. So turn on some music and do a quick clean: Load the dishwasher and run it, clear off the counters, and wipe down the sink. Bonus points if you set up your coffeemaker, so that all you have to do in the morning is push a button.

4. Assess the contents of your fridge and pantry.

Even if you do zero cooking on Sunday, take a look in your fridge and see what you have. Move things that are going to expire soon to the front of your fridge, so you’ll see them. Do you have veggies that need to be used and some rice in your pantry? Tomorrow’s night dinner is solved: stir-fry!

5. Invite friends over to cook with you.

Cooking is always more fun with company (and a glass of wine!). Make a big batch of lasagna with friends and you’ll all be set for for a few meals.

What do you do in the kitchen to help ward off Sunday scaries?