Iam so over-planned for the week, that I am eager for Sunday to come by to plan more. The magic of a Sunday evening plan is slowly unraveling itself as I start Feb with its lovely intention of mindful eating.
Sunday evening plans are magical, yes
Sunday evenings after a well-spent winter weekend are a torture. The idea of a Monday and a whole week ahead in extreme cold isn’t enticing. More so, if you’re driving 40 mins one way, each day to work. Because I made my calendars intentional, I am also pushing myself for self-care and finding more time. Planning the week is one way to cut down on anxiety led moments. Yesterday for the first time, I dug up Dropbox Paper to make a to-do list of food and clothing options. Just to give myself more time in the mornings and not rush.
A mindful eating meal plan
Pinterest has wonderful boards on mindful eating and options to look for when you’re preparing ideas for a meal. The most time consuming activity (also unnecessary anxiety) I face is – ‘what should I cook today?’ I wanted to get rid of the surprise. Ideally, one should plan before shopping. But for this week, I made a plan based on what was stocked up in my fridge.
- Made a plan for breakfast, lunch, a snack and dinner
- Selected some regular recipes
- 3 new recipes using regular veggies (Pinterest/ YouTube)
- A green/happy checkmark each time I am sticking to the plan
Note: I usually take left overs for lunch and make snacks in advance (e.g. oatmeal/Yoghurt mixes etc.). I also find doing dishes (by hand with warm water) therapeutic.
A plan for what to wear to work
Uniforms are an inherently safe and a meaningful choice. But I do not work in a job that allows for consistency like that. I am not necessarily brave/adventurous enough to make a choice and wear the same color each day too. I am still learning to understand what palette I prefer.
- Made a detailed list of outfits for the week
- Included shoes, scarves etc. in the outfit (because, why not!)
- Feel Zuckerberg-ish reduction in decisions to be made each morning
- Feel less guilty for not wearing all these clothes that I forget about
Note: I have way too many Indian clothes that I find heartbreaking not to wear. But cottons and light silks don’t work well with Michigan winters.
What are you doing to destress yourself? Let’s see how far I can go with all this planning too 🙂