So this morning I was looking for a ‘Sunday’ picture to post. I trawled memes and quotes, scrolled through images, but nothing was right. It seems when you google ‘Teacher on Sunday’ you get a very limited option of material. Images are either linked to Sunday School (which isn’t what I was after), how much teachers dislike Sundays, or how we certainly don’t have Sunday as a day of rest.
After scrolling past a few images I quickly learnt teachers are not a fan of Sundays, especially Sunday night. In fact, there is a even a word created especially for us – ‘Smunday’. Apparently, it is when Sunday starts to turn into Monday, and teachers get anxiety about all the things they haven’t done and what they should be doing instead of watching Netflix.
Really, a whole word dedicated to our anxiety? Well I don’t know about you, but this is something I don’t experience. Sure, I might spend some time thinking about tomorrow or getting ready for work, but it does not cause me anxiety.
So what about resting on Sunday’s? Well apparently, we don’t get that either – we just get the rest of the housework, the rest of the cooking and the rest of the marking.
So no matter how you look at it, Sunday’s just aren’t great for use teachers.
Now neither of these themes worked for me, and it certainly isn’t how I want teachers to be viewing Sunday, so I just settled for a cute picture of a dog chilling a bath (it was the best I could find and everyone loves cute dogs).
But what is the real problem here?
Well it is that teachers (we) are being led to believe we actually don’t like Sundays. Now if this is true for you, or if you have seen a few of these images and agree with them, you are missing out om one of the best days of the week.
Sundays are a great day!
It’s when you can sleep in, have a late breakfast (if at all), and finish the day with some kind of reality TV program – The Voice, The Block, My Kitchen Rules… they are all prime time Sunday viewing.
Sunday is also great because you can plan for the week, get organized, set some goals and do something which will make the rest of the week easier (for me this always involves meal prep so my breakfasts and lunches are done, redoing my to-do list and looking at my goals, and sometimes choosing my outfits for the week).
So don’t make Sundays a day where you wait for the stress to arrive, or a day where you are doing ‘the rest’ of stuff, make Sundays the day where you say yes to what you want to do and how you feel and use it to make sure you continue feeling that way all week.
Now this may mean a little bit more organization on a Sunday night, writing down some goals and tidying your ‘to-do’ list, spending a few hours in the kitchen or only one reality TV show on Sunday night so you can turn the lights off a little earlier and get a good night sleep.
Whatever it is, it will make Sundays a great day and Monday even better!