5 WAYS TO KILL YOUR SUNDAY SCARIES WITH KINDNESS
Sunday Scaries — those pesky feelings of anxiety and melancholy that creep in as the weekend draws to a close. They are extremely isolating and they don't just occur on Sundays, they can haunt you during the week as well.
But fear not my friend, for there's a powerful antidote to tame these unruly emotions (and it goes great with CBD)... kindness!
When we're feeling down and isolated, the simple act of spreading kindness to others can work wonders for our own well-being.
American comedian Jimmy Durante put it so simply, yet eloquently:
"Make someone happy, make just one someone happy, and you will be happy, too."
So, let's dive into five heartwarming and mega-specific ways to cure your Sunday Scaries, while you brighten someone else's day along the way.
1. Reach Out and Connect: Set Up a Morning Coffee
When the Sunday Scaries strike, it's so freakin' easy to withdraw and feel disconnected. You feel isolated and alone and all you want to do is hide under the covers in bed, or lift them up for Netflix binge. But this is precisely the time to combat those feelings by reaching out to others. Text some friends and see who's down for an impromptu coffee meetup. You may not hit gold on the first text, so send a couple out and see what you reel in. If multiple people say yes, then boom! You got yourself a coffee clan. Humans are tribal creatures and we thrive off of engagement with each other.
When you get to the coffee shop, listen attentively to their stories, share updates from your life, and reminisce about the good times you've had together. The warmth of human connection will remind you that you're not alone in this journey and provide a much-needed sense of belonging. Your Scaries will diminish by the end of the buzz.
2. Volunteer and Give Back: Help at a Local Food Bank
One of the most powerful ways to combat the Sunday Scaries is by giving back to the community. Spend some time volunteering at a local food bank. Sorting and distributing food to those in need will not only make a positive impact but also provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Witnessing the gratitude on the faces of those you help will warm your heart and put your own worries into perspective. The act of selflessness and kindness can be incredibly therapeutic, leaving you with a deep sense of satisfaction and joy.
You can easily google a local food bank and just walk right in. The people working there will be so excited to see you and you'll probably make some solid connections, or friends.
If the food bank is closed, or too far, gather some items that you don't need in your closet and go for a walk to find a homeless person who would consider them treasure. Hand it to them and let them know you care.
3. Perform Random Acts of Kindness: Surprise with Snail Mail
Surprise someone with a random act of kindness that brings back the joy of traditional communication. No, this does not mean firing off a text or DM and calling it a victory. Instead, take the time to handwrite a heartfelt letter to a friend, a family member, or a colleague, expressing your appreciation for them. If you want, get ahead of the ball and order these funny appreciation cards from Amazon. In the digital age, receiving a personal letter is a rare and delightful experience. Your thoughtful gesture will not only brighten their day but also leave you with a warm glow knowing you've made a meaningful connection.
Once your friend or family member receives the card you will make their day, but your Sunday blues will diminish after you initially write it and send it. It's such a small gesture that takes very little time, but goes a long way.
4. Brighten a Senior's Day: Share Stories and Companionship
In American culture, the elderly are often forgotten or tossed aside in a retirement home. In Japanese culture, the elderly are very much respected for their knowledge and life experience and often stay in the homes of their children until death. In Japan, the younger generation bows to them in public!
Kindness often involves being present for someone who may need a little extra care and attention, most notably, the elderly. Seek out an opportunity to brighten a senior's day by spending time with them and sharing stories. Whether it's an elderly family member, neighbor, or a resident at a local nursing home, your presence and companionship can make a world of difference. Engage in meaningful conversations, ask about their life experiences, and listen attentively to their cherished memories.
Sometimes, older individuals may feel isolated and long for genuine connections. Your genuine interest and time will not only bring joy to their hearts but also leave you with a profound sense of fulfillment and gratitude for being able to touch someone's life in a meaningful way. Your Scaries won't matter anymore once you put this perspective in place.
5. Spread Smiles and Laughter: Share a "Joke of the Day"
When you wake up with Sunday Scaries, you may look in the mirror and see a frown. A genuine smile can work miracles, not just for yourself, but for others as well. Share smiles and laughter with those around you by starting a "Joke of the Day" tradition. Send a funny joke or a humorous meme to friends, family, or co-workers to bring some light-heartedness into their lives. These work especially well on group threads because engagement is much higher. If you don't have a group thread, then this is the perfect chance to start one. It will make you a leader and turn you into a beacon of connectivity.
Embrace humor and see how it transforms your Sunday Scaries into Sunday Smiles! Laughter is contagious, and as you spread hilarious stuff, you'll find yourself uplifted by the jubilant reaction it causes in others.
When the Sunday Scaries strike, remember that kindness can be your superpower to overcome them. By reaching out to others, spreading joy, and connecting with the world around you in these specific ways, you not only brighten someone else's day but also elevate your own spirits.
Human interaction and acts of kindness are like magical potions that bring comfort, joy, and a renewed sense of purpose. So, let's make curing Sunday Scaries a community effort—one detailed and specific kind gesture at a time! Let's go out there and be the reason someone smiles today.
Let's kill the Sunday Scaries together.