Can you relate to that sinking feeling you get, from 4 p.m. onwards on a Sunday? Has the weekend gone by super fast?
Feeling gloomy on a Sunday (aka Sunday night blues) is a real thing and it is usually a combination of feeling that the weekend is coming to an end, and another stressful work week is coming up. It is also possible to have this feeling if you do indeed love your job, so don’t worry too much!
It is a fact that work has become more of a drain to people due to the intrusive nature of emails and the ability to work remotely, which makes it harder for anyone to ever really switch off. So, how about we explore some tips on how we can make that dreadful Sunday feeling go away, and beat that end-of-weekend anxiety.
Tip 1: Switch Saturday With Sunday
We tend to do the fun stuff on Saturday, but how about leaving the errands, chores, and any other buzz-killing commitments to Saturday when you’re in a better mood?
Also, being engaged in an enjoyable activity will help to improve your mind. If you’re being kept busy, there is a less of a chance of feeling sad. Purposely plan something more fun to keep yourself occupied on a Sunday.
Tip 2: Unplug
If you are constantly checking your emails or doing work related stuff during the weekend due to a world of 24/7 connectivity, you may feel the Sunday blues even more due to never really switching off. It is important to spend some time unplugged to help you recharge and get ready and be even more productive in the upcoming week.
Tip 3: Have A Plan
This sad feeling also comes from your mind constantly thinking about all the tasks which you need to do in the upcoming week. Fix this by ending your work-week with a plan. Also, have a to-do-list waiting for you when you sit at your desk on Monday morning!
Tip 4: Make Friday The New Monday
Finish off all the annoying tasks on Friday to get these out of the way, and make sure to answer all your emails before you leave on Friday. This will help you to start fresh on Monday morning.
Tip 5: Positive Thoughts
Try and think of all the enjoyable aspects of work, such as meeting your colleagues, or a task or project that you are excited to handle. Keeping in mind that it’s not all bad is a good way to be more up-and-ready to face Monday.
On the other hand, if you are suffering from Sunday blues REALLY badly, maybe it is a sign that it is time for a change of job.
There you have it, enjoy ALL your weekends - welcome to a future of “no more sad sundays”!