You know that feeling of anxiety and dread as Sunday comes to an end and Monday is looming? Here are 4 effective ways to beat the Sunday night blues.
When Sunday night rolls around, I bet I’m not alone when it comes to getting the worst case of Sunday blues. The weekend is almost over. Monday is fast approaching, and the reality of the upcoming five-day work week starts to fill you with anxiety and dread.
According to a poll conducted by Monster, 76% of Americans report having “really bad” Sunday night blues whereas 20% of respondents are not affected by Sunday blues.
Even if you are one of the 76%, you don’t have to accept Sunday blues as an inevitable part of life. I used to dread Sunday evening, and spend the day fretting about going back to work. But Sundays can be just as enjoyable just by making a few simple changes in your routines.
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Get your chores out of the way on Saturday
It’s easy to fall into a routine of doing fun activities on Saturday, and leaving the boring and difficult stuff for Sunday. Instead, make Sunday less of a chore by getting most of your errands done on Saturday. Since it’s the first day of the weekend, you’ll have more energy and be in a better mood on Saturday, and the tasks and errands you have to do won’t seem as taxing.
This past Saturday, I spent most of my morning tackling all my chores around the house, vacuuming, doing laundry, cleaning the kitchen. So when Sunday came, I was able to just kick back relax, and even fit in a yoga class!
Organize and plan ahead on Friday
While the feeling of freedom might start to kick in on Friday afternoon, you can avoid the feeling of burden on Sunday nights by taking a little extra time to plan out your Monday on the previous Friday. I like to create a specific to-do list and set realistic deadlines. Before I leave work on Friday, I already know what I need to get done on Monday.
Resist the urge to work
Monday…the cycle of waking up too early, getting chained to the desk, and going through emails after emails. You may be tempted to check your overflowing inbox and get a jump start on unfinished assignments, but it’s really important to get unplugged. I try not to check my work emails at all, because I know if I see something that requires follow up, I will want to address it right away. And then it’s on my mind the rest of the weekend.
Resist the urge to work if you can, and do your best to clear your mind on the weekend. That way, you will feel more relaxed and recharged to tackle your work when Monday comes.
Make time for fun, low-stress activities on Sunday
Instead of worrying about the upcoming work week, keep your mind engaged with a fun enjoyable activity. Whether it is getting brunch or coffee with a friend, listening to calming music, or taking a yoga or meditation class. Focus on anything that will keep you engaged in enjoying your weekend, rather than dreading Monday.
With these tactics to beat Sunday night blues, you can have a better and more enjoyable weekend, setting a positive tone for the start of another work week.