Sunday Blues - It's Real And It Sucks
It's a universal fact, when the closer the clock gets to 5:00 p.m. on a Sunday the more anxious people get. It's called Sunday Blues, and it's ruining a portion of your weekend.
Studies have shown close to sixty percent of working adults experience some form of Sunday Blues. One psychologist shared with us that people have such a high dose of weekend dopamine (the happy hormone) when Sunday comes they crash. Your mood crashes and you tent to start feeling restless. As you look around your house, you may start to feel annoyed with the pile of laundry, garbage that hasn't been taken out, and the lack of groceries in your refrigerator. You start thinking about stressful work or activities coming up. Sunday Blues also have been shown to interrupt your sleeping habits.
Stop embracing it. Self-talk can go a long way. Continue to preach gratitude to your mind. When that doesn't help, try these tips:
1. Put Sunday Night On A Pedestal
Find something that you love and look forward to doing. Now, remove it from Saturday when most people have their most fun, and make a Sunday night tradition. When your mind has something to look forward to it tends to trump whatever negative thoughts you might start having.
2. Do Not Work
Work is not for Sunday nights. Turn off your work phone and unplug your computer. Use Sunday nights as a time to spend alone, with friends or family, but not answering work emails.
3. Get outside
Sip tea when the sun goes down, walk around the park and maybe swing on the swings, or eat dinner on the porch. Whatever you do, do it outside. The fresh air allows and wide open world allow for you to see there is more than the four walls where you work.
4. Don't Treat Sunday Night Different
Do you notice that 7:30 p.m. on a Sunday feels like it's ticking close to midnight, but on every other day of the week 7:30 p.m. is when you have dinner ready with your family? Studies have shown that going to bed and waking up at the same time is good for your body. Well, so is making every day the same (timing, not activities). So don't rush for a 4:00 p.m. dinner because it's Sunday. Work in what you have to, but continue pushing through your routine.
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