Anyone with a full-time job has most likely experienced the sinking, end-of-the-weekend feeling known as the “Sunday blues.”
“The ‘Sunday blues’ refers to feeling down or being anxious on Sunday, especially Sunday evening,” says Dr. Shalini Sehgal, a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. Not everybody gets them, but for those that do, it can be distressing.”
Here are a few things you can do to keep from dreading the buzz of your alarm clock:
Plan a fun Sunday ritual. Make Sunday the day that you alternate cooking dinner at different friends’ houses or your weekly movie night (not too late, though!). It will give you less time to mull over workday annoyances.
Schedule an interesting activity for Monday. Give yourself something to look forward to early in the week, such as the meeting of your book club or plans to catch a cultural event after work. There’s no rule saying that socializing happens only on the weekends.
Step away from the keyboard. Instead of playing on your computer, get outdoors and take a walk, cook a new recipe, listen to music, or even indulge in a bubble bath. Taking a break from technology will help renew your spirit and give you a positive outlook.
Imagine your ideal life and start taking concrete steps toward it. No one is happy all the time, but people who are working in careers they actually love probably don’t dread Mondays the way you do. For example, musician Daryl Hall (of Hall and Oates fame) has co-written 11 No. 1 songs and spends his time restoring historic homes, hosting a Web series and jamming with some of the word’s coolest musicians. He probably doesn’t hate Mondays. But you don’t have to be a rock star to love your life. Write down your goals and dreams and decide on the next step you can take to make them happen. You may want to consult a career counselor for help.
Keeping all this in mind, it’s important to distinguish between the Sunday blues and what may be a more serious case of depression.