Have you ever been out on a Sunday, enjoying time with friends and family, when all of a sudden you are filled with a sense of dread or anxiety about the upcoming work week. All of the upcoming projects, meetings, and appointments suddenly come to the forefront of your mind and you can no longer enjoy whatever activity you were happily engaging in a few minutes ago. Your happy demeanor suddenly vanishes and you are left feeling depressed and anxious about the next five days. Continue reading below for some ways to banish the Sunday night blues and take back control of your Sunday!
Organize on Friday: The Sunday Night Blues occur more frequently when we feel unprepared for the upcoming work week. We start worrying about all of the impending due dates and stress about how we will possibly get everything done in time. Take 15 minutes before you leave work on Friday to go through the list of projects that are due next week and assign a priority level next to each project. The projects with the highest priority level will be tackled first. You can write this list on a post-it-note and leave it on your computer screen so that you will see it first thing Monday morning. As part of this process, you should review your calendar to make sure any to-do’s needed for upcoming meetings are including in your weekly priorities. You also want to make sure that you are aware of an early morning meetings so that you can arrive at work on time and prepared. Once your list of projects have been prioritized and you have a firm game plan on what projects and meetings will be tackled on Monday, you should feel a lot less anxious about your upcoming work week.
Create a Sunday Night Ritual: In order to minimize your Sunday Night Blues, make the most of your Sunday nights by creating a ritual that you can look forward to all week and weekend long. This could be something as simple as grabbing dinner with a group of friends every Sunday night. If eating out each week doesn’t sound appealing to you, and you have a DVR or HULU, you could choose a few of your favorite shows to save and watch on Sunday night. If you like to read, you could find some quiet time and curl up on the couch with your favorite book and a glass of wine. It really doesn’t matter which activity you choose as long as it is something that makes you happy and that you will look forward to all weekend long.
Be Active: There are a lot of ways that you can be active including going for a run, walking on the beach, hitting the gym, riding a bike, kick-boxing, or going to your favorite yoga class. As you probably know, exercise releases endorphins which naturally makes you feel happier. Exercise is also known to reduce stress and alleviate anxiety. So the next time you feel the Sunday Night Blues starting to creep up on you, get up, be active, and let your blue mood shift to a happier one.
Relax Before Bed: Relaxing before bed is one of the most important things you can do to start off your work week right. If you spend Sunday night obsessing about your upcoming meetings and projects, you will find it hard to fall asleep and get a good night’s rest. If you don’t sleep well, you will be tired on Monday morning and unable to perform at your best. Some ways to relax include taking a bubble bath, listening to calming music, reading, or meditating. Find what works for you and be sure to relax so that you can get a great night’s sleep.
Treat Yourself Monday Morning: It can be especially tough to get out of bed on Monday morning. You are often overwhelmed by all that needs to be done throughout the week and are still tired from all of your weekend activities. Sometimes you may need a little extra encouragement to get out of bed and a treat may just be the thing to help you get up, dressed, and ready to tackle the work week. The treat could be something as small as a Grande latte from Starbucks or a pastry from your favorite bakery. You could hit an early class at your local gym or pack a special lunch. Either way, incorporate something special into your Monday to make the transition from weekend to work week as smooth as possible.
Weekends are a time to relax, explore, and spend quality time with your loved ones. Don’t let the anxiety about the upcoming work week ruin your weekend and take time away from the activities that you enjoy. Try these five easy tips to take back your weekend and banish those Sunday night blues forever.