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Sunday Night Blues

Sunday Night Blues

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Even those of us lucky enough to have a job we love can succumb to the Sunday night blues. You know, the feeling you get when you realise the weekend is almost over and tomorrow you’ll be heading off to face a new working week. But if the dread of Monday morning is cutting into your weekend and spoiling your Sunday evening, then it’s time to do something about it.

Recognise that it’s not uncommon

Most people feel the Sunday night blues at least now and again and it can help to know you’re not alone. It’s completely normal to feel a little let down at the end of the weekend, especially if you have had a really busy one or, on the other hand, feel like you haven’t made the most of your time off.

Prepare in advance

When you get home from work on a Friday the last thing you probably want to do is prepare your stuff for Monday morning. However, by getting everything ready on Friday you can forget about work for the rest of the weekend and maybe even be able to fend off the feeling of impending doom until Monday morning. Equally, it will be easier to go into work knowing that you don’t have to complete and clear up last week’s tasks before you can properly get started so try to clear your desk before leaving for the weekend.

Do something fun

Sunday Night BluesMoping around the house just waiting for Monday to come around can make the Sunday night blues worse. Rather than spending the evening doing mundane tasks like the ironing or sitting in front of rubbish telly, do something fun. Invite friends round for a catch up, have a movie night with the family or have a romantic evening with your partner once the kids are tucked up in bed. The main thing is you try to relax and distract yourself from the dread.

Make plans

While you’re at it, make fun plans for during the week. Having something to look forward to, even if it’s just meeting a friend for a post-work coffee, can make the coming week seem much less menacing. It breaks up the week and makes your routine a little less monotonous.

Don’t drink too much

Granted, we already said you should enjoy a Sunday night but for your own good, keep your alcohol intake pretty low. Hangovers and Monday mornings don’t mix. Getting up and going to work will be ten times worse if you are feeling rough.

Tackle reasons for the dread

Sometimes the Sunday dread happens because you are anxious about tasks you know you’ll have to face, you are bored of performing the same routine every week or perhaps you’re being bullied in the workplace. If you can put your finger on a specific reason for your feelings then you’ll be happier if you face up to issues and tackle them.

Change your job

This one may seem a little drastic, but if you seriously dread going to work every day then perhaps it’s time to make a change. Consider whether it’s the job itself or the working environment that you hate. Maybe you’d be happier doing a similar role for a new company or perhaps your calling lies in a different career path altogether. Whatever decision you come to, life is too short to spend your working week unhappy and hours of your free time dreading going in so be proactive and do something about it.






About Maria Brett

About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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