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How to avoid The Sunday Night Blues

21 Sep 00:00 By Vanessa Dolan

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​I am sure it's not just me, and it's not - research has showed that 76% of respondents had the case of “Sunday Night Blues”. The Sunday Night Blues is now classified as a psychological condition in which we experience anxiety the evening before returning to work after the weekend.

It’s such a shame that it can ruin a completely awesome weekend. There are things you can do during the week and the weekend to that can help.

Here are my top 5 tips to avoid The Sunday Night Blues.

Tip 1. Identify the triggers:

If the Sunday Night Blues set-in on a regular basis, you need to take the time to analyse your concerns. Is it about a lack of growth in your business? Do you feel overwhelmed by your work load? Once you identify the problem you have a better chance of fixing it.

Tip 2. Do an end-of-week recap:

Instead of taking off as fast as you can on a Friday, take a few minutes to update your project status and task lists. When you organise your thoughts on paper (or an app) your brain won't feel as burdened come Sunday afternoon. If there is no need to sort out what needs to be done on Monday morning, you'll feel less stress on Sunday.

Tip 3. Resist the urge to work:

Feeding the anxiety with more stress, like spending the entire evening behind your computer, can lead to workaholic tendencies. If you do your Friday recap and remain organised with your tasks and projects, re-entry won't be as difficult on Monday morning. If you must check emails or do a bit of work, keep it under 30-minutes. Of course, there are the occasions when working on the weekend is necessary, just do your best to keep it to the occasional weekend.

Tip 4. Have some fun:

Do you see Sunday evening as a time to spend alone and unwind? If you turn to worry and stress perhaps you'd be better to schedule simple plans for the evening. I'm not suggesting avoidance, I'm suggesting that it's easier to slump into depressive thoughts when we're alone. Be sure to examine your situation, but also have a little fun on Sunday nights. You can schedule times to rest in smaller chunks throughout the weekend.

Tip 5. Exercise and eat well:

There's something about the weekend that opens the door to unhealthy eating and drinking - in moderation that's fine. But do make sure to supplement the junk food and alcohol with healthier options to keep your body and mind in good shape. Most people don't realise the impact unhealthy foods can have on their mood and energy. Don't neglect a good workout or long walks on the weekend. Studies show that regular exercise can decrease stress, elevate your moods, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem.

I hope this has helped and if you have any feedback, I would love to hear from you.