How to Beat Those Sunday Blues

posted: 08/21/16
by: Amanda Mushro
sunday blues

Ahhh, the weekend. The time to unwind, relax, and recharge. But then it hits you: the sadness, the dread, and that unmistakable pit in your stomach, the Sunday Blues. One survey found that 80 percent of Americans report having the Sunday Blues. Rather than enjoying our Sunday, we often feel depressed about having to go back to work on Monday.

So how do you shake the dreaded Sunday Blues and start enjoying your Sundays? It's all about planning and perspective.

Spend Some Extra time on Friday Doing Monday Tasks- Most Fridays, we want to run out the door and head home early, but give yourself extra time on Friday to complete any tasks that will make Monday a little easier. Finish up paperwork, clear out your inbox, start working on next week's to-do list, or even leave your workspace neat and clean so Monday morning will be a little kinder to you.

Complete Sunday Chores on Another Day- Part of the Sunday Blues is completing all those tasks that we just have to do because, well we are adults. Sigh. So try to complete some of those tasks on Saturday or even during the week. If you don't have during the week, try outsourcing these tasks. Many grocery stores now have online ordering or delivery services, and hiring a cleaning service can safe you time and sanity when it comes to cleaning.

Make it Sunday Funday- To keep your mind off Monday morning, plan Sunday activities with your family or friends. Go to brunch, meet friends for a shopping trip, get outside and enjoy the weather. Rather than sitting inside and stressing about Monday, go out and have some fun!

Treat Yourself- Give your otherwise dreary Monday a bright start. Swing by and grab your favorite coffee, give yourself a few extra minutes to do yoga before work, or try moving Monday meetings to another day so you can ease into the work week.

Make Plans for the Weekend- To keep your mind off a grueling Monday followed by a long work week, plan something to look forward to and be excited about. It could be date night, fun family time, or just getting time to relax and focus on yourself. When you feel yourself dreading Monday, think about the fun you'll have next weekend instead.