We wait long for the weekend and sometimes we start from the mid of the week to dream about what we would do. But has it ever happened to you on Sunday afternoons, to feel discomfort, sadness, nostalgia, sometimes a very annoying sense of emptiness? And you don’t know how to explain it? This is called Sunday Blues.
The idea of going back to work after the weekend causes many of us to feel uncomfortable. The reason is more than obvious if you think that after a couple of days that you have enjoyed your family, friends, or also being alone, another week is about to start with the usual routine, your personal and business commitments.
So, Sunday becomes the most terrible day of the week, showing us the little ability we have to live in the present. Indeed, we are too projected into the future.
Sunday Blues, when it starts
According to a survey conducted in 2012 in Great Britain, 41% of respondents, out of a total of 2,000, revealed not only the anxiety on Monday, but also the malaise that starts lurking since Sunday morning.
Around ten o’clock, for one in six people the first symptoms of Sunday blues begin. Half of respondents described Sunday as the most boring day of the week. Regarding Sunday habits, 75% of respondents said that they do not even go out; 46% would have no conversations, not even by telephone. Yet, 44% admit to feeling envy towards colleagues who enjoy themselves during the weekend. Knowing how to have fun seems to be the solution.
How to avoid Sunday Blues
On Sunday afternoon, we tend to face our reality more aggressively than on other occasions. Loneliness, frustration, and unfulfilled expectations pop up in a different way.
Often, without realizing it, we end up internalizing and avoiding it, thus going to sow the seed of discomfort.
Consequently, Sunday may become synonymous with sadness or boredom.
Then, why don’t you take the opportunity to get in touch with one or some of your friends, or relatives? This would add value to your Sundays.
Also, try not to be too idle and do some activities that are good for you. Cultivate what you love, your passions and develop your talents. On Sundays you have the time to do that.
Here are some other tips on how to avoid Sunday Blues:
- Organize the activities to be carried out on Monday from the Sunday afternoon. It will facilitate the transition from the weekend.
- Choose a relaxing activity at the end of the day.
- A good book or movie will help you cope better with anxiety.
Remember that in some cases, you may need professional help to manage unpleasant emotions, but in most of the cases you simply would need to create pleasant rituals so that you can start enjoying your Sundays.
Does it happen to you to have Sunday blues? What do you do about it?
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