Q: Sunday evenings are a real problem for me. I don’t hate my job, but I suppose like most people, I don’t love it either. Every Sunday without fail I start to worry to the point where I can’t sleep on Sunday evening. I normally fall asleep from exhaustion in the early hours of the morning. Mondays at work are always an issue for me because I’m always so tired. Is there anything I can do to stop the dreaded anxiety on Sundays?
A: Worrying about going to work on Mondays after the weekend (Sunday Blues) is very common. Winding down from the weekend to then going into work mode can be a difficult transition to make. But it’s this transition that holds the key to making the process a much more smooth one.
It’s all about balance – in your case, work/life balance. If you have a great weekend (and I hope you did!), and then all of a sudden on a Sunday remind yourself that the dreaded work day is coming, you’re teaching your body/mind to look at it as a negative. As you say, you don’t hate your job, so it shouldn’t be. This feeling of negativity is going to cause you anxiety and stress.
Instead, focus on the positives connected to work. What do you enjoy about work? What targets/goals are you striving to achieve? What will it mean to you and your career when you achieve them? We spend most of our time at work (if you work full time), so it’s important to look at it as a positive part of life, not a negative. The weekend is important, and the perfect time to wind down and relax, but it should be looked upon as part of the whole package. If you live for the weekend Sunday evenings will continue to cause anxiety and stress.
Action for Change
Focus on what’s positive about your work. Don’t live for the weekend, and break the weekend pattern by planning your workweek on a Friday evening instead of Sunday. This will make the transition from Friday to Monday a much smoother one.
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