You wake up to a lazy Sunday morning, just glad that you don’t have to go to work, but halfway through the day you start to feel out of sorts. It starts off as a general uneasiness that soon morphs into anxiety, depression, and despair. You can’t stop thinking about the week ahead, dreading the workload, and imagining the troubles you are bound to face. You try to take your mind off it by watching endless reruns of your favorite TV series while gorging on chips, samosas or jalebis! But, no amount of comfort food can make you forget the drudgery of packing lunches, doing the laundry, and facing a boss who’s slow to praise, but quick to criticize.
No, you’re not the only one who feels this way; almost all of us suffer from Sunday depression, which is often referred to as Sunday evening blues or Sunday night blues syndrome. Fortunately, there are ways in which you can save yourself the trouble of freaking out every Sunday.
3 Tips To Beat The Sunday Blues
1. Don’t Use The Television To Tune Out
“Instead of spending the entire day watching TV, make your own Youtube videos, or blogs or vlogs; this helps channel creativity and the excitement will overshadow any anxiety or depression”
Change your approach towards media and instead of spending the entire day watching TV, make your own Youtube videos, or blogs or vlogs. This is a practical way to channel your creativity and the excitement of creating your videos will overshadow any anxiety or depression. Remember that the ‘I Can Has Cheezburger?’ website started with just an image of a cat and a caption! It was created in January 2007 and sold in just 8 months for a staggering USD $2 million. Can you see your blues changing to green?
2. Brainstorm and Plan Ahead
“Once you have a plan in place and have your thoughts organized, you will find your Sunday evening depression slipping away as you now feel assured that you have things within your control”
While some people would prefer to leave scheduling and planning for the office, there are others who prefer to walk in on Monday with a detailed work plan for the week. Flop down on your bed with a journal and pen and a hot cup of tea and plan your week ahead. Have a brainstorming list for ideas regarding upcoming projects and jot down any queries for easy follow-up. Go through your mail and send off quick replies – even if it’s just a “touching bases” e-mail – which will give you a little additional free-time on Monday morning to adjust and take stock of work. Once you have completed your plan, you will find your Sunday evening depression slipping away as you now feel assured that you have things within your control.
3. Exercise and Meditate
“Exercise causes a rush of endorphins and serotonin, which are feel-good hormones, while meditation is extremely calming for the mind”
You’re probably tired of hearing about how exercise and meditation can work wonders for depression and anxiety. Before you dismiss it, give it a shot and you’ll be surprised at the results. Exercise causes a rush of endorphins and serotonin, which are feel-good hormones. Go for a late evening run or simply get off your butt and do a few lunges, burpees, and squats to shake off your Sunday evening depression. Follow up a good workout with a few minutes of meditation as this will help to calm your mind and get rid of your anxiety.
Don’t give in to the temptation to stay up late on a Sunday night and if you find yourself wondering about what to do on Sunday night… the answer is simple – sleep! Staying up late simply means that you will have a tough time waking up in the morning and your week will get off to a bad start with sleepiness and lethargy. Have an early dinner, go for a short walk or chat with a friend and then get ready for bed.