Dubbed Sunday Blues or Sunday Night Syndrome, it’s when your thoughts race worrying about the impending week; here are 4 ways to ease your mind:
#1 Realize what it means
As the weekend winds down, you may feel a sense of impending disaster, insomnia and the physical expressions of panic attack, such as racing thoughts and anxiety. As unpleasant as it is for the many who experience this phenomenon, Sunday Night Syndrome is not a psychiatric condition, says Larina Kase, PsyD, a business psychologist, author of Anxious 9 to 5 and founder of SundaySyndrome.com. Knowing this should ease your mind, because there are ways to take back your Sunday nights.
#2 Keep your schedule
Insomnia is a common outcome to the Sunday blues, especially due to the anxiety and stress of an impending early morning and a day filled with challenging work or a job that maybe you just don’t like. To counter this, keep your alarm set for the same time every day—including Saturday and Sunday. Sleeping in for more than a half-hour on weekend mornings just makes it harder to fall asleep on Sunday night. Just set it and forget it!
#3 Prepare and plan ahead
One of the easiest ways to head off the anxiety of feeling out of control from the pressures of everyday life is to get a grip on time management and find ways to work more effectively—which then means working less. One surefire way is to spend some time Sunday afternoon planning for the entire week’s meals and lunches. If you’re really eager you can shop for everything and make and freeze what you can. This will take a huge worry off your plate for the coming week and leave you with a huge sense of accomplishment on a Sunday evening.
#4 Make Sundays special
Treat yourself by planning pleasurable activities to wrap up the week and replace anxious feelings with a sense of excitement. It also helps to plan something for Mondays after work so you have something to look forward to and you think about it on Sunday evening. Boost your Monday night anticipation and make it a standing ritual like bowling or yoga class, or whatever regular activity you enjoy.
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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