It’s Monday again! How was your weekend?
How did you feel on Friday at 5pm? Did you feel the same on Sunday at 5pm? Of course, you didn’t because they are not the same.
The freedom, fun, and flexibility you anticipated on Friday and experienced during the weekend end on Sunday. Often time that happiness is replaced with anxiety or dread of reporting to work on Monday morning and enduring another week in a job that doesn’t sustain you, fulfill you, value you, or adequately compensate you.
Sunday Night Blues are real. The Sunday Night Blues can be defined as anticipatory anxiety – the feelings of fear or worry around things that have not happened yet. Sunday Night Blues can also be defined as a feeling of dread, anxiety, and sadness that comes over you on Sunday afternoon or evening – Sunday Night Depression classified by psychologists as “situational depression”, or depression that happens as a reaction to your circumstances and goes away when the circumstances go away.
Here are 3 tips to help manage Sunday Night Blues:
- Prepare for Monday on Friday by closing out everything for the week and creating a task list for the next week. Let it all go when your workday ends.
- Maximize your weekend freedom. Don’t check your work email or voicemail messages over the weekend. Get your errands, household chores, and other tasks done early so you can enjoy the rest of your weekend time.
- Make Sunday a special occasion. Treat yourself by prioritizing sleep, engaging in fun activities, not over-scheduling yourself, and eating nutritious food that fills and fulfills you.
Sunday Night Blues is proof that something needs to change. You don’t have to wait until 2022 to level up. You CAN have a job that doesn’t make you dread Mondays and where you’re energized, well-paid, and appreciated. Let’s start working on your exit strategy.
Career fulfillment is possible for you!
Nicki Sanders, MSW, CEO, is a Career and Empowerment Strategist who helps high-performing women of color in management go from overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated to energized, well paid, and appreciated. Through Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, she also helps businesses recruit, hire, train, and retain great employees. Nicki has an extensive background in developing and managing successful programs and leading high-functioning multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life she loves. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.
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