Sundays Can Be Dreadful

You’re dreading waking up on Monday to your duties as it is Sunday night. Being human and carrying out our duties is difficult. Sunday evenings can cause a great deal of dread and anxiety. How many of us eagerly await the weekend only to have it end as quickly as it begins?

What message are your Sunday frights trying to convey? Is there anything else going on outside the upcoming workload, tiredness, etc. Here are a few typical warning indicators that you could recognise:

  • Making an effort to obtain adequate sleep for the week
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sweating
  • Overplanning (often creates a false sense of control) (often provides a false sense of control)
  • Muscle pains and tension
  • Avoidance through distraction, procrastination, etc.
  • Increased anxiety
  • Overburdened by the volume of work
  • Reduced appetite
  • Elevated heartrate
  • Shifts in mood
  • Feeling of fear

It can be incredibly challenging to switch from leisure to work mode. Many of us eagerly await the weekend so that we can complete all of our tasks, unwind, and fulfil our obligations, among other things.

How can we enjoy our weekends to the fullest? Here are some tips :

  • Front-load your Fridays to make the weekend less demanding.
  • Establish a unique, unwinding Sunday schedule.
  • Have a special Monday-only event to look forward to.
  • Brain dump everything you’re thinking so you can sleep well.
  • Ask for assistance (may the tasks be delegated?)
  • Move and take care of your body (what does your body need vs. pushing your body to do what you want it to do)
  • Acceptance: Stressing over Monday won’t make it any better
  • Do the Sunday scaries really exist, or is there another cause? seek assistance when necessary

Even if you are entirely passionate about your work, relationship, parenting, etc., you can still experience the Sunday scares and burnout. Our symptoms are subliminal cues from our bodies that tell us to slow down, get support, and possibly even change our perspective on work/life balance.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Brenda says:

    Great post GS. I think your post is well timed. As we approach the end of the year (and Christmas for many people) this brings added stress and people may not be taking the weekend to recharge and, as you said, look after themselves. Its important to look after ourselves and listen to our bodies throughout the year, but when we’re busy, rushing around trying to do additional tasks/duties etc, we get more stressed and increase the risk of burnout. We then return to work feeling more stressed; adding to the pressures that our body is trying to cope with.

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    1. GS says:

      Yes a very good example indeed. We need to take baby steps today to prepare ourselves

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  2. Reaseaorg says:

    Acceptance is so key. I personally am “guilty” of overthinking about Monday on Sunday which certainly isn’t the most healthy or mindful of things to do, but I do agree that doing more on the Friday does ease off the demands of the Sunday to help 🙂

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    1. GS says:

      Yes I agree on that too

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