Quick Tips for Beating the Sunday Blues

Have you ever felt anxious or depressed on Sunday, especially in the evening? This condition is referred to as the “Sunday Blues” and is typically the result of apprehension about returning to work on Monday morning. This can sometimes be triggered by a lack of job satisfaction, but isn’t always the case. In some instances, the Sunday Blues can be associated with a particular job-related issue such as a large project looming, a long commute or a dispute with a co-worker. In still other cases, the condition is more about the fact that the fun weekend of socializing and doing what you love is over and time is approaching to get back to your normal weekday routine.

If you are currently experiencing the Sunday Blues, it’s important to realize that you are not alone! Many people experience this, it is completely normal and there are steps you can take to minimize your discomfort. Try the following quick tips to help you beat the Sunday Blues:

1. Socialize a bit during the week — Instead of waiting for the weekend to do all of your socializing, schedule some fun, low-key plans during the week. Think coffee after work or a casual dinner with a friend, joining a club that meets on weeknights or maybe even a cultural or sporting event.

2. Get out in nature on Sunday — Many times we run errands and get together with friends on Saturdays, but stay in much of Sunday. It’s important to keep your Sunday relaxing, but you can still get out and take a walk or have a picnic . . . spending time in nature can be very uplifting.

3. Self-nurture on Sunday evenings – Plan a relaxing bath, listen to your favorite music while cooking a great meal or call a friend or family member to catch up.

4. Follow your dreams – If your current career or life direction isn’t serving you well, begin to consider what your ideal job or life would be. Spend some time imagining the life of your dreams and stay open to ideas pointing you in a new and exciting direction.

I hope you find these quick tips helpful. It’s important to note that if your depression isn’t relieved, worsens or lasts more than a couple of weeks, you should consider seeking professional assistance. Relaxation Therapy (learning relaxation techniques and stress management exercises), Wellness Coaching, Traditional Counseling and Therapeutic Guided Imagery are all great, non-pharmaceutical options to try.