The Sunday blues

I don’t know whether anyone else has memory of the Sunday evening blues, but it seemed very real to me, when I was little. At the time I never understood why by Sunday evening I was beginning to feel so miserable.

After initial research, I found out it’s all to do with a combination of the weekend coming to an end, with the anticipation of 5 days of pressure until the weekend again. Unfortunately, work and school have become more of a drain for many children than it was a decade or even two decades ago.

There’s more that we dread. Sunday becomes a transition day that can feel like the end of something good. Even if we only experience this feeling on a Sunday night, it’s 52 times a year that the body will go through the emotional roller coaster of dread and anxiety on that day.

The Sunday blues can take its toll on us physically, causing insomnia, high blood pressure, loss of appetite and irritability. These feelings may also be triggered by a lack of job satisfaction generally, or can be associated with a particular job-related issue, such as a project looming or a long commute to work.

Children will also experience the Sunday blues in anticipation of their new school or week. This is something I was completely familiar with. In other cases, the condition can arise as the fun weekend of socialising and doing what we enjoy is over and time is fast approaching for us to get back to our normal weekday routine.

For many people this condition is completely normal. However, there are steps we can take to minimise the affects of these feelings:

  • Try to be more proactive during the week so that we’re not just proactive at the weekend. Arrange to meet a friend for a coffee or a meal, or find something to do after dinner;
  • Write your thoughts down so that you know what your trigger points are;
  • Go for a walk in the park or the countryside if possible. Spending time around nature can be both very uplifting and relaxing. We’re much more likely to relax and sleep better after fresh air and exercise;
  • Pamper yourself on a Sunday evening, or listen to music. Enjoy a relaxing bath; cook a special meal or call a friend or family member just to catch up.

It’s helpful to know now that my struggle as a child with the Sunday blues was real; that it actually existed. I used to think there was something wrong with me.

28 Dec, 2013

6 thoughts on “The Sunday blues

  1. Great post and information. I remember as a kid having this.

    I hated going to school, mainly because I was picked on. Mondays were the worse! Now I know why. Mom would have a terrible time getting me out of bed on Mondays’ especially.

    I was such a grouch and then at the bus stop I would cry sometimes or come up with a reason why I couldn’t go to school and mom would take me to my grandmother’s to stay for the day because she worked.

    Nowadays I don’t remember feeling like this when I worked. I’ve enjoyed the jobs I’ve had and am looking forward to getting to work again soon.

    1. You had good reason Lisa. I am sure you would have had the feeling, but being picked on in school reinforced where you were with it all.

      It’s a shame (and I had it too) that your mum didn’t do something about you being picked on; or maybe she did, you haven’t said. I remember being picked on in High School and nothing was ever done about it.

      We get through of course, but things could be made easier with the right support in place. Pleased you love to work.

  2. Yes, I remember that feeling very well and it was usually from the thought of having to go back to school to be tortured for another long week! No wonder I was always feeling so stressed and physically ill by late Sunday night.

    It didn’t really change a lot when I was working, considering that wasn’t much different sometimes. I haven’t felt it much for a long time considering I haven’t been on a regular schedule.

    It is very nice to understand why I was feeling the way I did when I was a kid!

    1. Yes thanks Randy. It is always nice to understand why we felt the way we did. I was beginning to think it was me!

      I am sure though, that given what you were dealing wouldn’t have helped the feelings you had. I hated the Sunday evening blues. Having to go back to school Monday to struggle with one particular girl in school.

      I know how you feel.

  3. Thankfully I have never experienced the Sunday blues, either growing up or subsequently, but I can understand why some people do and it sounds very distressing.

    I like your suggestions and perhaps we should try them out in any case.

    1. I think your suggestion to change the way we do things during the week, regardless of whether we struggle with the Sunday blues is a good idea.

      I find keeping busy does help with our emotional and physical health.

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