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.