I was sitting enjoying a Tuesday night glass of Sancerre with a friend and she brought up a brand new way to look at the Sunday night blues and its to add one more day of anxiety induced thoughts about the work week – she is starting the scaries on a Saturday! She’s not alone. I used to watch the clock for 5pm to hit and race off to the bar to complain with my coworkers and wake up on Saturday with a little regret for that 5th drink and alot for what I may have said and a ton of dread about making sure I used my weekend to properly prepare for my upcoming week. No need for coffee thanks, I was running on 100% pure American anxiety.
A new survey by LinkedIn found that 80% of workplace professionals experience stress and anxiety that builds up on Sunday nights before the return of the work week. 80%? WTF?! #wtf?! This means when you go to work or school tomorrow for every 10 people you see, 8 of them barely slept last night. 8 of them tossed and turned worried about their to-do list. 8 of them probably laid in bed most of the night before and this morning creating excuses to NOT come in today.
And instead of this madness starting happening only on Sunday, I think this is just happening all the time. We are constantly running thoughts through our head that never offer us the option to disconnect from work, reset and feel recharged for a work week of ‘never enough’. Let’s face it, are all getting squeezed to do more at work, often with less resources and less money and I don’t know about you but robots?!
And instead of this madness happening only on Sunday’s, I think it is starting to happen all the time. We are constantly running thoughts through our head that never offer us the option to disconnect from work. It can be difficult to reset and feel recharged for a work week of ‘never enough’. Let’s face it, we are all getting squeezed to do more at work, often with less resources and less money…and I don’t know about you but robots?!
All kidding aside, if you suffer from chronic Saturday/Sunday Scaries, does it mean you need to get a new job? Slow down…wait a minute…let’s investigate. Here are 4 things to consider when you’re suffering and if you still can’t get to the bottom of it…welp, yes maybe it’s time for a change of scenery.
Meditate on these 4 concepts and see how you can find a new perspective from the dreaded upcoming work week. If a change in the way you control your day…or…the healthy routine you create for yourself…or…your thoughts about how the other half lives…or…your ‘why’ doesn’t get you relief, then I suggest designing a life you don’t want to escape. We are only here for a short time on this swirling planet and its not worth it to spend 52 weekends a year (or approximately 2500 hours if you don’t sleep) in an anxiety-induced fog. We deserve to live a life of joy so do some personal sleuthing on how you can create that for yourself! If you need some help with this, I’d check out this awesome little exercise I designed to unleash the vision for your dream life.